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OBITUARIES

 

Patsy Ann Staggs Halter

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Roy Leonard Mann

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Taylor Strickland

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

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

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

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

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

 

James K. Best

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

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

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

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

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

 

Larry Cord Tugman


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kevin Joseph Van Meter

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

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


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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

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

 

 

Mrs. Bonnie Marie Hughes Marshall

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

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

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

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

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


Mr. Arlis Paul Smith, Jr.

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

Rodger Dale “Rod” Bizzell

 

Jo Flowers Atkins

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Jerry Don Garrison

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mary Alice McMillen

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

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

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

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

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

 

V. Rufus Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Brenda Waters Lemons

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

James Arnold Ward

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. James David Talley

 

Paul Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Usbaldo T. Gonzalez

 

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

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

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

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

John E. Farley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mary Lou Beard

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

William Andrew “Bill” Hardin

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tony Lynn Champion

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

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

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

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

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



Charles Robert “Johnny” Wright

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Mary Helen Jaquess Downing

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Stella Mae Keeney Shelton

 

Mr. R.B. Elliott

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

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

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

He is survived by his wife, Shu Elliott; two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula Elliott and Linda and Terry Murphy, all of Bossier City; one stepson, John Clint Holt of Benton, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Billy Murphy, Linda L. Murphy, Pamela Murphy, Armanda Elliott-Daulton; his great-grandchildren, Kiara Murphy, Blake Schmer, Elizabeth Elliott, Gracie McAllister, Jrew McAllister, Draxton Daulton, Stella Daulton, Brian Potter, Tayler Potter and Katey Murphy and one great-great-grandson, Harley Potter.

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

 

 

Harriett Sue Rogers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mr. Albert C. “PeeWee” Gentry

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Stegall

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Billy Ann Parker Smith-Buck

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Kenneth Wade McNealy

 

Mrs. Mary Joyce Perez

 

Salvador Perez-Gaspar

 

Mrs. Betty Louise Williams Biddle

 

Mrs. Carlene Breedlove Carver

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

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

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

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

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

 

Luther Lavan Smith

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mr. Bobby Gene Quinn

 

Ronda Darlene Kelly Mitchell

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

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

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

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

 

Mabel Lorene Payte Strasner

 

Ernestine “Teenie” Brummett Golden

 

Mr. Leonard J. Ruth

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruthie Marie Willis Blanchard McCoy
 

 

 

Betty Lee Hill Brock

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Clara Eslee Counts Presley

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Eddy Neil Owen

 

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

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

Neil was preceded in death by a grandchild, Kason.

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

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

 

 

Ronald D. “Ronnie” Kesterson

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can make donations to Holly Creek Van Fund.

 

Granvel Dean “Johnny” Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Wesley James Hudson, Jr

 

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mr. Danny Joe Suggs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mary Jane Berry Correnti

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Amos Ronnie Gauldin

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Jerry Dean Brown

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Layne Owen Webb

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

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

 He was preceded in death by his father.

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

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

 

Mrs. Judy Washington Green

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

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

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

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

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

Corinne Johnson Coker

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

Layne Jeffrey Woods

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruby Rogers Bivins

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Richard Melvin “Ricky” Sexton

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Mary Christine Huddleston Griffin

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

Mary Jo Miller Wade

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nola Lois Shelton Huffman

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gemmie Gladys Dickson Dellinger

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert Lewis Walker

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Darrell F. Brown, Sr.

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

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

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

 

 

Carol Ellis Davis

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Opal Marcell Gauldin

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Charlene Clay Miller

 

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

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

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

 

Arthur “Tiger” Raymond Nation III

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mary Ann Chapman Hill

 

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Lawrence H. “Snooks” Williamson

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Ruth Alma Cobbs Turner (Nonnie)

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Halley Gene “Sonny Boy” Clayton

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Cecil E. Birge, Jr.

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Charles H. Cauthen

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Theaola Christine Marsh Kesterson

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ora Faye Gore King

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 Mrs. Elwina Culp Ayers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Norvel Robert Lundberg, Jr.

 

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

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

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

Charles Edward Milam, Sr

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Nan Marie Friday Eason

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Christine Elizabeth Gregory

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Marcelene (Garner) Blankenship

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Norley Frank Bickley, III

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Betty Sue Brashear Gober

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

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

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

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

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

ADIE D. WILSON

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Mildred Faye Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Carl Stewart

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online registration is at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Lynn Cleveland Blackmon

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gary Wayne Bryant

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

James Luther McNully

 

Mrs. Patsy Collins

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Floyd Wayburn Kinney

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ella Jane Hoobler Allen Jordan

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Patricia Darlene Weeks Montanelli

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Kadon Norris Smith

Mr. Kadon Norris Smith, age 72, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at his home.

He was born to Kadon Dewey and Lissie Christina Norris Smith in Goliad County, Texas, on April 21, 1943. He was a former operator and foreman of Dow Chemical and was a member of First Baptist Church of Wickes, Arkansas and was a member of American Legion of Mena and Wickes Masonic Lodge, he enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents a brother, John Dewey Smith, seven sisters, Adora Miller, Lucy Turner, Elsie Simmons, Mary Lee, Kitty Forbes, Ella Simmons, Clara Johnson, and a great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife Mable Velma Hurst Smith, five sons and daughters-in-law, Kadon Carl Smith of Brazoria, TX, John Norris Smith and Kristi of Burleson, TX, Douglas Titus Irwin and Heather of Mena, AR, Jesse Samuel Irwin of Lone Star, TX and William Don Brown and Sherry of Wickes, AR, three daughters and sons-in-law, Ronda Gail Potter and Scott of Sweeny, TX., Cyndi Breshears of Wickes, AR and Princess Quilla Ellis and Billy of Quapaw, OK., one sister Bernadine Vrana and husband Rudy of Jarrell, TX., fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, October 8th in the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with burial in Daniel Cemetery Wickes, AR., with Bro. Scott Ray officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, AR. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 7th from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Taletta Johanna Christiansen

 

Sybil Onenne McAnelly Melancon

Sybil Onenne McAnelly Melancon, age 73, a resident of Timpson, Texas, and a former resident of De Queen, Arkansas was called home Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Timpson. 

She was born March 2, 1942 in Dierks, Arkansas. She was a 1960 graduate of De Queen High, served on the quorum court, worked as an abstractor and a legal secretary. She loved the Lord and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. She was a loving mother and after retiring she moved to Timpson to be near her children. Her grandsons were her pride and joy and she cherished every moment she spent with her family.

Sybil was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Edward Melancon; her parents, Harmon Edgar “Dock” and Dessie Agnes Shelton McAnelly and two sisters, Lois Huston and Patsy Cox.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Leslie and Rick Leathers and Jamie Melancon all of Timpson, Texas; one brother, W.D. McAnelly of Shreveport, Louisiana; two sisters, Alice Stubbs of De Queen and Linda Dehart of Ashdown, Arkansas; two grandsons, Blaze and Shelton Melancon and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Melancon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4, 2015 in the Redmen Cemetery with Ron Tilley officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Joy Evelyn Webb Raper

Mrs. Joy Evelyn Webb Raper, age 83, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, September 25, 2015, in De Queen Therapy and Living Center, De Queen.

She was born to Joe W. and Ola DeWitt Webb on July 10, 1932, in Dallas, Texas. She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and in 1996, her husband, Travis Raper.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Raper of Charleston, South Carolina, and Bitsy and her husband, Ron Griffin of Winston Salem, North Carolina, and two grandsons.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, September 28, 2015 in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, with Rev. Pete Nunez officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Alice Faye Smith Russell

Mrs. Alice Faye Smith Russell, age 64, a resident of Gillham, died Friday, September 25, 2015 at her home.

She was born to Coy T. and Naomi Burke Smith in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 23, 1951. She was a former employee of the Palace Motel, and was a retired associate with WalMart in De Queen, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wickes. She enjoyed gardening, and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and in 2002, her husband, Clifton Earl Russell. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Dale Russell, David Charles and Mary Russell all of Wickes, Steven Guy and Jarah Russell of Horatio, ten grandchildren, Devon Russell, Libby Russell, Seth Cash, Tyler Cash, Chase Caudill, Andrea Linville, Channing Caudill, Loretta Russell, Chandler Caudill, and Tyler Russell, two great-grandchildren, Kira Cash and ReeAnna Caudill, a sister, Linda Prestidge of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Donnie and Flora Smith of Story, Arkansas, and Kenneth Smith of De Queen, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Alice Russell will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 29th in Mt. Ida Cemetery with Rev. Scott Ray officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday, September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. The family will be at the home of Steven and Jarah Russell, 161 Campbell Road, Horatio, Arkansas.

 

Mr. Jarvis Ray Dedner

Mr. Jarvis Ray Dedner, age 63, a resident of Tom, Oklahoma, died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born to Rodney Doc and Martha Louise Maxwell Dedner in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on October 20, 1951. He was employee of Tyson Foods and was a member of Moon Church of God in Tom, Oklahoma and enjoyed hunting, horses, and mechanic work.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Rodney B. Dedner and Robert Humphrey, and two sisters Rose Cornelius and Nancy M. Harris.

He is survived by two sons, Kelvin Dedner of Madisonville, Louisiana and Jason Dedner of Odessa, Texas, two daughters, Angela Lewis of McKinney, Texas and LaTosha Carrillo of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two brothers, Arthur Junior Humphrey of Lockesburg and James E. Humphrey of Amarillo, Texas, five sisters, Martha K. Dedner of Camden, Arkansas, Janet Jones of Delight, Arkansas, Wanda Dedner of Rockwall, Texas, Neever Martinez of De Queen, Arkansas, and Miriam Dedner of Mesquite, Texas, seven grandchildren as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Jarvis Dedner will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 3rd in the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg, AR., with Pastor Ronald Goodloe officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be held Friday, October 2nd from 6:00-8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Herman Forest (Dago) Clay

Herman Forest (Dago) Clay, age 88, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born April 12, 1927 in the Melrose Community Lockesburg, Arkansas.  He retired from Local 798 Pipeliners Union, was a rancher, raised poultry and was a Mason for 55 years.

Dago was preceded in death by his parents, Joel (Boss) Washington and Leta (McKellar) Clay; his wife of 56 years, Aves (Harrison) Clay; three brothers, L.B. Clay, Robert Henry Clay and Cecil Clay.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law. Ronny and Wendy Clay of De Queen; Randall and Karen Clay and Larry and Joni Clay; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Gary Lowrey, all of Lockesburg; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, J.T. Clay of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, , Alton and Ernestine Clay and Wayne and Myra Clay all of Lockesburg; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Nelda McPhearson of Arlington, Texas, Joyce Gore of Lockesburg, Marilyn Groves of Memphis, Tennessee and Melba and Gary Gore of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Pat Clay of Lockesburg and Martha Clay of Texarkana, Arkansas and special friend, Emily Proctor.  He was Pa-Paw and Papa Dago to 9 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dago will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Belleville Church in Lockesburg with Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites will follow in Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 25th at the funeral home.

 

 

Virginia Lee Littlefield Taylor

Virginia Lee Littlefield Taylor, age 90, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Friday, September 18, 2015 in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville.

She was born May 24, 1925 in Dierks, Arkansas. She graduated from Dierks High School in 1943 and received her Bachelor degree in 1956 from the University of Arkansas; she finished college in 1961 with a Master’s of Science in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics in Decatur, Arkansas for two years and Dierks High School for thirty years. She was a member of the Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks and was an honorary member of the Howard County Teacher’s Association.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Mattie P. Crisp Littlefield. She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Freddie E. Taylor of Danville, Arkansas; one sister, Johnice Blackwell of Nashville; two nephews, John and Kathy Blackwell of Springdale, Arkansas and James and Candy Blackwell of Nashville; one niece, Mary Ann and Steve Frankenberger of Fayetteville, Arkansas; several great nieces, nephews and special friends, Mike and Teresa Moore.

Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday September 21, 2015 in the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blase and Bro. Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Monday September 21, 2015 at the church.

Viewing will be at the funeral home in Dierks from 12:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday September 20, 2015.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

 

Timmy Ray Champion

Timmy Ray Champion born August 26, 1955, in De Queen, Arkansas, died peacefully Thursday morning at his home on September 17, 2015, in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was a retired lumber grader and a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, fishing and gardening.

Mr. Champion was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Iler Barnett Champion also of Dierks.

He is survived by a brother, Tony Champion of Dierks; his aunt, Evelyn Shelton of Center Point, Arkansas and a number of cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Champion will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2015, in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with Mike Moore officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Mrs. Pearlie Leola Hill Nelson

Mrs. Pearlie Leola Hill Nelson, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Jeffrey Odell and Mary Jane Calvin Hill in Nashville, Arkansas, on August 22, 1932. She was a graduate of Little River County Training School, Ashdown, AR in 1951, and a graduate of the Cossatot Technical College with a nursing degree. She retired at the age of 79 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, and enjoyed gardening, quilting, and canning. She also enjoyed taking care of her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Jane Calvin Hill, her father and step-mother, Jeffrey Odell Hill, and Lydia Mae Nelson Hill, her husband, Lee F. Nelson, a daughter, Linda Nelson-Polk, and her siblings, Clora Mae Maxwell, Jesse Odell Hill, Marion Trammel, and Opal Friley.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jessie “Leroy” and Maria Nelson of Horatio; two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia Nelson Hearn of Wake Village, Texas, and Mary Carolyn and Rev. Daniel Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jack Donald and Naomi Hill of Alexandria, Virginia and Clifford Trammel of San Diego, California, a sister, Betty Wilson of Lockesburg; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, Willie Boyles, Agnes Gilmore both of De Queen, Mildred Nelson of Lockesburg, and a brother-in-law, Leroy Nelson of De Queen.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearlie Nelson will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, September 19, 2015 in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Superintendent E. A. Edwards and Elder Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, September 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Daniel Williamson, Jr.

Mr. Daniel Talmadge Williamson, Jr., age 80, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at his home.

He was born to Daniel Talmadge, Sr., and Mary Lou Chapman Williamson on October 15, 1934. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force where he was a veteran of Vietnam War, and was also retired from the Texarkana Police Department, Texarkana, Arkansas. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses, working cows, and camping. He was an animal lover, especially his dogs, Albert, Bell, and Max.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant daughter, Kasi Williamson.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wormington Williamson of Dierks, four sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel T. III, and Lucinda Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, Thomas and Kathy Williamson of Texarkana, Texas, Floyd Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, Chase and Deanna Williamson of Dierks, three daughters and sons-in-law, Tamala Stinson of Dierks, Kaye and J.C. Wade of Dierks, and Mary and Louis Jones also of Dierks, fifteen grandchildren, including a special grandchild, Garrett Williamson of Dierks, 13 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mary High of Texarkana, Arkansas, as well as other family members, and a host of friends.

Visitation for Mr. Daniel Williamson will be at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Dierks, Arkansas, on Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services for Mr. Daniel Williamson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Dierks, Arkansas, with Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Section Cemetery, Athens, Arkansas under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.
 

 

Eugene Lee “Gene” Halter

Mr. Eugene Lee “Gene” Halter, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 13, 2015, at his home.

He was born August 30, 1933 in De Queen. He was a machinist, farmer and a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Halter was preceded in death by his parents, Polly Joe and Laura Anna Miller Halter; one son, Joe Bill Halter and one brother, Henry Halter.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Ann Staggs Halter; one son, Steve Halter and one daughter, Pattie Chandler, all of De Queen; three brothers, Frank Halter of Horatio, Bill Halter and Ronny Halter both of De Queen; three sisters, Bobbie Hotard of Farmerville, Louisiana, Rosene Lachmiller of Fredericksburg, Texas and Betty Murry of De Queen; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Halter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Varda Ann McDonald Bohannon

Mrs. Varda Ann McDonald Bohannon, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

She was born to Joseph and Essie Marie Pickett McDonald on March 2, 1946, in Foreman, Arkansas
She was a retired employee of De Queen Medical Center, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed board games, hunting, fishing, camping, and cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Joyce Brewer, Wanda Bagwell, James McDonald, Donnie McDonald, Joe McDonald, and in August, her husband of over 51 years, Dan Bohannon.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug Bohannon and Andrea Jones of Horatio,
Larry and Michelle Bohannon of Gillham, a daughter and son-in-law, LaJuanna “Missy” and John Lindsey of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, four grandchildren and their spouses, Stefany and David Neal of Athens, Arkansas, Gina and Cory Mire of Horatio, Hannah Lindsey and Matthew Lindsey both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, three great-grandchildren, Emily Neal and Sarah Neal of Athens, Arkansas, and Cooper Bohannon of Horatio, a brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Sue McDonald of Lockesburg, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Billie and Charles Ramasco of Horatio, and Sue and Henry Bennett of Houma, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Varda Bohannon will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Wednesday, September 16th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. George Crumbly officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.
You many send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Sonya Deann Stubbs Turner

Mrs. Sonya Deann Stubbs Turner, age 34, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, September 6th in a Shreveport Louisiana Hospital from injuries received in an ATV accident.

She was born to Leroy M. and Essie Jeanelle Caswell Stubbs in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on February 8, 1981. She earned her associate degree, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, ATV, but most of all, she was devoted to Jeremy, and her children.

She is survived by her life companion, Jeremy Murchison of De Queen, a son, Alec-Zander Wade Turner and a daughter, Zae-Lei Layne Turner both of De Queen, her mother, Jeanelle Loyd of Wickes, her father and step-mother, Leroy and Cindy Stubbs of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Justin Wade and Kelly Loyd of Wickes, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Amanda Pannell, Kim and Tyler Frachiseur all of De Queen, and Amy and Charlie Lingerfelt of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, her grandmother, Esta Lee Caswell of Vandervoort, Arkansas, one niece, Adrienne Pannell of De Queen, three nephews, Asher Frachiseur of De Queen, Eli Loyd of Wickes, and Noah Lingerfelt of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, as well as other relatives and countless friends.

Funeral Services for Sonya Turner will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 11, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Thursday, September 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Frank Edward Barefoot

 
Frank Edward Barefoot, age 69, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Monday, September 7, 2015 at his daughter’s home in Lockesburg.

He was born February 11, 1946 in Greenwood, Mississippi and raised by his aunt and uncle, Irene and Clyde Swindle. He was a welder and a member of the Gospel Jubilee Church.

Mr. Barefoot was preceded in death by his parents, Arlanda and Inez Swindle Barefoot; his wife, Joyce L. Barefoot; his uncle, Clyde Swindle; two sisters, Betty Jordan and Ada Mitchell; and a brother, Wade Dean Barefoot.

He is survived by one son, Franky Barefoot of Lockesburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly Charmasson and Doug Legg of Galena, Kansas and Ginny and Pete Howard of Lockesburg; two grandchildren, Cassie and spouse, Jeffrey Reeder of Nashville, Arkansas and Zeke Green of Lockesburg; two great grandchildren, Copelin and Kutner Reeder; his aunt, Irene Swindle; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Billy Stinson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Joann Barefoot and Billy and Jean Barefoot, all of Greenwood, Mississippi; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Barefoot will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2015 in the Gospel Jubilee Church with Stuart Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Gospel Jubilee Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Rachel Elizabeth Mayo McCarley Smith

 

Harold Gene Dodson

 

Mrs. Cora Faye Young Gore

 

David Glen McNully

David Glen McNully, 77, of Little Rock died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, in Little Rock, Arknasas.

Mr. McNully was born Aug. 8, 1938 to Sammie Roy McNully and Lucy Moore McNully and raised near Horatio. He became a Christian in the Horatio Assembly of God Church at the age of 13. At the time of his death, he was a member of and ruling elder in Park Hill Presbyterian Church, North Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Garland Simer McNully; sisters Lahoma McNully, Viola McNully Alexander, Bera McNully Cook, and Lillie McNully Martin; and brothers Clifton (Bud), Sidney, Claud, Carlos, and Lemuel McNully.

He is survived by daughter Annabelle McNully Trettin of Ashburn, Va., two sons and their families: James McNully and daughter, Georgia, of Sherwood and Hollis McNully and Pamela Daniele of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Hollis’s children: Brandon McNully, Kristin McNully Pfister and husband Mark Pfister, and Lauren McNully, of the Atlanta, Ga., area; and honorary son Hollis Devasier of Horatio.

Surviving siblings are: Lyda McNully Reinheimer, Texarkana, TX; Lester and wife, Itoko, Tucson, and James and wife, Deanna, De Queen, as well as two sisters-in-law, Shirley Boyd McNully of Edmond, OK, widow of his brother Claud and Patricia McNully of Shady Point, OK, widow of his brother Lemuel. Mr. McNully loved his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including students he taught in De Queen and Gurdon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in De Queen with his dear friend, Dr. Gordon Garlington, pastor of Park Hill Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock, officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery near Horatio.

 

Rosa Lee Ward Stokes

 

Dorothy Jean Yancey Davis Harrison

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Yancey Davis Harrison, age 80, a resident of Nashville formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 30, 2015, in Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville.

She was born to John Henry and Lottie Davis Yancey in Tupelo, Mississippi, on May 3, 1935.  She was a Baptist, a retired restaurant cook, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, singing, writing songs, listening to Elvis and country western. Music. Most of all, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, a son, Larry Wayne Davis, and her siblings, Mary Alferd Yancey, Annie Mae Yancey, Allie Pearl Yancey, Clarence Yancey, Floyd Yancey, and Houston Yancey.

She is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, James Lee and Lynne Davis of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Carl William “Bill” and Corine Davis of Lewisville, Arkansas, Floyd Lavelle and Debbie Davis of Nashville, Arkansas, Kenneth Morris and Rose Mary Davis of Durant, Oklahoma, Bobby Gene and
Angela Davis of Texarkana, Arkansas, Daniel Ray and Stephanie Davis of Nashville, Arkansas, two
Daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Brian Foster of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Mary Alice Bland of Doby Springs, Texas, 26 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Harrison will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 1, 2015, in the Lockesburg Church of Christ. Burial will be in Driver’s Flat Cemetery, West Banner, Mississippi, on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will be at the Lockesburg Church of Christ from 9:00 A.M.., until service time. You many send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

John Edward Sikes

John Edward Sikes, age 51, a resident of Alleene, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born July 19, 1964 in Ashdown.

Mr. Sikes was preceded in death by his father, Billy Byron Sikes.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Clowers Sikes of Alleene; a brother, Jeff Sikes of Davie, Florida; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Sikes will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the Winthrop Methodist Church with Bro. Phil Smith and Bro. Jimmy Dale officiating. Burial will follow in Alleene Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Winthrop Methodist Church, Winthrop, Arkansas 71866

 

 

 

Charlie E. Tadlock

Mr. Charlie E. Tadlock, age 65, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

He was born November 29, 1949, in De Queen. He was a truck driver and farmer. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Tadlock was preceded in death by his parents, C.F. “Red” and Lafaye (McCormick) Tadlock; one son, Michael Tadlock and one sister-in-law, MaDonna Scott Tadlock.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta (Hudson) Tadlock; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gayla and Charles McWhorter of Warren, Arkansas, Shannon and Mark Wilson of Cove, Arkansas and Tracey and Josh McConnell of Grannis, Arkansas; one son, Charlie B. Tadlock also of Grannis.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Jerel Jones of Gillham and Debbie and Lyndon Jefferson of Gilmer, Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ricky and Glenda Tadlock of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Ronnie Tadlock of Gillham; ten grandchildren, Brittney Bruner, Logan Poole, Garet Wilson, Natalie, Sydney and Harlie Wilson, Allie and Lillie Faye McWhorter and Skyler and Charlie “Bebo” Tadlock; his uncles and aunts, Melvin and Laura Tadlock of Idabel, Oklahoma, Waylon and Wanda McCormick of Grannis, Vanell Smith of Jal, New Mexico and Jan Tadlock of Grannis; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Cemetery.

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

The family will be at the home of Loretta Tadlock, 9032 Hwy 71 S. in Grannis.

Memorials may be made to Baylor Healthcare System Foundation, 3600 Gaston Ave. Barnett Tower, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246. One donor can save up to 8 lives. We can honor his memory by registering to be an organ donor.

 

 

 

E. Beth (Young) Brooks

 

Mrs. E. Beth (Young) Brooks, age 72, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 20, 1942, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Horatio Church of Christ.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas and Edna Pearl Sims Young; and four sisters, Louise Power, Corine Ayers, Ruby Rust and Verna McGough.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Brooks of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle “Shelly” and Jim Crenshaw of Cerro Gordo, Oklahoma; one son and daughter-in-law, Barry Todd and Lee Ann Brooks of Winthrop, Arkansas; a sister, Inez Taylor of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Baylee Crenshaw and Bradi Kae Brooks; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brooks will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine, Cy Davis and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Pauley Cemetery Fund c/o Horatio State Bank, P.O. Box 347, Horatio, AR 71842 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

 

Thelma Jean Lee

Ms. Thelma Jean Lee, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at her home.

She was born to George Emmuel and Dovie Julia Scroggins Lee in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 12, 1931. She was a retired restaurant cook, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church, and attended the Faith and Deliverance Church. She enjoyed ironing, singing, traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by parents, and her siblings, Blanche Lee, Grace Lee, Margaret Parker, and Willie Mae Williams.

She is survived by two sons, Ruben “Butch” Lee and Terry Lee both of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie Lynn and Patrick Grant of De Queen, three sisters, Geraldine Desmond, Irene Daniels, and Jane McCoy all of De Queen, seven grandchildren, J. J. Hendrix, Kendall Hendrix, Caleb Grant, Courtney Russell, Damontre Grant, Deaudrea Smith, and Patrick McKinney, two great-grandchildren, Sophia, and Serenity, a special friend, Hubert Phillips of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews

Funeral Services for Ms. Thelma Lee will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 29, 2015 in the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen with Rev. Patrick Grant, and Pastor Jamie Erby officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Delia Hendrix

Delia Hendrix, age 76, a lifelong resident of De Queen, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.

Delia was born September 9, 1938 in Edinburg, Texas. She is the daughter of the late Elijio and the late Bernardina (Moreno) Ruiz. She was retired from the De Queen School System and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Hendrix; one son, Smith Henry Hendrix and one brother, Adan Ruiz.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Hendrix and Russell Hendrix; four siblings, Eva Longoria, Maria Ruiz Kearns, Elijio Ruiz, Jr. and Rolando Ruiz; special friends, Fernando and Mica Lopez, Victor and Denise Sanchez, Vanessa Simmons and Emily Lopez and numerous goddaughters and friends.

A visitation including the Holy Rosary will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26th at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Hendrix will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarres officiating. Cremation will follow.

 

 

Dan Bohannon

Mr. Dan Douglas Bohannon, age 77, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, August 24, 2015, in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, La.

He was born to Carl Claude and Hazel Leona Haskett Bohannon in Houston, Texas, on August 10, 1938. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Army. He served as color guard while stationed in Germany for President John F. Kennedy. He was a former employee for KCS, a former machinist, and was a retired truck driver for Southern Refrigerated Transportation Industry He was a member of the Barfield Hunting Club, and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Most of all he cherish the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Varda McDonald Bohannon of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug Bohannon and Andrea Jones of Horatio, Arkansas, and Larry and Michelle Bohannon of Gillham, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, LaJuana “Missy” and John Lindsey of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Stefany her husband, David Neal of Athens, Arkansas, Gina, and her husband, Corey Mire of Horatio, Arkansas, Hannah Lindsey and Matthew Lindsey both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, three Great-grandchildren, Emily Neal and Sarah Neal of Athens, Arkansas, and Cooper Bohannon of Horatio, a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Barbara Bohannon of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dan Bohannon will held Friday, August 28th at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Chapel with Rev. George Crumbly officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Thursday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Randall Lee “Randy” Crow

Mr. Randall Lee “Randy” Crow, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at his home.

He was born September 26, 1951 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He restored classic cars, was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Old Time Gospel Church in Lockesburg.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Etta Lee Bowman; a son, Randall Allen Crow; and two brothers, Danny Crow and Ronald Crow.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Roberts Crow of De Queen; two sons, Josh Crow and Gene Crow, both of De Queen; his dad and step-mother, Kenneth and Betty Crow of Provo, Arkansas; five sisters, Sheila Marts of Stigler, Oklahoma, Labetha Leeper of Nashville, Arkansas, Cheryl Beck of Portland, Oregon, Monnie Moore and Susie Fugate, both of Sutherlin, Oregon; one brother, Larry Bowman of Texarkana, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Brandon Allen Crow, Jalissa Marie Crow and Lexie Crow; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Crow will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lockesburg.

 

Ethel Anner Hill Lott

Mrs. Ethel Anner Hill Lott, age 95, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, August 21, 2015, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born November 11, 1919 in Newhope, Arkansas. She was homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Dierks.

Mrs. Lott was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henderson “Slim” Lott; two sons, Clayton and Grady Lott; one daughter, Willow Staggs; one grandchild and eight siblings.

She is survived by three sons, Arvel Don Lott of Dierks, Jay Lott of Lockesburg and Ronald Junior Lott of Ashdown, Arkansas; two daughters, Helen Holloway of Dierks and Hazel Pinson of Nashville, Arkansas; twenty grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lott will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. John Henry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Bernard Loyd Esarey

 

Mr. Bernard Loyd Esarey, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, August 20th in the Christus St. Michael Health System.


He was born to Sol and Wynema Sprinkle Esarey, on October 20, 1924, in Mooresville, Indiana. He was a veteran of the World War II, having served in the U. S. Navy, where he was a purple heart and bronze star recipient. He was a retired welder, mechanic, and a sheep rancher. He was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church of De Queen, and enjoyed fixing things, hunting, fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was a gun collector, and reloaded his own ammo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Ann Bruner, and a daughter, Jeannie West.

He is survived by two daughters: Pam Smith of De Queen, and Sandy Cowling of Dunedin, Florida, five grandchildren, Brandy Meek Stephenson and Clint Meek (Misty) all of North Fort Myers, Florida, Jarrod Corn (Lauren) of Kansas City, Missouri, Slade Cowling (Kristi) of Tampa, Florida, and Sean Cowling (Tonya) of De Queen, five great-grandchildren, Dalton Stephenson, Jayse Meek, Ryker Meek, Kahlia Meek, and Harper Cowling, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Bernard Loyd Esarey will be held Saturday, August 29th in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, De Queen at 2:30 P.M., with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Patricia Doloris (Parker) Hatcher

"Oh, that will be Glory for me, Glory for me, Glory for me. When by His Grace I shall look on His face. That will be Glory, be Glory for me.” and on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the age of 70, that's exactly what it was....Glory for Patricia Doloris (Parker) Hatcher as she met her Savior face to face.

Patricia was born on May 31, 1945 to Virgil and Ruby Jo (Rayburn) Parker at the Naval Base Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. During her early years she was active in Girl Scouts of America and began playing the piano and flute. She lived in many towns in Oklahoma and Texas before coming to Durant in 1958. While in the Durant High School Band, she met a fellow flute player named Bobby Hatcher, whom she described as “my best friend and the only boy I ever loved”. It was while she was in high school that she began teaching piano lessons. Patricia graduated from Durant High School in May 1963 and then began attending Southeastern State College (now SOSU). Bobby and Patricia were married on June 5, 1964 at Fairview Baptist Church, and they celebrated 51 years of marriage this year. Their duet became a trio on July 31, 1966 when they welcomed their firstborn, Melany, into their home. Patricia completed her college education, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. On April 27, 1970, the trio became a quartet with the birth of their daughter, Stefani.

Bobby and Patricia's love for the Lord and love for music merged as they began to serve in Baptist churches in Bryan and Marshall counties in the capacity of music director and pianist. Patricia's love for music grew exponentially when she auditioned for and was accepted into the Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma. Patricia and Bobby traveled all over the world together with the Singing Churchwomen and Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma....sharing their love of music and their love of Jesus with everyone they met. From 1976 until their retirement in 2003, Patricia and Bobby also owned and operated Price’s Quality Printing, Inc. where she was the chief financial officer. Rarely apart, after retiring from the printing business and from teaching piano lessons, Patricia loved traveling with Bobby in their motor home and checking on their “four-legged children and grandchildren” in a nearby pasture. Patricia loved her family and was never without the newest school pictures or a new grandchild story. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Durant.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Bobby, of the home; daughter and son-in-love, Melany and Hank Patterson of Durant; daughter and son-in-love, Stefani and Max Jones of De Queen, AR; nine grandchildren: Zach Albin of Arkadelphia, AR; Korey Hill of Stillwater, OK; Blake Hill of Okemah, OK; Chelsea (Jones) Diaz and husband, Daniel of Harrison, AR; Jessica (Patterson) Wakefield and husband, Nathan, of Norman, OK; McKenzie Jones of De Queen, AR; Emily Hill of Durant, OK; Sylvia and Eleanor Patterson of Tishomingo, and two great-grandchildren: Remington Hill of Okemah, OK and Gracey Albin of Benton, AR; sister-in-law, Anna (Hatcher) Canady of Sherman, TX; niece, Neva Damron of Howe, TX; nephew, James Canady and wife, Kristie and sons Thomas and Brian of McKinney, TX; uncle and aunt, Ernest and Gereta Hatcher of Bokchito, OK; and numerous other family members, church family, Singing Churchwomen Sisters, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Virgil and Ruby Jo Parker; her father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Bobbie Ruth Hatcher; and her brother-in-law, Jimmy Hatcher.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. A celebration service to honor her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, Durant, with Bro. Darel Bunch and Bro. James Poulain officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Bus Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, PO Box 1028, Durant, OK 74702-1028.

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, OK.

 

 

Mrs. Ora Lee Madewell Beck

 

 

 

Mrs. Henrietta Inman Kesterson

 

 

 

Ms. Penelope Ann Kaspar Smith

 

 

 

Mr. Wayne Hames

 

Mr. Arthur Wayne Hames, age 60, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at his home.

 

He was born to Jefferson Hillary and Nora Lee Davis Hames of De Queen, Arkansas, on April 30, 1955. He was an avid Horatio Lions fan, and loved listening to music. He also had a passion for hunting and fishing, especially in Pond Creek Bottoms.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jefferson Hillary Hames, Jr., and a sister, Doris Chandler.

 

He is survived by a daughter, Charolette Hames of Nashville, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, John Robert and Camilla Hames of Horatio, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-law, Leeann and Carlos Joe Smith of Winthrop, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation for Mr. Wayne Hames will be Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Horatio School Athletics Department, ATTN: Lance Spigner, P.O. Box 435, Horatio, AR 71842

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

 

 

 

Brandon Michael Pollard

 

Brandon Michael Pollard, age 9, a resident of Farmington, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home.

He was born to Haskel Eugene and Amber Joy Alves Pollard in Mena, Arkansas, on August 8, 2006, and was a student in Jerry “Pop” Williams Elementary School in Farmington, Arkansas. He was a Christian, and enjoyed music and listening to the guitar. He loved his family and loved watching things being built.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, E. C. and Pauline Harrison and his paternal great-grandparents, Haskel and Maida Pollard.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Amber Pollard and Steve Tinsley, II of Farmington, Arkansas, his father and stepmother, Haskel and LaTisha Pollard of Wickes, Arkansas, three brothers,
Trey Wayne Pollard, Lance Joseph Pollard, and Steven Michael Tinsley III all of Farmington, Arkansas,
one sister, Jordan Nicole Pollard of Farmington, Arkansas, his maternal grandparents, David and Jackie Alves of De Queen, his paternal grandparents, Lance and Beth Pollard of De Queen, aunts, uncles, caregivers, and a host of friends and all those whose lives he touched.

Funeral Services for Brandon Pollard will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 15th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Carlos Dewayne Sherrouse

 

We would like to celebrate the life of Carlos Dewayne Sherrouse. He was born October 31, 1972. He left this world, that we are all just passing through, to go and be with his Heavenly Father on August 8, 2015.


Carlos loved his family very much and loved spending time with all of them. He loved to hunt and fish.  Carlos always carried a smile on his face. He has always had a humble heart and sweet personality. He knew how to make everyone smile. He was the life of the party and kept everyone laughing.Carlos has always been a hard worker and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need of help. He was loved by all who knew him.


He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Reid and Nolies Williams, Jessie and Marie Sherrouse, his father, Carl Sherrouse.

He is survived by his mother, Rebecca Sherrouse; three brothers, Ronald Sherrouse, Johnny Evans and wife Jennifer, and Carlton Sherrouse and wife Cloy; two Sisters, Teresa Dixon and husband Trace and Kellie Dixon; his companion, Lavone Harvey of Eagletown, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Graveside service will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas with Brother David Jacobs officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

Lloyd Thomas Noel

 

Mr. Lloyd Thomas Noel, Jr., age 80, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, August 10, 2015, in Dierks.

He was born March 8, 1935 in Enid, Oklahoma. He was a safety consultant for the insurance industry, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Noel was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Thomas Noel, Sr. and Edna Jones Noel.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Malinda Noel of Dierks and Chris Noel of Perryville, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Joe Hollo of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; one sister and brother-in-law, Mikell and Claire Cribbs of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Jacob, Jennie and Anthony Hollo, Jennifer, Spencer and Sarah Noel; a step-daughter, Chaney Maddox and her children, Lillie and Graham; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks. His cremains will be buried in Pennsylvania at a later date.

 

Alice Jo Nobles

Alice Jo Nobles, age 89, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 9, 2015, in Little Rock.

She was born on September 24, 1925 in Dierks, Arkansas to Joe and Florence (Bess) Mantooth Nobles. After earning a baccalaureate and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Jo taught school in Rogers and Conway before going to Washington, D.C. in 1955 on a teachers' internship program. She liked Washington and remained there where she worked for the United States Senate for more than forty years, first in the offices of United States Senators Mike Monroney (D-Oklahoma) and Harold Hughes (D-Iowa). When Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) was elected to the United States Senate she became his personal assistant and office manager, a position she held and performed with great distinction until Senator Bumpers retired in 1998. Her talents, humor, and work ethic earned her the respect and affection of generations of Senate interns and staff.

Jo returned to Arkansas in 2005 and made Parkway Village her home until the time of her death. She was surrounded there by many friends and, in recent years, by her excellent caregivers.

She is survived by her cousins, Daryl Crusoe and Kyle Crusoe both of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Dee Anne Crusoe of Idabel, Oklahoma, Sara Mantooth Cooper of Jackson, Mississippi, Melissa Mantooth Pfeiffer of Burlington, North Carolina, Randall Patrick Mantooth of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jerry Daniel Poole of The Woodlands, Texas, Jeffrey Dumont Poole of McKinney, Texas and Rebecca Poole Duncan of Burleson, Texas.

Funeral services for Alice Jo Nobles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Dierks, Arkansas, with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Memorials may be made to the Bess Nobles Scholarship c/o Dierks High School, P.O. Box 124, Dierks, Arkansas 71833.

 

 

George P. Lawless

 

George P. Lawless, age 92, of De Queen, formerly of Bonnerdale, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015.

 

He was born on November 3, 1922, in Glenwood, the son of George W. Lawless and Lona Marsh Lawless.  On January 18, 1941, he was married to Verdene L. Ravan who preceded him in death on June 16, 2000.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Effie McCauley, Evie Lively, Grace Alford Bray, Edith Cox and Mavis Moore.

 

For many years he and Verdene lived in Smithville, Oklahoma, where he worked as a cattleman and mail carrier.  After he retired, they moved back to Bonnerdale, where they lived until Verdene passed away and he decided to move to De Queen to be closer to his son, Darrell.  He was a member and attended for many years the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Church and later when he resided in De Queen the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

George was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, whose greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, who he dearly loved and cherished.  He will truly be missed by all.

 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Patsy Lawless of De Queen; his grandson, Brad Lawless and his wife, Courtney, of Bentonville; his great-grandson, Finn Lawless of Fayetteville; his four great-granddaughters, Zoe Lawless of Fayetteville, Hailey Velasquez, Sydney Velasquez and Aubrey Velasquez, all of Boca Raton, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of wonderful friends.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery with Pastor Brandon Westgate officiating.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

 

Memorials may be made in George’s memory to a charity of your choice.

 

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

 

 

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Evans, 73, of Broken Bow, passed away August 8, 2015 in Dallas. 

She was born May 28, 1942 in Lebanon, Missouri, the daughter of Roy and Rosetta Williamson Blackwood.  Carolyn had lived in McCurtain County for the past 45 years, moving here from California.  She was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church and the Christian Motorcycle Association.  Carolyn and Jerry Evans were united in marriage on May 31, 1959 in Modesto, California. She enjoyed baking, making wedding cakes, sewing, crafts and singing.  She sang for several years in the Country Exposure Band along with her husband Jerry and her two sons Jerry, Jr. and Terry Evans. 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Mitchell and Eugene Blackwood and an infant grandson. 

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 56 years, Jerry Evans, Sr., of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Evans., Jr. and wife Cindy and Terry Evans and wife Patti; daughter, Tammy Plant all of Broken Bow; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Blackwood and wife Bonnie of Holdenville Ted Blackwood and wife Alberta of Vian, and Roy Blackwood of Tulsa; sister and brother-in-law. Mary and Bob Farinelli of Holdenville; grandchildren, Casey Evans, Daylon Donison and Dalton Donison; great-grandchildren, Jacob Evans, Olyvia Evans and Chevy Donison and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2pm at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home Chapel with David Blackwood and Bro. James Dodd officiating.  Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home of Broken Bow.  Online condolences may be sent to www.bunchsingleton.com.

 

 

 

George Donald “Don” Peterson

 

George Donald “Don” Peterson, 79, of De Queen, Arkansas, formerly of Girard, KS died at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.


Don was born November 7, 1935 in Kinsley, Kansas, a son of George D. and Edna (Dorman) Peterson.


The family moved to Farlington and then to Girard, where George grew up and attended schools.
Don served in the US Air Force for over 20 years, including 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam.
He worked at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Pittsburg for over 20 years. 


Don was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grannis, Arkansas and a member and past-commander of the Steven Bennefeld Post No. 7479, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Girard.
He enjoyed his grandchildren, going to auctions, driving and sightseeing, and dining out.


Survivors are a son, Allan Peterson of De Queen; a daughter, Lacey Doubledee of Waco, Missouri; step-daughters Brandi Reaves of Joplin and Justine Wiltz of Emporia; grandchildren Anthony and Jaydon Peterson, Maxwell, Micaha, and Corbin Doubledee; 3 step-grandchildren; sisters Pat Stevens of Girard, Dorothy Richards of Bakerfield, California, Myrtle James of Frontenac, and Betty Peterson of California.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Carl Lee Peterson; a step-son, Don King; a brother, Archie Peterson, and a sister, Doris Geier.


Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the Farlington Cemetery, Farlington, KS with Pastor Homer Frachiseur officiating.  Burial will follow the services with Military Honors.


The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Friday.


Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, KS 66743.


Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneral services.com.

 

 Jerry Wayne Metcalf, Sr.

Mr. Jerry Wayne Metcalf, Sr. age 75, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, August 3, 2015, in Houston, Texas.

He was born July 29, 1940 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He worked for the Shreveport Times, was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Christian.

Mr. Metcalf was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Otis and Bessie Taylor Metcalf.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Pettigrew Metcalf; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerel Byrd of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Rowena Metcalf, Jr. of Stonewall, Louisiana, Ricky and Nancy Metcalf of Juneau, Alaska and Joe and Kathy Metcalf of Benton City, Washington; one brother, Jack Metcalf of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters, Bonnie Cutler and Jewel Hancock both of Pinehurst, North Carolina and Georgia Davenport of Sanford, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Metcalf will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015, in Williamson Community Church in Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Becky Whisenhunt

Mrs. Becky Jane Freeman Whisenhunt, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 2, 2015 in De Queen.

She was born to Clyde and Ethel VanZandt Freeman in Heavener, Oklahoma, on October 6, 1932. She was a grower for Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Wickes, and enjoyed reading, cooking, watching movies, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, James Floyd “Buddy” Whisenhunt., and her brother, Jimmy Freeman, and a sister, Billie Freeman Vann.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Karen Whisenhunt of Gillham, Ark., and James “Pat” and Velma Whisenhunt of Winthrop, Arkansas, a daughter, Donna and Michael Campbell of Mena, six grandchildren, Bradley Whisenhunt of Gillham, Angela Frachiseur of Paris, Texas, Tara Sulser of Salt Lake City, Utah, Megan Smith of Bryan, Texas, Morgan Frachiseur of De Queen, and Rebecca Campora of Greenwood, Arkansas, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, a special cousin, Preston Hobson of Gillham, a special sister and brother-in-law, Inez and Delter Parks, a brother-in-law, Charlie and his wife, Margaret Whisenhunt, her caregiver, Carol Skelton, special friends, Michelle and Witt Miles, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Becky Whisenhunt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 6, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with David Jacobs, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in the Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Mr. Henry Lee Young

Mr. Henry Lee Young, age 87, a resident of Maud, Texas, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home.

He was born November 25, 1927, in Dierks, Arkansas. He was a cement mason, a member of First Baptist Church in Dierks and a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Young was preceded in death by his parents, Lenzy Dale and Sallie Bailey Young and two sisters, Lora Mae Brock and Shirley Faye Richardson. He is survived by his wife, Faye Robertson Young; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Sherry Young of Maud, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, LaJeana and Larry Jones and Brenda Young all of Dierks, Arkansas; one sister, Peggy Jean Akin of Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Young will be held at 2:00p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2015, in Allen Cemetery with Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Annie Mae Ford Maynard

Mrs. Annie Mae Ford Maynard, age 88, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at her home.

She was born April 6, 1927, in West Line, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Horatio First Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Maynard was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Gracie Slabaugh Ford; her husband, Donald “Don” Maynard; one daughter, Gracie Shaw and one brother, Wesley Ford.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Lavern Maynard of Dierks, Arkansas; two daughters, Margaret Dowell of Horatio and Martha Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maynard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Horatio First Assembly of God Church with John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 31st at the funeral home.

 

Jasslyn Aaliyah Trujillo

Jasslyn Aaliyah Trujillo, infant daughter of Johnathan Trujillo and Jennifer Buenrostro, died Monday, July 27, 2015 in Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

She was born February 17, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

Jasslyn was preceded in death by her grandfather, Salvador Buenrostro; her aunt, Jessica Buenrostro; and her great-grandparents, Bernabe Leon Figueroa and Angela Villa Figueroa.

She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandmother, Maria De Los Angeles Figueroa; her paternal grandparents, Paulita Pioquinto and Vicente Trujillo; her aunts and uncles, Ruby and Marco Garcia, Marisol Buenrostro, Alberto Trujillo and Miguel Trujillo; and several other uncles and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Joseph Archibonj officiating.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in De Queen with Eduardo Abril officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Bernabe Figueroa

Mr. Bernabe Figueroa, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born December 20, 1927, in Michoacan, Mexico. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride.

Mr. Figueroa was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maria Angela de Figueroa; a son, Rafael Figueroa Villa and his parents, Bernabe Figueroa and Cresenciana Leon.

He is survived by his three sons, Roberto Figueroa, Melchor Figueroa and Salomon Figueroa; three daughters, Josefina Buenrostro, Maria Buenrostro, Rosalinda Velasquez and a great number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Figueroa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in De Queen with Eduardo Abril officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery with under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Dale E. Little

Mr. Dale E. “Grandaddy” Little, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 31, 1930 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He was a Baptist, old horse trader and retired oilfield driller.

Mr. Little was preceded in death by his parents, Luiey E. and Johanna Bolen Little.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Little; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Ruth Ann Little; one daughter, Dalana Chandler all of De Queen; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Little will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 


Bennie Hunt Stell

 

Mrs. Bennie Hunt Stell, age 93, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in De Queen Medical Center.

 

She was born February 11, 1922 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to the late Ben and Lucetta Hunt. She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. Stell was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Stell; four brothers, two sisters, a stepson and stepfather.

She is survived by her son, Robert C. Stell of the home, stepson, Tony and Norma Stell and family of Oklahoma, the late Jim Stell’s family, Katherine and family of California; sister-in-law, Mary Ryan of Hot Springs, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews, one of whom is Billie Ann Moore of Hot Springs.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Tye Barnett and Bobby Tatum officiating, burial will follow in Avon Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jeff Woods, Dwight Pinkerton, Bobby Young, Greg Revels, Rodger Neeley and Layne Woods. Honorary Pallbearers are Leonard and Ann Woods family, her church family and all employees of De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m., until service time on Thursday.

 

Velva Jean Milam McCormick

Mrs. Velva Jean Milam McCormick, age 71, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at her home.

She was born January 10, 1944 in Plainview, Arkansas in Little River County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. McCormick was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth Baker Milam; her husbands, Gordon Warren and Charlie McCormick and three brothers, Marvin, Derrel and Steve Milam.

She is survived by four sisters, Louise Key of Ashdown, Arkansas, Effie Klitz of Winthrop, Arkansas, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; five brothers, John Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Charles Milam and Bill Milam both of Winthrop, Gary Milam of Rogers, Arkansas and Wilbur Milam of Horatio, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McCormick will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Horatio Cemetery with Ray Brown officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Beulah Keller Wilkerson

Mrs. Beulah Keller Wilkerson, age 90, a resident of Royse City, Texas, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home.

She was born September 30, 1924 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a clerk for the insurance department and retired from Members Insurance Company. She was a Baptist.

Mrs. Wilkerson was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. Wilkerson; one son, Jimmy Carl Wilkerson and an infant son, Dallas Cole Whitten; parents, Lawrence and Birdie Johnson Keller; one grandchild, James “Jamie” M. Simpson, Jr., two sisters, Doris Cross and Ruth Aultenbaumer and a brother, Dallas Keller.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, LaDonna and Jay Snyder of Sellersville, Pennsylvania and Judy and Malcolm Simpson of Royse City, one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Wilkerson of Henderson, Nevada; one sister, Eunice Smith of Ashdown, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Wilkerson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma

 

James “Jimmy” Rogers

James “Jimmy” Rogers, age 68, of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 in Grannis.

He was born August 5, 1946 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Dave Roger and the late Billie Burke. He was married to Tammy Parnell Rogers and he was a carpenter, but most enjoyed operating heavy equipment. He served his country in the United States Army. Jimmy tried to enjoy life to the fullest degree and tried to treat people as he would like to be treated. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by:

Wife: Tammy Rogers of Grannis, Arkansas


Daughters: Shauna Johnson and husband Greg of Houston, Texas
Amy Stinson and husband Jerod of Carthage, Missouri
Tracy Sharp of Grannis, Arkansas

Sons: Dave Rogers of Texarkana, Arkansas
Chris Sharp and wife Cari of Mena, Arkansas

12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild

He was preceded in death by his parents Dave and Billie Rogers, and one grandchild.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Overturf Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Jerod Stinson, Chris Sharp, Eligh Julian, Gregory Briggs, Stan Alexander, Waymon Alexander, Michael Parnell and Patrick Parnell.
 

Paul Douglas Frint

 

Mrs. Virginia Nelson

Mrs. Virginia Nelson, age 82, resident of Texarkana, Texas and formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday July 21st in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Lollie Finus and Jessie Lee Priest Fox in Wallace, Arkansas on July 28, 1932. She was the first female district manager of Dairy Queen based in Houston, Texas and in 1979 she and her husband opened there own restaurant Dairy De Queen.  She had a passion for cooking, enjoyed gambling, trading stocks, collecting coins with her husband, card games, dice games, reading, feeding birds and her plants.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 54 years S.E. Nelson, two brothers, James Fox and Herman Fox and three sisters, Doris Carver, Vera Fox and Inez Weinger and a son-in-law, Phillip Webb.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by two daughters and son-in-law Linda Webb of Texarkana, Texas and Genia and Ronald Dagenhart of De Queen, four grandchildren and their spouses, Cheryl and Jeff Hickson of De Queen, Shelly Maranto of Cypress, Texas, Paul Nelson of The Woodlands, Texas and Mark Dagenhart and Kristi Orr of Fayetteville, Arkansas, four great-grandchildren, Michelle Hickson and Jared Hickson both of De Queen and Travis Maranto and Sophia Maranto both of Cypress, Texas.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The family will be at the home of Genia and Ronald Dagenhart at 207 Wanda St. De Queen, Arkansas. Private family burial will be at a later date.

 

Dean Miron Nicholas

Mr. Dean Miron Nicholas, age 62, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas. He was born December 29, 1952, in Inglewood, California.

He was a custom cabinet maker and served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents, Claud Calvin and Bobbie Jane Turner Nicholas.

He is survived by his siblings, Chris Nicholas and Alton Nicholas, both of Hemet California, Shawn Nicholas of Foreman, Arkansas, Louis Octavio Vasquez, Jr. of Upland, California, and Carmelita Vasquez Weir of Laughlin, Nevada, and twenty nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Alvie Pressley

Mr. Alvie Pressley, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday July 21st at his home.

He was born to Melvin Monty and Susie Bell Stinnett Pressley in Horatio, Arkansas on December 31, 1924. He served in the United States Navy, he was a retired crane operator at Weyerhaeuser, was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church and loved fishing and hunting and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Eveline Pressley, Ruth Bell Ford, Lillie Mae Pulliam, Madora Pressley and Betty Reid, three sons, Roger Pressley, Charles Wilcox and Benny Wilcox a daughter, Beverly Carter and a daughter in law, Betty Pressley.

He is survived by his wife Verlon Pressley of De Queen a son Bobby Joe Pressley of Eagletown, Oklahoma, three daughters and son in law Patty and David Bradshaw of De Queen, Gladys Wright of Texarkana, AR and Wanda Martin of Eufala, OK, Three brothers and sisters in law, Earnest and Lula Pressley of De Queen, LeRoy and Wilma Pressley of Eagletown, OK and Lonnie and Marilyn Pressley of De Queen, Seven grandchildren, 10 Great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Alvie Pressley will be held at 10:00AM , Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery with Military Rites. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 22nd in the Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Mrs. Judy Axton Gillespie

Mrs. Judy Axton Gillespie, age 62, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in Texarkana.

She was born February 27, 1953 in Dierks, Arkansas. She was a registered nurse who worked with her Wadley Hospital family for 33 years, and was a member of the Eylau United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends and was looking forward to spending time with her first grandchild.

Mrs. Gillespie was preceded in death by her parents, L.T. and Estaline Axton; and her husband, Jimmy Wayne Gillespie.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brittany Anne and Seth Nugent of Texarkana, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Howard Killian of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harold Axton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carroll and Sarah Axton of Bastrop, Texas; a niece, Stephanie and Mitch Francis; a nephew, Steve and Jennifer Killian; great nieces and nephews, Nick and Jennifer Francis, Matt Francis, Tom Killian, Katie Killian, Hannah Killian and Zak Killian; an aunt Oma James and cousin Pat James, and a special friend, John Holder.

Visitation for Mrs. Gillespie will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Eylau United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Paula J. Behrens and Rev. Kevin Herrington officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Dierks Cemetery.

 

Joseph Oscar Teel

Mr. Joseph Oscar Teel, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, in De Queen Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 14, 1936, in Montgomery, Texas. He was a US Navy veteran.

Mr. Teel was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Robert Teel and Lillie Ellafair Williams Teel. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Teressa Irene and Robert Shotts of De Queen.

Graveside services for Mr. Teel will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Byron Sullivan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mary Lou Walls Story Gorman

Mrs. Mary Lou Walls Story Gorman, age 66, a resident of Columbus, Ar, and a former resident of De Queen, Ar, passed from this world Monday, July 20th in Texarkana, Tx.

She was born to LeRoy and Maxine Walls in Enid, Ok on March 15, 1949. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and the father of her children Charles (Pete) Story.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws Brenda McKee and Allen Sinyard of Texarkana, Ar & Tina and Jose Lopez of Tenaha, Tx, her grandkids Kayla and David Terwilliger of Mena, Ar, Candice and Jose Torrez of Center, Tx, Miguel and Betty Onate of Center, Tx, Kimberly and Jacob Taylor of Fort Towsen, Ok, Jose Lopez Jr. of Center,Tx, a number of great grandkids, her brothers and sisters Johnny and Caroline Walls of Crosby, Tx, Carl and Patricia Walls of Broken Bow, Ok, Donna and Jerry Conaster of Lockesburg, Ar, Vickie Sewell of Citrus Heights, Ca, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 21,2015 at 10 a.m. under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home at Camp Ground Cemetry in Forman, Ar.

 

Ana Laura Arellano Macias

Ana Laura Arellano Macias, age 18, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 16th in Christus St. Michael Health System from injuries received in an automobile accident.

She was born to Francisco Javier Arellano and Erika Isabel Macias Villegas in Aguascalientes, Mexico on August 17, 1996. She was a 2014 graduate of Horatio High School and was attending college in Texarkana. She was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen, and enjoyed dancing, music, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Mauricio Macias.

Ana is survived by her parents, Francisco Javier Arellano and Erika Isabel Macias Villegas of De Queen, a sister, Jakelin Arellano-Macias of De Queen, two brothers, Abraham Arellano-Macias and Gabriel Arellano-Macias both of De Queen, her paternal grandparents, Ma Francisca Aleman Romero and Francisco Arellano Herrara of Mexico City, Mexico, her maternal grandparents, Ma.de Refujio Villegas Rosales and J. Guadalupe Macias Medina of Mexico City, Mexico, her aunts and uncles, Jose and Esmeralda Arellano of Horatio, Ernesto and Alicia Arellano of De Queen, Rosario and Adriana Arellano and Lucia Macias and Ricardo Martinez of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Rodrigo and Alma Macias of Orange County, California, Manuel and Rosie Macias and Laura Macias of Aguascalientes, Mexico, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

A funeral mass for Ana Arellano-Macias will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 18th in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph Archibong officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas. A Rosary will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, July 17th in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. You mays send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Rosie L. Scott Click

 

Mrs. Rosie L. Scott Click, age 73, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 8, 1941, in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was a member of the Winthrop Methodist Church.

Mrs. Click was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Elsie Jane Gallagher Scott, one son, Charlie Olivella, one grandson, Leo Olivella, one brother, Roy Dale Scott and her first husband, Leo Olivella.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Click, three daughters and two sons in-laws, Jane Surber of Winthrop, Stephanie and Tony Robertson of Nebraska and Becky and Buddy Nelson of Winthrop, four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Linda Olivella of Benton, Arkansas, Greg and Holly Olivella of Melbourne, Australia, Harry “Jimmy” and Susana Olivella of Texarkana, Texas, and Stephen and Lacey Click of Ft. Worth, Texas, one brother and sister in-law, Johnny and Melba Scott of Winthrop, 24 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Click will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July18, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Winthrop with Bro. Phil Smith and Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Memorials may be made to Winthrop Methodist Food Bank.

 

 

Steven Mikel Allison

Steven Mikel Allison, age 62, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 8, 1953, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Zelpha Hunter Allison.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Harner Allison; one son, Adam Allison both of Umpire and one step-son, Frankie Joe Carter of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

A memorial service for Mr. Allison will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Don Vaughn officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mr. James O. Knighten

Mr. James O. Knighten, age 92, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, July 10, 2015 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 17, 1922 in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a grocer, loved to bowl, and was a mason and a Baptist.

Mr. Knighten was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Knighten and Syntha Ausbern, one daughter, Cindy Morrison and three sisters, June Miciotto, Bernice Kirby and Ruthie Marie Stanridge.

He is survived by five daughters, Linda Cota of Covina, CA, Billie Knighten and Tillie Knighten both of Foreman, Arkansas, Irene Chapman of Waldron, Arkansas, and Peggy Boldrey of Cove, Arkansas; stepmom, Barbara Knighten; two brothers, Bill Knighten and Tom Knighten both of Foreman, Arkansas; five sisters, Shirley Roberts of Fairfax, Oklahoma, Velma Caldwell of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Wilda Akins ,Tillie Lile and Michelle Addy all of Foreman, Arkansas with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with Masonic rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 18, 2015 in the Pauley Cemetery with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday July 17, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Alline Pittman Stansbury

Mrs. Alline Pittman Stansbury, age 90, a resident of Pittsburg, Texas, and former resident of Horatio, AR, died Saturday, July 11th in Pittsburg, Texas.

She was born to Jesse B. and Hopie V. Harris Pittman in Fouke, Arkansas, on August 13, 1924. She was a retired employee of the Horatio State Bank as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church of Horatio, and enjoyed quilting, and flowers. Most of all she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mae Day, Winnie Pittman, Claude Pittman, Jack Pittman, Hazel Perry, Jewel Green, Carl Pittman, Bill Pittman, and Roy Pittman, and her grandson, Brad Stansbury.

She is survived by her husband of almost 72 years, Seldon C. Stansbury of Pittsburg, Texas, a son, Roger Stansbury of Pittsburg, Texas, a very special friend Patti Ayers of Pittsburg, Texas, three grandsons and their spouses, Brock Stansbury of Lewisville, Texas, Blake and Cimmon Stansbury of Elkmont, Alabama, Brett and Olivia Stansbury of Cloroado Springs, Colorado, six great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Emma, Isabella, Kaleb, Brooke, and Annabel, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alline Stansbury will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 14th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1:00 P.M., until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Eunice Mae Ceasar Bennett Bell

Mrs. Eunice Mae Ceasar Bennett Bell, age 98, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9th in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.

She was born to George and Etta Hankins Ceasar in Rockwall, Texas, on July 15, 1916. She was a former employee of Mountaire Poultry, was a retired employee of both the Dickinson Hospital and the De Queen General Hospital where she was the cook. She was a member of the Lewis Temple Church of God. She loved to cook, was a people person, had a phone ministry, and was an avid reader.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Bennett, and Ottis Bell, her sons, Curtis Bennett, William Bennett, and Russell Bennett, her parents, and her siblings, Beatrice Boyles, Raydell Nelson, Lee Etta Hankins, Mary Frances Ceasar, George Ceasar, and Carl Joe Ceasar.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Cynthia Bennett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, four daughters and sons-in-law, Lois and Jettie Kellum, Alberdia Martin both of Flint, Michigan, Francis and Eddie Johnson, and Etta and George Atkins all of De Queen, two daughter-in-laws, Martha Bennett of De Queen, and Barbara Bennett of Stillwater, Okla.,31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eunice Bennett Bell will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, July 18th in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, De Queen, with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

Ms. Devonda Kay Furr

Ms. Devonda Kay Furr, age 50, a resident of Cave City, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9, 2015 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born March 12, 1965 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Ms. Furr was preceded in death by her parents, Doug Billings and Sharon Pennington.

She is survived by three sons, Dustin Curry of Dierks, Arkansas, Douglas Furr, Chas Furr and his wife Brittany all of Cave City; grandmother, Mary Jo Billings and brother, Bryan Billings both of Centerpoint, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Melody Grace Furr and significant other, Jeff French; two nephews and three nieces.

Funeral services for Ms. Furr will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Burial will follow in the Galena Cemetery in Umpire, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Winston Duane Mickle

Winston Duane Mickle, age 64, resident of Canyonville, Oregon and former resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at home. He went to be with his Lord after a lengthy illness. He was known affectionately as “Buzz” to his family and close friends. He was born on April 5, 1951 to Milford and Emma Lee Mickle in De Queen, Arkansas. He graduated from Warrenton high school in Oregon, later working as a machinist in the family’s machine shop in Gillham, Arkansas. He was a long distance truck driver for years and a shuttle bus driver in Canyonville, OR at the end of his career.

He was preceded in death by his father Milford Lee Mickle and one nephew Steven Paul Elliott.

He is survived by his mother, Emma Lee Mickle of Texarkana, Arkansas; two sisters, Dian Mickle of Oregon City, Oregon and Charlotte Mickle and brother-in-law Joe Dobson of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, Robert Mickle and sister-in-law Cynthia of De Queen, Arkansas; four nieces and nephews, Kalem, Armanda, Amber and Colton.

His interests and passions were his collection of movies, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and his beloved Bulldogs. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

A memorial was held June 27, 2015 from 2-4 pm at Missionary Baptist Church in Winston, Oregon.

 

Tony Culp

Tony Culp, age 49, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Horatio, Arkansas.

He was born December 15, 1965 in Lima, Ohio. He was a mechanic and a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 61 in Nashville.

Mr. Culp was preceded in death by a nephew, Stephen Sillavan; and a niece, Jennifer Culp.

He is survived by two sons and their mother, Devin Culp, Matthew Culp and Dee Dee Culp, all of Nashville; two daughters, Rachel Stone and Brandi Stone, both of Nashville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Suzy and Jesse Roach of Nashville and Kimberly and Danny Lanpheare of Summerset, Kentucky; two nieces, Suzanne Sillavan and Brittany Culp; four nephews, Aaron Sillavan, Jeffrey Culp, Bryan Culp and Nathan Lanpheare; one brother, Greg Culp of Nashville; his father, Floyd Wayne Culp of Savannah, Georgia; and five grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Culp will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Bingen/Ozan Cemetery with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Open visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Dierks Chapel.

 

 

 

Mr. Nelson A. “Peck” Miles

Mr. Nelson A. “Peck” Miles, age 77, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, July 6th at his home. He was born to James Elmer and Stella Faye Price Miles on January 7, 1938 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a retired logger with Miles Logging, and enjoyed mowing, mechanics, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, J. E. Miles, and his twin sister, Nina Sims.

He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Linda Huff Miles of Wickes, a son and daughter-in-law, Whit and Michele Miles of Wickes, a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Darrell Jones of Vandervoort, Arkansas, eight grandchildren, Diamond, Charity, Ryan, Kaylee, Jessica, Darrell, Jr., David, and Bryan, three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Brooklyn, and Jacie. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ola Faye Hood of Benton, Arkansas, and Dexter and Doyle Turner of Wickes, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Peck Miles will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 9th in the Duckett Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, with Rev. Steve Bradley and Rev. Chris Burke officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Arkansas. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Leila Flo Spigner Johnson

Leila Flo Spigner Johnson passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2015, surrounded by her family at her home in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Born June 29, 1920, to James Thomas and Fannie Fawcett Spigner in Ben Lomond, Arkansas, and known fondly and widely as "Mama Flo," Mrs. Johnson was a mother, homemaker, school teacher, devout Christian, and devoted fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

She is preceded in death by her parents, by her husband and father of her children, Finos Buford Johnson, and by her five siblings: Lillie Spigner Sutton of Ben Lomond; Mary Alice Spigner Dillard of Nashville, Arkansas; William Rhoton Spigner of DeQueen, Arkansas; Benny Wesley Spigner of Ashdown, and Tommye E. Spigner Penney of Falls Chapel, Arkansas. Also preceding her in death was Sam "Pete" Johnson, whom she married several years after the passing of Finos, and step-son John Wayne Johnson of Houston.

She had a bottomless reservoir of unconditional love for her large family including her three children and their spouses: Rebecca Flo Johnson "Becky" Gunter and James Hervey Gunter, of Ashdown; Dick Spigner Johnson and Juliette Newkirk Johnson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Finos B. "Buddy" Johnson, Jr., and Elizabeth Findley Shores, of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren Teri Lynn Bowman Day (David), Stephen Bowman (Christie), Molly Johnson, Sara Wasson (Thomas), Findley Johnson, and Layet Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-daughters, Julie Johnson Phipps of Schertz, Texas, and Gail Johnson Fuller of Huffman, Texas.

Mrs. Johnson grew up in Ben Lomond, was graduated from high school at the age of 16, and attended Henderson State Teachers College, where she earned a certification in teaching. She taught school in Ben Lomond and later in Ashdown. She married Finos in 1944, and they made their home and raised their children in Ashdown. Several years after Finos's death in 1970, she married Sam Johnson and lived for a time in Houston, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Ashdown.

A life-long member of the church of Christ, Mrs. Johnson was baptized in the Cossatot River near Paraclifta west of Ben Lomond. She was a beloved member of congregations in Ashdown and Ben Lomond and for a time was a member of Westbury church of Christ in Houston. She was the oldest active member of the Ashdown church of Christ. Mrs. Flo Johnson was one of the founding members of the Church of Christ in Ashdown, AR.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed playing bridge, following the Razorbacks, and volunteering for numerous church and community activities.

Visitation is 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at Ashdown Church of Christ, 270 Main Street, Ashdown. Funeral is 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6, at Ashdown church of Christ with David Formby officiaitng. Burial will follow at Ashdown Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ashdown church of Christ, 270 Main Street, Ashdown, AR, 71822, or to Children's Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR, 72450-3319. On-line registration maddenfuneralservice.com.

 

Mr. Mack Edward Frady

Mr. Mack Edward Frady, age 84, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, July 03, 2015, in a Texarkana Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to John Wesley and Ethel Ester McCormick Frady in Little River County, Arkansas, on October 19, 1930. He was a retired logger for Archie McGough Logging, and also the Sevier County Farmer Co-op Feed Mill. He was a Holiness, and enjoyed gardening, and yard work. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Mae Brown, Truman Frady, L. G. Frady, Alfus Frady, Margie McGough, Della Frady, Irene McGough, and his first wife, Georgia McDonald Frady.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Joyce Walker Pickett Frady of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Mikel Edward and Patricia Frady of Horatio, and Terry Gene and Lonna Frady of Winthrop, two daughters and sons-in-laws, Lynnette and David Boyd of Winthrop, and Pam and Mike Stewart of De Queen, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Barbara Frady of Winthrop, and Billy Frady of Idabel, Okla, 12 grandchildren, Chris, Jo Marie, Trampus, J. J., Todd, Jeremy, Shane, Daniel, Cathy, Amy, April, and Jennifer, 31 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Mack Frady will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 6th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. Audie Dawson and Bro. Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, Winthrop.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, July 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

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

The family will meet at the home of Terry and Lonna Frady, 1011 LR 56, Winthrop, Arkansas.

 

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