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OBITUARIES

 

Mrs. Virginia Faye Holley

Mrs. Virginia Faye Holley, age 82, a resident of Arlington, Texas, died peacefully Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 19, 1934, in Arkinda, Arkansas. She was retired from Macy’s and was a Baptist. Mrs. Holley had a green thumb, loved to garden and was an avid domino player.

Mrs. Holley was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Clarence and Rilla LeFevers West; her husband, Rueben Lamar Holley and one daughter, Patricia Hail.

She is survived by one sister, Ruth West Murray; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy Anderson of Arlington, Texas, and Gail and Gary Wicks of Mansfield, Texas; two grandsons, Erik McCullough and Wesley Taylor; two granddaughters, Ashleigh Fields and Alexis Hammond; a number of great-grandchildren and loving companion, Baby.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Holley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, in the Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma, with Jermi Thomas officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 10th at the funeral home.

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


 

Junior Bailey

Mr. Junior F. Bailey, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 4, 2016, in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Mr. Bailey was born June 7, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Bertha Ayers Bailey.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Frances Rightmire Bailey; five sons, Lonnie Bailey of Horatio, Johnny Bailey of De Queen, Danny Bailey of Lockesburg, Billy Bailey and Steven Bailey of De Queen; sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Anita Pyle

Mrs. Anita Gail Crews Schaefer Pyle, age 67, a resident of El Reno, Oklahoma, and former resident of Horatio, died Wednesday, November 30th in an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma hospital.

She was born to Gleason Wilson and Audrey Lois Nix Crews in Arkansas, on June 3, 1949. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and was a retired secretary, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Hubert Pyle.

She is survived by a son, Wesley Wayne Schaefer of San Marcus, Texas, three granddaughters, Brittney Schaefer of Nacogdoches, Texas, Lauryn Schaefer, and Kayla Marie Schaefer both of Houston, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Gail Crews of San Marcus, Texas, and a number of other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Anita Pyle will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 3rd in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Glenda Faye Kesterson Chandler

Glenda Faye Kesterson Chandler, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 in Nashville, Arkansas after a courageous battle with ALS.

She was born April 26, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a retired cafeteria worker at JoAnn Walters Elementary School for 37 years and a member of the Westside Church of Christ.

Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by her parents, Johnson and Hester Mounts Kesterson and one brother, James Kesterson.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Donald Chandler; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and John Colbey of Dierks; three grandchildren, Cody and Kera Colbey, Colten Colbey and Cylie Colbey; one brother, Glenville Kesterson of Lockesburg, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Chandler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2016, at Westside Church of Christ with Robert Peek and Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Mr. Roy Lynn Forrest, Sr.

Mr. Roy Lynn Forrest, Sr., age 59, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 in Little River County.

He was born July 19, 1957, in De Queen. He was a logger, a member of the Winthrop Baptist Church and an avid hunter.

Mr. Forrest was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Marie Johnson Forrest; his father, Custer Lee Forrest; four brothers, Richard, Bobby, Jimmy and Sammy Forrest and four sisters, Nell Bean, Nancy Lambert, Susie Keeton and Linda Wilcox.

He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Lou Mears Forrest; one daughter, Glenda Denise Forrest; one son and daughter-in-law, Roy Lynn Forrest, Jr. and Monica Elane Forrest; four grandchildren, Autumn Kay Hofmann, Abbey Kayt Hofmann, Kylie Layne Forrest and Aiden Kristopher Forrest; two brothers, Steve Forrest and Donald Forrest;, special nephew, Richard Lee Forrest, special great-nephew, Matthew Forrest Lee and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Forrest will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, in the Winthrop Baptist Church with Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the funeral home.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Betty Dean Sanders Heath

Mrs. Betty Dean Sanders Heath, age 86, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 8, 1930, in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Lighthouse Ministries in Forrest City, Arkansas. She enjoyed hunting, reading, cooking and working with her husband.

Mrs. Heath was preceded in death by her husband, James Heath; one daughter, Patricia Maynard; her father, Walter Sanders; her mother, Dovie Sharp Sanders; one grandson, Dennis Heath and one granddaughter, Gloria Heath.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gayle Heath of Forrest City, Arkansas, Buddy and Lucy Heath of Foreman, Arkansas and Mitch and Sue Heath of Hooks, Texas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dianna and Mike Schaefer of Laramie, Wyoming, Dedria and Gary Conway of Texarkana, Arkansas and Pam Shaffer of Sherwood, Arkansas; one brother,Gerald Sanders; nineteen grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Heath will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at Hughes Cemetery in Forrest City, Arkansas with Bro. Dennis Colvin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Monday, November 28th at Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

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

Mr. Joseph Fuller

Mr. Joseph Fuller, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Ernest F. and Clara Wolberton Fuller in Flint, Michigan, on February 18, 1936. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the U. S. Navy. He was a retired
aviation and auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Ernest, Frank, and Rex Fuller all of Michigan.

He is survived by a brother, Herb Fuller, two sisters, Dorothy and Frances all of Michigan. He is also survived by his favorite niece, Lucy Carrier of Michigan. Locally, he leaves behind his lifetime friend and "adopted” niece, Donna Moore Skinner of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and his special angel-caregiver and friend, Myra Higgins Buchanan of Gillham, Arkansas. Jerry Foster and Judy of De Queen and Forrest Tugman of Gillham were also great friends to him and lovingly helpful during his long illness. He came to love the wonderful team provided to him by Quachita Regional Hospice and they became a big part of his extended family during the last two years. In appreciation, we also list in his survivors those special angels, Sunni Tollett of Lockesburg, Phyllis Walker, Jocelyn Laxamana, and Sadie Whorton, all of Mena.

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

Sandra Lee Reese Smith

Sandra Lee Reese Smith, age 76, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 24, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born June 14, 1940, in Yuma, Arizona. She was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ a homemaker and rancher.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mildred Reese; one brother, George Reese, Jr. and her in-laws, Roland and Muriel Smith, Gene Cobb and Carlos Joe Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Scotty Smith; three children, Michael Roland Smith, Terry and (Lisa) Smith and Ginger and (Trevor) Young; her siblings, Carol Cobb, Barbara and (Charlie) Kissinger, and Buddy and (Bobbi) Reese; her in-laws, Ken and Betty Smith and Leeann Smith; the pride of her life, her grandchildren, Lexie and (Jacob) Skinner, Kaitlyn and (Drew) Werner, Caleb Smith, Ty Young, Kelsey Smith, Treyce Young and Parker Smith; two great-grandchildren, Weston and Graham and a number of nieces and nephews and many wonderful patrons and staff at Little River Nursing and Rehab.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Horatio Church of Christ with Virgil Romine and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, November 25th at the home of Ginger and Trevor Young in Winthrop.

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


 

Mr. Richard Lee Hill

Mr. Richard Lee Hill, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, November 21, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to R. C. and Dixie Ray Waldon Hill in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 3, 1955. He was self employed in grounds and landscaping. He attended Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, and enjoyed fishing and motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, Savannah and B. J. Waldon, and Lina Moore, three infant siblings, and a nephew, Mark King.

He is survived by his mother, Dixie Hill of De Queen, a son, Dustin Hill of De Queen, a daughter, Teresa Jordan of De Queen three grandchildren, Maurice Moore, Dominick Moore, Vanity Jordan all of De Queen, two great-grandchildren, Jairo Paredes and Angeliah Paredes both of De Queen, three brothers, Bobby Hill, Steve Hill, and Clifford Hill all of De Queen, five sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn Ann Young, Sequtia Hill, and Teresea Hill all of De Queen, Charlotte Cubit of Springdale, Arkansas, and Hazel and Leroy Swift of Ozan, Arkansas, an aunt and uncle, Kathern and Charlie Jordan of De Queen, special friends, T. O. Knox, Samuel Shaw, and Allen Avery all of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Richard Hill will be 3:00 P.M., Sunday, November 27th in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Lovena Roberta Gilbert

Mrs. Lovena Roberta Gilbert, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, November 21, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born April 13, 1930, in Newhope, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gilbert was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dessie Greenhaw Young; her husband, Felix F. “Fec” Gilbert, Jr.; one son, Felix W. Gilbert, Sr.; and one brother, Sherman Young.

She is survived one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Cathy Gilbert of Dierks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta and Truman Hill of Newhope, Arkansas and Cindy and Tim Harding of Nashville, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Kay Gilbert of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, David E. and Patsy Young of Dierks; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Wanda Crago of Huntington, Indiana and Dorothy and Dennis Hausman of Nashville; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jo Ann and Marty Mahan, Felix W. Gilbert, Jr. and Tonya Gilbert, Chanc Gilbert, Becky and Randy Goudeau, Alex and Bethany Hill, Shanna and Todd Mounts, Lindsey and Michael Stokes, Shaye and Sydney Gilbert and chosen grandson, Jordan Harding; her great-grandchildren, Justin Gilbert, Zack Gilbert, Tasha King, Samantha Fink, Hannah Ellis, Jordan Mahan, Matthew Mahan, Joseph Mahan, Joey Gilbert, Alyssa Goudeau, Paul Goudeau, Victoria Goudeau, Hannah Goudeau, Abigail Hill, MaKayla Hill, Olivia Hill, Stratton Hill, Kason Mounts, Karter Mounts, Adi Mounts, Eli Gilbert, Trey Gilbert and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gilbert will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Calvin Parker and J. W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Ward, P.O. Box 136, Dierks, AR 71833.

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


 

Odis Allan Bush

Odis Allan Bush, age 82, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Odis, the youngest child of the late Richard and Pearl Bush, was born February 6, 1934, in Sedan, New Mexico. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Odis is survived by his wife, Nancy Marilyn Bush and daughter Mary Lynnette Jones (Gale Smith) of HSV, sons Allan Bush (Martha) of De Queen, and Erwin Bush (Vicki) of Barling, grandchildren Jason Bush (Bekki) of De Queen, Ryan Bush (Tiffany) of Barling, Lanye Bush of Fayetteville, Tory Bush of Van Buren, Jennifer Burroughs of Jacksonville and Ethan Brocato of Hot Springs, Kim Cole of HSV and Tim Smith of Little Rock. He was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Brocato and son-in-law Vince, and five brothers and two sisters. Odis is also survived by twelve great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a host of buddies and good friends.

Odis was a retired truck driver, fleet owner and farmer. He loved his gardening, working in the yard, maintaining the home place, deer hunting and visiting with family and friends. He never met a stranger and was always quick with the jokes. He was a kind and gentle man with family, friends, and strangers.

Memorial Service will be held at CedarVale Funeral Home, 200 Minorca Road, Hot Springs Village, AR. at 10:00 AM, Saturday December 3, officiated by Rev. Teddy Frye.

Online condolences can be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com

 

Betty Rose Bush Lisenby

Betty Rose Bush Lisenby, age 81, a resident of Crossroads, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 30, 1935 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lisenby was preceded in death by her parents, Bert Jackson and Gertrue Mathelma Anderson Bush.

She is survived by her husband, James T. Lisenby of Crossroads; three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Kerry Pinkham of New Boston, Texas, ReNeé and Stephen Boeckman of Prescott, Arkansas and Elizabeth and Jason Brinkley of Crossroads, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Joe Randall and Pamela Lisenby of Crossroads; one brother, Joe Bush of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one sister, Jama Cox of Bigalow, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Lisenby will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Campground Cemetery with James McRae, minister officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

 

Cheryl Lynn Burcham

Cheryl Lynn Burcham, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 28, 1958 in Dallas, Texas. She was a Librarian for Howard County Public Library, was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church and a U.S. Airforce veteran and U.S. Airforce reserve. Cheryl was a talented person; she enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting and her dogs. She was involved with summer reading programs that worked with children.

Mrs. Burcham was preceded in death by her parents, Paul S. Davignon, Sr. and Betty J. White Davignon; one brother, Michael Wayne.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Jason Trezza of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Kayse Norris of Ward, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda K. and David Steward of Lockesburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul S. Davignon, Jr. and Cynthia of Provo, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Alivia, Everett, Nixon, Scarlett, Taylor, DeLaney, Tommy, Allie and Lexie.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. James Gathright officiating.

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


 

Mr. Carlos Joe Smith

Mr. Carlos Joe Smith, age 63, passed away at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. Mr. Smith was born in Ashdown, Arkansas, on January 27, 1953, to Rufus Roland Smith and Catie Lee Muriel Scott Smith.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, and an older brother, Michael Smith.

Surviving Mr. Smith are: his wife, Leeann Hames Smith; two daughters and sons-in-law: Starla and Mark Morgan of Bentonville, Arkansas; and Melissa Smith-Grantham and Joseph Grantham of Conway, Arkansas; seven grandchildren: Austin, Colton, Brooklyn, Nora, Ledger, and Lyric Morgan; and Koen Grantham; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Scotty and Sandy Smith, and Kenny and Betty Smith of Winthrop, Arkansas; five nieces and nephews: Michael Roland Smith, Terry Smith, Ginger Smith Young, Jay Smith, and Brooks Smith.

Mr. Smith was a farmer, supervisor at Cadence Environmental Industries, former off shore welder in Grand Isle, Louisiana, middle school teacher at New Boston Middle School, high school teacher at Saratoga High School, and college professor at the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas. He loved The Lord, his family, friends, fishing, and he lived every day to be productive at making and accomplishing something. His grandchildren were a joy in his life and he cherished spending time with them and encouraging their mischievous ways, often to the dismay of their mothers. Mr. Smith was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads and when he did not attend church, he listened to God’s word from First Baptist Church of Texarkana at Moore’s Lane.

Constantly creating things, Mr. Smith loved crafting knives, flashlights and other necessities out of spare pieces of material. When repairing a piece of machinery, Mr. Smith was renown for mending the broken equipment better than new. Mr. Smith was also well known for the exhilarating way he could recount a story involving his friends or relatives.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Smith will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads in Winthrop, Arkansas, on November 19, 2016, at 10:00 AM with the Reverend Audie Dawson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads in Winthrop, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Mr. John Alvin Tomblin

Mr. John Alvin Tomblin, age 68, a resident of Burg, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.


He was born May 29, 1948 in Fairfax, Oklahoma. He was a supervisor for Weyerhaeuser for 36 years, a member of the Burg Church of Christ and a member of the Umpire Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years.


Mr. Tomblin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Bob” and Mildred “Millie” Poston Tomblin.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy White Tomblin; two sons, Shawn Tomblin and Veronica Moore and Matt and Tonja Tomblin all of Burg, Arkansas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Guy LeMonnier and Sandra and Stan Brown and Jana and Merrill Fredricks all of Ponca City, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Chris, Abby, Rosie, Kinzy and Lexi and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Tomblin will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Burl Young officiating.


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

 

 

Doyce Wayne Dowdle

Mr. Doyce Wayne “Sonny” Dowdle, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in De Queen.

He was born April 27, 1932, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was a retired millwright for Weyerhaeuser, a member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio and a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Mr. Dowdle was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer E. “Gene” Dowdle and Lena Mae Proctor Dowdle Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie Collum Dowdle; one son, Chad Dowdle of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother, Ray Dowdle of Texarkana, Texas; one sister, Barbara Sue East of South Haven, Mississippi; one grandson, Zac Dowdle of Horatio; his nieces and nephews, Paula and Steve Barley, Lesia and Ken Koehler, Paul David and Rhonda Willis and Nita and Gary Cooper and several other nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dowdle will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, in the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 18th at the funeral home.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Kenneth Wayne Carroll

Kenneth W. Carroll, 83, of Sherwood, passed away on November 13, 2016. He was born June 26, 1933 in DeQueen, Arkansas to John Henry and Edith Carroll.

Kenneth retired from the United States Army after many years of service. His military service included tours in Germany, Panama, Honduras and several stateside locations.

He is survived by his son Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Wayne Carroll, Jr. (Joan); three daughters, Pollyanna Smith (Steve), Barbara Lynn Bachelor, Susan Smitherman (Mark); 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and other extended family. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Carroll; sister Barbara Jeanne Butler and his parents.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Alzheimer Association, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72205.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main Street. Online guest register and obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
 

Mrs. Alice Parks

Mrs. Alice Emmaline Youngblood Parks, age 96, a resident of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her home.

She was born to William Jerry and Lillian Louise Rasmon Youngblood in Gillham, Arkansas on January 5, 1920. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over  58 years, George (Pat) Parks, Sr., her siblings, Robert Youngblood, Fred Youngblood, John Youngblood, Will Youngblood, Charles Youngblood, Mary Butler, Elsie Dowell and Bess Fitch.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, George Parks, Jr. of Dickinson, Texas, and John E. Parks of Groesbeck, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy C. and Jerry Stem of Houston, Texas and Susan L. Ragle of De Queen Arkansas, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Carpenter of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alice Parks will be held at 10:00a.m., Wednesday, November 16th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send on online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Fred Grover Baker

Mr. Fred Grover Baker, age 75, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 10, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center.

He was born January 13, 1941, in Haworth, Oklahoma to Ben and Ruby Baker. He was a carpenter, mechanic, and construction supervisor. He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Wickes.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; three brothers; and one great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Baker; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and JoAnn Baker of Grannis, Arkansas and Danny and Jenna Webb of Hurst, Texas; two daughters, Carla Hahn and Fredia Baker both of Texarkana, Texas; ten grandchildren, Brandon, Kyle, Justin, Amanda, Derek, Ashley, Kimberly, Megan, Aaron and Grayson; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Randall Baker of Vandervoort, Arkansas and Jimmy and Terry Baker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Bro. Scott Ray officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagletown Cemetery. The family will be at the Baker home at 417 Hwy 278 E. in Wickes. You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Betty Joyce Frady

Betty Joyce Frady, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 10, 2016 in De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born January 11, 1934 in King, Arkansas. She was the first female U.S. Postal Clerk at the De Queen Post Office, and was a telephone operator for De Queen Telephone Company.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie James and Nellie Monroe Walker; her first husband, Joy Dee Pickett; her second husband, Mack Frady; a brother, Rudolph Walker; and a sister, Jewel Walker.

She is survived by three sons, Randy Pickett of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Mikel Frady of De Queen, Arkansas, and Terry Frady of Winthrop, Arkansas; four daughters, Sonya Harris of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Cheri Ayers of Horatio, Lynnette Boyd of Winthrop, and Pam Stewart of De Queen; three sisters, Ivanell Wilson, Lajuan Chandler, and Mary Jo Dillard; 20 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Frady will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Old Center Church with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Linda Faye Flower Uhlfelder

Mrs. Linda Faye Flower Uhlfelder, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 8, 2016, at the home of her son in Horatio.

She was born on November 7, 1946 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She was retired from De Queen Medical Center, where she was an anesthetist, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, sewing, painting, gardening, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eulan Carl and Lula Marie Rard Flowers, and a brother, Carl Lee Flowers.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Eugene and Rhoda Brown of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Clifton Edward and Kisandra Brown of Horatio, Arkansas, and Kenneth Gerald and Amy Uhlfelder of Conway, Arkansas. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Chandler Eulan Brown of Norman, Oklahoma, Caleb Edward Brown, Angela Elizabeth Brown, Trey Alexander Brown, and Tabitha Alexandra Brown all of Horatio, Arkansas, and Ethan Zane Uhlfelder of Conway, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

Juan Carlos Bolanos Lopez

Juan Carlos Bolanos Lopez, age 22, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, November 7, 2016 near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born February 3, 1994, in Ixpante Pec Nieves, Mexico. He was an inspector at Tyson Foods in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a member of the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen.

He is survived by his parents, Aurelio Bolanos Rivera and Beatriz Bolanos of De Queen; two brothers, Humberto Bolanos and Josue Bolanos both De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia Bolanos and Erick Abarca of Gillham, Arkansas and one nephew, Erick Junior Abarca.

A vigil service will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10th in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Juan will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. David Randall Jean

Mr. David Randall Jean, age 75, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born November 12, 1940, in King, Arkansas. He was a mail carrier in Gillham for 30 years and a Baptist.

Mr. Jean was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip Jean and Mildred Jones Ferguson.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hargis Jean; two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Donald Vann of Lockesburg and Melinda and Greg Winer of Gillham; two grandsons, Brandon Winer and his wife Jennifer and Justin Vann and his wife Labrada and four great-grandchildren, Mason and Makenna Winer and Eli and Claire Vann.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jean will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Gillham Cemetery with Steven Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Lillian B. Roden

Lillian B. Roden, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on November 3, 2016 in Mena.

Memorial visitation service will be Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.
All friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Lillian B Roden was born in Barnwell, South Carolina to Edgar and Estelle Still on October 16, 1935. She spent many happy years married to the love of her life, Ray C. Roden. They had three beautiful children Edgar, Debbie, and Melissa. She was adored by her grandchildren Angie, Brian, Rachel, Travis, and Kellie.

“Our Grandma Lillian lit up a room, and had a beautiful smile and sense of humor that will truly be missed. Her loving and gentle spirit will always be admired by her loved ones and never forgotten. She was one of a kind, a true gem.”

She was preceded in death her ex-husband and love Ray C. Roden; her daughter, Debbie Carruth; and Lillian’s three siblings.

She is survived by her son, Edgar Roden; her daughter Melissa Munoz; her grandchildren, Angie Mello, Brian Mello, Rachel Lampi, Travis Lampi, and Kellie Roden; her siblings, Edith Hudson, Florence Folk, Collis Still, and Linda Still.

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

 

Mrs. Lorna LaFaun Rhodes

Mrs. Lorna LaFaun Rhodes, age 77, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 6, 2016, in De Queen.

She was born May 23, 1939, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a retired grocer and a member of the Dierks First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by her parents, George and Thelma Ferris Henrion.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Rhodes of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl Lynne and Howie Snyder and one son, Mark Allen Elliott, all of Kansas City, Missouri; two step-daughters and their spouses, Sonya and Barry Davis of Livingston, Texas and Kelly and Greg Davis of Flintville, Tennessee; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Frank and Terri Henrion of Norman, Oklahoma and Harold Brown of San Carlos, California; 8 grandchildren, Samantha Brown, J.T. Elliott, Shauna Elliott, Eric Davis, Zachary Davis, Avery Davis, McKenna Davis and Landon Davis.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rhodes will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mrs. Ruth Jones Carden

Mrs. Ruth Jones Carden, age 88, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, and former resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born to Tommy and Elizabeth Fleet Jones in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 17, 1928. She was retired owner of Ms. Ruth’s Flowers, and was active in the Foster Grandparent Program in the Winthrop and Foreman Schools. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads, Arkansas, and enjoyed traveling, flower arrangements, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Samuel E. Carden, a son, David Carden, a daughter, Martha Grooms, a grandchild, Lori, and her siblings, Frances Paluman, and Jewel Jones.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ollie and Peggy Carden of Idabel, Oklahoma, a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Larry Nichols of Haworth, Oklahoma, a son, Virgil and his wife, Edie Carden of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, twenty-two grandchildren, Jamie and his wife, Susie Nichols of Kountze, Texas, Chicohota Carden, Mary Carden, and Shane Carden all of Idabel, Oklahoma, Kevin and his wife, Sherry Carden of Winthrop, Arkansas, Catherine and her husband, Jack Waller of Orange, Texas, David Lynn, Jr. and his wife, Tammy Carden of Forrest City, Arkansas, Tina Matthews of Destin, Florida, Celena Malo of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rodney Lee Starwalt of De Queen, Shawn Farley of Valliant, Oklahoma, Shane Farley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Shandon Farley of Idabel, Oklahoma, nineteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Jones of Marianna, Arkansas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Don Treadwell of West Helena, Arkansas, and Gladys and Clyde Newsom of Paducah, Kentucky, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth Carden will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 6th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Barry Brown and Bro. Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, November 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Tobe William Boles

Mr. Tobe William Boles, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 1st in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Aubrey and Ella Faye Perry Boles in Houston, Texas, on August 30, 1960. He was a truck driver, and enjoyed fishing, carpentry, and handyman work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Aubrey Lee Boles, Nancy Louise Easlon, Nelda Lavon Tullous, Janice Fay Sellers, and Rosemary Ray.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Savannah and Jeff Olson of Rockport, Texas, and Nichole and Ernest Naranjo of Yorktown, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, John and Rosanne Steen of Victoria, Texas, a brother, Nolan Boles of De Queen, and a sister and brother-in-law, Frances Darlene and Ronaldo Salinas of De Queen, a special friend, Patsy Cockrum of De Queen, eight grandchildren, Madison Olson and Hannah Olson both of Rockport, Texas, Kendalyn Naranjo, Kamden Naranjo, Kenzie Naranjo all of Yorktown, Texas, Cameron Steen, Mariah Steen, and Rhae Rhae Steen all of Victoria, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Tobe Boles will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, November 4th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.


Mr. Kern Pat Gore

Mr. Kern Pat Gore, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born August 8, 1934 in Overton, Texas. He was an instrument electrician for Nekossa/Georgia  Pacific and a United States Air Force Veteran. He attended Williamson Community Church.

Mr. Gore was preceded in death by his parents, Gomer and Velma Gore; three brothers, Olaf, Wayne and Doyle Gore; two sisters, Jackie Berger and Barbara Halphen.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Shirley Ann Gore of Horatio; three sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford Pat and Joyce M. Gore, Douglas Kern and Lalisa Griffin Gore, and Curtis Allen and Robin Gore; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Williamson Community Church in Horatio. A casual lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at the Williamson Church.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Melissa Ruthellen Tollett

Melissa Ruthellen Tollett, age 60, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born May 4, 1956, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen.

Ms. Tollett was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Delsie Waits Tollett and three brothers, Harley Glenn Tollett, Troy Scott Tollett and Johnny Paul Tollett.

She is survived by one daughter, Raven Tollett; one son, Seth Tollett; two sisters, Dawn Tollett and Tracy Tollett Riley all of De Queen; one brother, Dr. Malcom Tollett of Destin, Florida; three grandchildren, Keaton Tollett, Julian Harris and Meadow Harris and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Tollett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Ray Reynolds, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Bertha Oma Axton James

Mrs. Bertha Oma Axton James, age 102, a resident of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Thursday, October 27, 2016, in Bedford, Texas.

She was born June 14, 1914, in Howard County. She was a retired LPN, a homemaker and member of the Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. James was preceded in death by her parents, John and Betty Potts Axton; her husband, Cleo James; one daughter, Patsy V. James; two brothers, Lecil Axton and Cecil Axton; one sister, Edna Axton and one niece, Judy Gillespie.

She is survived by two nephews, Harold Axton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carroll Axton of Austin, Texas; two nieces, Melba Killian of Texarkana, Arkansas and Alma Frachiseur of Dierks, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. James will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


Patsy Vernell James

Patsy Vernell James, age 78, a resident of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Bedford, Texas.

She was born February 23, 1938 in Dierks. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, a retired teacher at Tarrant County College, a member of the Assembly of God Church and an avid Razorback fan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cleo James and special aunt, Edna Axton. Her mother, Bertha Oma Axton James, died on October 27, 2016.

She is survived by several cousins and her beloved pets, Kalleecy and Tippy.

Graveside funeral services for Miss Patsy James will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Alva A. DeMarais

Alva A. DeMarais, 90, of Bella Vista, AR died October 23, 2016. She was born February 16, 1926 in Gillham, AR to Samuel H. and Claudia Byers Capps.

Mrs. DeMarais was a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A & M), Texarkana, TX. She worked many years in government and related jobs, retiring from her professional life at the age of 72 years. Her government service in Washington D.C. was recognized with several congressional awards. Her personal hobbies have included bridge playing, quilting, and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Robert P. DeMarais of Bella Vista; one son, Benjamin W. Williams and his wife Trude, of California; one grandson, Mark Williams and wife Diana; two granddaughters, Heather King and husband Andrew; and Stephanie Sanchez, all of California and five great-grandchildren. Her immediate family survivors also include one brother, Jimmy Capps and wife Margaret of Arkansas and her sister Dorothy Phillips, of Texas.

No public services will be held at the request of the deceased.
 

Juanita June “Nita” Trice James

Mrs. Juanita June “Nita” Trice James, age 73, a resident of Elk Grove, California, and former resident of De Queen, died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at her home.

Nita was born in San Francisco, California on May 28, 1943, to Andrew Trice. She and her siblings were partially reared by her aunt and uncle, Vera and Dave Trice. She graduated from Sacramento High School, and earned her RN Degree from Sacramento City College in 1972. She married Bill James of Wickes, Arkansas in 1963. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was an avid reader and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill James in 2014, and her aunt and uncle.

She is survived by a son, Dean James of Lamar, Colorado, a daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Phillip Crumback of Elk Grove, California, two sisters, Cathy Trice of San Diego, California, and Liz Trice of Elk Grove, California, five grandchildren, Rachel and her husband, Tyler Mickey, Nolan Crumback, Emma Crumback, Sam Crumback, and Garrett Crumback, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial graveside services for Mrs. Nita James will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the Daniel Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Helen Jane Ivy

Mrs. Helen Jane Ivy, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in Dierks Health and Rehab Center in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born August 12, 1924, in Mississippi. She was a retired school teacher, curriculum coordinator, a caregiver and a member of the De Queen First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Ivy was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Gladys Keller Wherley and her husband, Edwin Victor Ivy.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John and Rhonda Ivy of Bloomburg, Texas; one daughter, Laura Ivy of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, Mary Sue Wherley of Dierks, Arkansas and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Colby Ivy.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ivy will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Mt. Ida Cemetery pavilion with Sue Ellen Hall officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29th at the funeral home.

 

 

Mary Elizabeth” Sissy” Harris

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth” Sissy” Harris, age 73, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born September 17, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a retired teacher for the Dierks Elementary School. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her parents Lyde B. Williams, Sr. and Helen Marjorie Kiser Williams and her brother, James F. ‘Willie’ Williams.

She is survived by her husband, James Harris; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kevin Fox; three grandchildren, Isabel, Alysa, and Tyra; two brothers, Lyde Williams, Jr. and Earl Williams; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harris will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Mrs. Sylvia Dean Key

Mrs. Sylvia Dean Key, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born on July 1, 1929 in De Queen. She was a former employee of Pilgrim's Pride and a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Key was preceded in death by her parents, James Thomas "Tom" and Lillian Irene Burton Jones; one daughter, Tommye Faye Conatser; one son, Charles Wayne Key and one grandchild.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Gaylon Godwin of De Queen and Sheila and Wayne Jones of Shreveport, Louisiana; one son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Sheila Key of De Queen; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Key will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28th at the Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Peggy Laverne Anderson

Mrs. Peggy Laverne Anderson, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in De Queen.

She was born November 23, 1933 in Smackover, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Neal and Cora Holt; and one son, Jimmy Don Anderson.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Anderson; two grandchildren, Clint Anderson and Savannah Schriver ; six great-grandchildren, Skyler, Caleb, Carter, Kason, Jadon, and Kaylee; one brother Jimmy Holt of Greenville, South Carolina; and three nieces, Cathy, Lynn, and Harriett.

Private family services for Mrs. Anderson were held in Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Mrs. Effie Mae Klitz

Mrs. Effie Mae Milam Klitz, age 79, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born October 28, 1936 at Billingsley Corner in Little River County. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Milam; her husband, Kenneth Ray Klitz; a daughter, Deborah Vaughn; four brothers, Charles, Darrell, Marvin and Steve Milam; and a sister, Velva McCormick.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald Klitz and Joel David Klitz, both of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Marc Aldaz of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Louise Key of Mena, Arkansas, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; four brothers, John Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Bill Milam of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, Gary Milam of Rogers, Arkansas and Wilbur Milam of Horatio, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Scott Lord, Amanda Thomas, Jeremy Reynolds, Rebecca Bennett, Josh Klitz, Sarah Klitz and Lindsey Weathers; three great grandchildren, Brenya Reynolds, Kara Thomas and Trisha Thomas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Klitz will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Leon Klitz officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the funeral home.

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


 

Dewayne Ashbrooks

Dewayne Ashbrooks, age 43, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, October 17, 2016, near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born June 13, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, April Lovewell Ashbrooks; two children, Dylan and Katie Ashbrooks all of Dierks; his father, Roger Ashbrooks of De Queen; his mother, Pat Stokes Ashbrooks of Dierks and one brother Darrin Ashbrooks of Texarkana, Texas.

Graveside services for Dewayne will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Fellowship Cemetery with Ronald Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22nd at the Dierks Funeral Home Chapel.

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


 

Daniel Eugene "Dan" Alspaw

Mr. Daniel Eugene “Dan” Alspaw, age 67, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Thursday, October, 20, 2016 in Little River Memorial Hospital.

He was born to Ernest Edwin and Mary Ella Clayton Alspaw in Bakersfield, California, on October 27, 1948. He was self employed with Alspaw Properties, and enjoyed fishing, and being outside. He also had a passion for “Buy, sale, or trade”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, DeeDee Alspaw, and his siblings, Ernest Delmar Alspaw, Doris Loften, Doretha Tull, Annie Belle Strawn, and John Dale Alspaw.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Marlene Bow Alspaw of Ashdown, two sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Stacey Alspaw and Duke and Susan Alspaw both of De Queen, a daughter, Dannette Alspaw of De Queen, six grandchildren, Dextin and his wife, Whitney Wheeler of Dierks, Deven Alspaw of De Queen, Dara Cowling of Magnolia, Clayton Alspaw, Aiden Alspaw and Ava Alspaw all of De Queen, a great-grandchild, Brooklee Cowling of Magnolia, AR., two brothers and a sister-in-law, Darrel and Virginia Alspaw, and Duane Alspaw all of Bakersfield, California, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Darline Leah Butler and Dian and Les Watkins all of Bakersfield, California, Deloris and Oscar Palmer of Cozad, Nebraska, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Dan Alspaw will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 24, 2016 in Redmen Cemetery with Duane Alspaw officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Sunday, October 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Debra Kay Kessler

Mrs. Debra Kay (Tig) Davis Kessler, age 47, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Monday, October 17, 2016 in Broken Bow.

She was born February 9, 1969 in Panki Bok, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Lee and Ethel Geraldeen Lawler Davis; two brothers, Donnie Davis and Doug Davis; and a nephew, Clayton "Weezer" Cribb.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Kessler; three sons, Steven Ray “Squirrel” Kessler, Brandon “Matty” Kessler and Raymond “Tinky” Kessler; two brothers, Danny Davis and David Davis; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dianne and Rick Chambless and Devonne Cribb; four grandchildren, Zack, Briar, Clayton and Aubrey; an aunt, Opal Hughes; friend, Casey; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Myra Kessler; one brother-in-law, Michael Kessler and two sisters-in-law, Judy and Linda.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Kessler will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016, in West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Dewayne Ashbrooks

Dewayne Ashbrooks, age 43, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, October 17, 2016, near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born June 13, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, April Lovewell Ashbrooks; two children, Dylan and Katie Ashbrooks all of Dierks; his father, Roger Ashbrooks of De Queen; his mother, Pat Stokes Ashbrooks of Dierks and one brother Darrin Ashbrooks of Texarkana, Texas.
 

Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 

Mr. Agustin Jaramillo

Mr. Agustin Jaramillo, age 50, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in Christus St. Michael Hospital.

He was born to Tomas Saucedo and Maria Ascencion Jaramillo in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on July 17, 1966. He was an employee of Pilgrim’s, and was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He was an avid fan of Soccer-Tigres UANL Soccer Club, and was a devoted husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Martha Sanchez of De Queen, a son, Carlos Jaramillo, and a daughter, Martha Jaramillo both of De Queen, two brothers, Julio Alberto Saucedo and Juan Jose Saucedo both of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Maria de la Luz Hernandez and Jose Garcia of Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Vicky Jaramillo of De Queen, and Clara Maria Saucedo and Carlos Rodriguez of Veracruz, Mexico, and a number of other relatives.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Agustin Jaramillo will be held at 2:30 P.M., Thursday, October 20, 2016, in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Rosary and viewing will be at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church from 9:00 P.M., until Service time.

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

Sonia Enriquez Perez

Sonia Enriquez Perez, age 34, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 near Wickes.

She was born on Monday, August 30, 1982, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Javier Jose Enriquez and Delia Machado. Sonia loved life and enjoyed spending time with her children who were her greatest accomplishments in life. She enjoyed Cumbia dancing and listening to all different kinds of music, from hip hop to mariachi bands. She enjoyed cooking, some of her family’s favorite dishes included enchiladas and rice. Sonia was a loving mother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Sonia was preceded in death by two sons, Damian Enriquez and Raul Ambriz.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Jacinto Decasez of Wickes; four sons, Misael Enriquez of DeQueen, Arkansas, Victor Enriquez, Hugo Silva and Joaquin Ambriz all of Wickes; two daughters, Nyla Decasez and Yiana Decasez both of Wickes; her father, Javier Enriquez of Chicago, Illinois; her mother, Delia Machado of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers, Adrian Parra and Aaron Lerma both of Horatio, Arkansas and Rene Enriquez of Mexico; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Sonia will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 17, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Janice Rae Reitenbaugh

Mrs. Janice Rae Reitenbaugh, age 73, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 13, 2016, in Ashdown.

She was born May 10, 1943, in Maryville, Missouri. She was a retired CNA and loved being with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Reitenbaugh was preceded in death by her parents, Robert William and Phyllis Rae Kleber Shill and one son, John Schuetz.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Reitenbaugh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Bobbie Schuetz of Ashdown and Jeff and Lisa Schuetz of Foreman, Arkansas; one daughter, Jennifer Bearden also of Foreman; nine grandchildren, Philana, Brody, Justin, Amber, Misty, Ladonna, Chris, Trista and Lucinda and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Mrs. Reitenbaugh are pending.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

 

Mrs. Laura Ann Kesterson Davis

Mrs. Laura Ann Kesterson Davis, age 45, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 13, 2016, at her home.

She was born April 24, 1971, in De Queen, Arkansas to Johnny and Pat Cogburn Kesterson. She was a 1989 graduate of Dierks High School. She received her LPN degree from Cossatot in De Queen in 1998. She worked as a nurse for Dr.Gullett in Dierks and Dr. Buffington in De Queen. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leodis and Lorene Kesterson and Jim and Dora Cogburn.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan Blake Davis and Sarah Pinkerton and their son Hunter of Dierks; her parents, Johnny and Pat Kesterson of Dierks; one brother, Michael Kesterson and Sharon Cummings of Dierks; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in Dierks with Jaron Tipton and Richard Leech officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Newhope, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 12:00- 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at the Dierks Chapel.

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


 

Mr. Bobby "Bob" Howard Higgins

Mr. Bobby “Bob” Howard Higgins, age 73, a resident of Jefferson Texas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 10th, 2016. He was born to David “Cap” and Ila Higgins in Gillham, Arkansas on January 19, 1943. He worked in road construction and the manufacturing industry, until elected Pct. 1 Marion County Commissioner in 2000; retiring in 2012.

Bob was a man of God serving his Lord as deacon of North Shore Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher, mission work, and through his clown ministry. He loved sports, fishing, and hunting. Throughout his life he coached baseball and softball including his children and grandchildren’s teams. His grandchildren were his joy. Bob loved his community, and was a Mims Volunteer Fireman and First Responder, a board member of the Holiday Properties, and board member of Compassion of Marion County for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of fifty-three years, Nadine “Deanie” Jones Higgins, two daughters, Belinda Kay Goins and Rita Higgins Benefield, brother, Russell Higgins, two sisters, Gladys Tabor and Jean Smith.

Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly Higgins, daughters, Lissa Higgins and Jay Horan Sr. of Marshall, Texas, De Anna and Kenneth House of Jefferson, Texas, grandchildren Beau Goins of Blossom, Texas, Steven and Brandi Lemoine of Irving, Texas, Hunter Higgins of Marshall, Texas, and Lane House of Jefferson, Texas and Lane’s finance April Fry of Winnsboro, Texas, brothers Calvin and Patsy Hearn, Jimmy and Linda Higgins, Freeman and Jean Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, Billy and Sandy of Gillham, Arkansas, sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg, Arkansas, special sister-in-law Reba Higgins of Gillham, Arkansas. Extended grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Coco, Stephanie and Michael Bloodworth all of Marshall, Texas, Lynsey and Lucas Hagan of Karnack, Texas, Jay Horan Jr. of Kilgore, Texas, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 15th, in the North Shore Baptist Church, 120 Woodland Shores Dr. (Hwy 729 West), Mims, Texas with Bro Dennis Whatley and Bro John Whorley officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 pm in Mill Creek Cemetery, Gilliam, Arkansas with Bro Phil Whorley officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen Arkansas. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 14th, from 6pm to 8pm in the North Shore Baptist Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Pallbearers include: Beau Goins, Steven Lemoine, Hunter Higgins, Lane House, Darren Higgins, and Windell Higgins Honorary Pallbearers include: Kenneth House, Bobby Davis, and Jay Horan Sr.

 

Mrs. Phyllis Anne McLean Willis

Mrs. Phyllis Anne McLean Willis, age 68, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Foreman.

She was born July 4, 1948, in California. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte McLean and one brother, Samuel McLean.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andy Gauldin of Foreman, Calvin and Kathy Gauldin also of Foreman, and Todd and Carmon Gauldin of Queen City, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Willis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016, at Campground Cemetery with Trent Liggin and Tracy Williams officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13 at the Foreman First Baptist Church.

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


 

Mr. Anthony "Tony" DeWayne Jackson

Mr. Anthony “Tony” DeWayne Jackson, age 56, a resident of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born December 16, 1959, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a coordinator for the Southwest District Drug Task Force, a former officer for the Dierks Police Department and former deputy for the Howard County Sheriffs Department.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Duane and Lucy Fern Alexander Jackson and one sister, Gloria Giles.

He is survived by his wife, Susan House Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Heidee Jackson of Mt. Ida; one daughter, Sally Jo Elizabeth Jackson of Newport, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Crystal Leyva of Nashville; one step-son, Mathew Myrick of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Beverly Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; four grandchildren, Riley, Tristan and Brantley Smith and Josie Jackson and seven step-grandchildren, Taylor, Tyler and Nathan Jacoby, Elidia Leyva, Charles “Wilbur”, Jaecee and Maecee Myrick.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in Joplin Cemetery in Joplin, Arkansas with Roy Brooks officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Mr. James Donald "Jimmy" Wray

Mr. James Donald “Jimmy” Wray of De Queen, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 88.

He was born to William Tom and Bertie Kinard Wray on August 6, 1928.

His family, and all who knew him, appreciated his devotion, commitment, and sacrifice to family. He found a lot of fulfillment in life through honest hard work and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edwin Eugene, Charles Richard, Sr., Billy Thomas and Joe Owen; his daughters, Harriett Sue Rogers and Jennifer Jean Wray Wright.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen Gary Wray, one daughter, Linda Rogers Miller; three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers, James and Lisa Wray, and Charlie and Tracey Wray; one brother, Floyd Crockett Wray; and a great number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by family and all he touched but all will be forever grateful for the life lessons he taught by example.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wray will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2016 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery Pavilion with Scott O’Rear officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, October 9th at the funeral home.
 

 

Mrs. Erma Pressley Flournoy

Mrs. Erma Melinda Crawford Pressley Flournoy, age 93, a resident of Fort Worth, and formerly of De Queen, passed Friday, October 7, 2016 at her home.

Erma Pressley Flournoy, was born March 2, 1923 to John and Tennie Bates Crawford, in Opal, Arkansas. She was a retired USDA Inspector in the Poultry field, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church, and enjoyed her flowers and quilts. She loved animals, especially her cat, Sassy, and dog, Trixie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred Pressley, husband Jud Flournoy, brother, Carl Crawford, sister, Lola Miller, and son Eric Pressley.

Survivors include her sister Beulah Linn, son Rod Pressley (Rhonda), daughter Gloria Pressley, step daughters Judy Smith (Wayne) and Debbie Davis (Floyd), daughter-in-law Carol Pressley, grandchildren Aaron Pressley, Pam Pressley-Cisneros (Xavier), Nick Pressley (Erin), Zach Pressley, great grandchildren Lacey Waits, Emma, Claire and Tanner Pressley, several nieces and nephews and many others who loved her.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, Oct 11th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Otis Tollett

Mr. Otis Tollett, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

He was born May 24, 1929, in the New Bethel Community near Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser and served from 1946- 1953 in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Tollett was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Tollett and his parents, Luke and Lillie Tollett.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Candy Tollett of Philadelphia, Mississippi; two daughters and sons-in law, Odette and Bob Driver of Fulton, Arkansas and Sheri and Eddie Forman of Gloster, Mississippi; one sister, Marie Hughes; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Otis Tollett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 10, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with J.C. Long officiating.  . Burial will follow in New Bethel Cemetery, near the Dierks Junction.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 9th at the funeral home.

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

 

Charles Kevin Wax

Mr. Charles Kevin Wax, age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born on September 29, 1964, in Brinkley, Arkansas. He had a Master’s degree in Psychology and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mr. Wax was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Clarene Simmons and Delbert Wax; one niece, Jessica Wax; and his aunt, Linda Wax.

He is survived by his father, Terry Wax of Gillham; his mother, Marie Wax of De Queen; his twin brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sharon Wax; his grandmother, Irene Wax; one nephew, Garrett Wax; his second “Mom” and aunt Susan Byrd; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Kevin Wax will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

Samuel Cecil Tabler, Jr.

Samuel Cecil Tabler Jr., 77, of Ashdown, AR passed away October 4, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Tabler was born August 20, 1939 in Ben Lomond, AR to Samuel Cecil and Mary Alice Tabler Sr. He was a member and an ordained deacon of Hopewell Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR. He was an avid horseman and a legend of his time. Mr. Tabler was a horse trainer and horseshoer for over 50 years. He was a 4H project leader for over 24 years. Mr. Tabler married his high school sweetheart , Ethyl Marie Ardwin, and they would have been married 56 years this coming Saturday October 8th. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Dimmer; three brothers, Doyle Tabler, Hal Tabler, and Vernon "Buddy " Tabler.

Survivors include in loving wife, Ethyl Marie Ardwin Tabler of Ashdown, AR; one daughter, Maria Cecilia "Molly" Tabler and her husband Donnie Wooden of Ashdown, AR; three sisters, Mittie Hinsley of Maybank, TX, Winnie Hunter of Shreveport, LA, Shirley Musgrove of Midlothian, TX; one grandson, Lucas Lee Wooden, twin granddaughters, Allison Marie and Emily Ann Wooden; numerous relatives and a host of friends.

Honorary Pallbearers: Joe Ed Penney, Donnie Smith
Pallbearers: Chris Moon, Doyle Crouch, Rick Wisdom, Phillip Redfearn, Norman Jester, Jimmy Jester, Dale Sansom, Gene McKnight

Visitation will be Thursday October 6, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Madden Funeral Home Chapel in Ashdown, AR.

Funeral Services will be Friday October 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Hopewell Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR with Bro. Ike Thompson and Bro. Travis Arden officiating. Burial will follow at Blackerby Cemetery in Ashdown, AR under the direction of Madden Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Online Registration: maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Mr. David Wayne Jones


Mr. David Wayne Jones, Sr., age 44, a resident of Horatio, died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Robert E. Sr., and Jennifer Irene Sharp Jones in Phoenix, Arizona on February 14, 1972. He worked in Heating and Cooling, and was a member of the Church of Nazarene. In his leisure time, he enjoyed reading, music concerts, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Erica and Adam Brandon and Allison Leemarie Jones, all of Horatio, two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Wayne, Jr. and Casey Jones, and Nathan Edward Jones both of Horatio, his father, Robert E. Jones, Sr. of Phoenix, Arizona, two brothers, Robert E. Jones, Jr., and Michael Jones all of Arizona, Five grandchildren, Trevor, Kaige, Zolee, Gracie, and Lennon, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 


Mrs. Juanita Fae Nunez



Mrs. Juanita Fae Nunez, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at her home.

She was born to Ollie Whitfield and Eunice Wright Ely, in Dallas, Texas, on July 23, 1930. She was a member of the Iglesia Bautista Ebenezer of De Queen, and was a retired secretary, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed her church and yard work.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Pete Nunez of De Queen, and two nephews, Jimmie Carter and Robert Carter both of Dallas, Texas, and a number of other relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the First Baptist Church of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Mr. Frank Tugman

Mr. Frank Lash Tugman, age 81, a resident of King, Arkansas, died Friday, September 30, 2016, at his home.
He was born July 11, 1935, in Ada, Oklahoma to Fred and Della Tugman. He was an auto mechanic and he served in the United States Marine Corp. during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Tugman was preceded in death by his wife Sadie Tugman; his parents; and two sons, Larry Tugman and Victor Tugman.

He is survived by three daughters, Kathy Billingsley of Gillham, Arkansas, Renee Gaither also of Gillham, and Shelia Theath of Mena, Arkansas; one son, Forrest Tugman of Gillham; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No services for Mr. Tugman are planned at this time.

 

Mrs. Shirley Faye Baker Melton

Mrs. Shirley Faye Baker Melton, age 65, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Jessie Lee and Elsie Leoma Robbins Baker in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 28, 1951. She was an employee of Husqvarna, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading, visiting with friends, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Junior Melton. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Ray Smith of Lockesburg, Debbie and Ceaser Jones of Nashville, Arkansas, five grandchildren and their spouses, Kameron and Amy Smith of Wake Village, Texas, Haylee and Chad Roberts of Redwater, Texas, Tifani Jones of Nashville, Arkansas, Elisha and Nairian Daniels of Bryant, Arkansas, and Jalon and Elizabeth Jones of Nashivlle, Arkansas, eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Korbin, Paisley, Isabelle, Jaylee, Brynleigh, Tinaiya, Aaliyah, and two great-grandchildren soon to be born.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Shirley Melton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 1, 2016, inn the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, September 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Wanda Lee Vickers Smith

Mrs. Wanda Lee Vickers Smith, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

She was born on November 28, 1928 in Ft. Towson, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents Douglas and Dona Gilliland Vickers; her husband, William Henry Smith and two brothers, Robert Cletus Vickers and Doyle Vickers.

She is survived by three sons, J. D. Smith of De Queen, Robert Keith Smith of Van Buren, Arkansas and Stacy Smith of Gentry, Arkansas; one daughter, Sharon Smith Miesner of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Matthew Smith, Justin Smith, Shannon Sandage, William Smith and Derek Smith; three great-grandchildren, Amanda Smith Januks, Tya Smith and Morgan Smith; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaira Januks, Kenneth Matthew Januks and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Keith Smith and Matthew Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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


 

Sonya Kay Davignon

Mrs. Sonya Kay Davignon, age 50, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Wickes.

She was born January 24, 1966, in De Queen, Arkansas. Sonya was a loving mother to her children and granny KK to her grandchildren. She had a natural love for doing hair, cakes, and being a homemaker.

Mrs. Davignon was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Davignon; her daughter, Kimberly Hope Simmons; her mother, Marvella Roan; and her grandparents, Woodrow and Hazel Baker and Cecil and Hattie Roan.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Nick Davis and wife Haley and Clay Davis and wife Trista; her father, Cecil Roan; her sister, Rhonda Phillips; three granddaughters, Jade Simmons, Jaicee Davis, and Delilah Davis; one grandson, River Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Private family graveside for Mrs. Davignon will be under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.


 

Mr. Terry Todd

Mr. Glenn Terry Todd, age 73, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock.

He was born to Glenn W. and Bertha London Todd in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on February 6, 1943. He was retired auditor for Jones Blair company,  and was an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ. He enjoyed wood working, flowers, fishing and an avid Oklahoma University Sooner Fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Grant Todd.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Ann Pickens Todd of Lockesburg, one son, Kerry Drew Todd of Lockesburg. Two grandsons, Austin Todd and Tanner Todd of Gun Barrel City, Texas, two great-granddaughters, Tatum Skye Todd and Kinsley Todd both of Gun Barrel City, Texas, three sisters and two-brothers-in-law, Darlene and Bud Tibbles of Hominy, Oklahoma, Patricia Ann Dobson of Moore, Oklahoma and Sharon and Jack Moore of Mesquite, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Terry Todd will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ryan Dillon Gilbert

Ryan Dillon Gilbert, age 20, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died February 28, 2016.

He was born June 3, 1995 in Texarkana, Texas. He was a member of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas.

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jr. and Geneva Diggs.

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Kim Gilbert of Dierks; his grandparents, J.W. and Jenice Gilbert also of Dierks; special grandparents, Rickey Icenhower of Midland, Texas and Mellie Walker of Nashville, Arkansas and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016, at Mt. Carmel Church in Dierks with Gary Welch and J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will be at the home of Ronald and Kim Gilbert, 679 Greens Plains Road, Dierks, AR.

 

Charlotte Gayle House

Mrs. Charlotte Gayle House, age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died at her home. She was born in Irving, Texas, on October 29, 1963, and graduated from Horatio High School in 1980. She was a CNA and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen. She enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, fishing, camping, and spending time
With family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Stewart.

She is survived by two daughters, Brandy Ingram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Emily Alexander of Mena, Arkansas. Her mother, Linda Stewart of De Queen, Arkansas, three grandchildren,Colt and Brent Ingram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Zander McMillian of Mena, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Joy Long of Kemp, Texas, John and Julie Platt and Doug Platt both of De Queen, three sisters, Tonya and Carlos Martinez of Horatio, Misty Nixon and Tasha Callahan both of De Queen, seventeen nieces and nephews, Justin, Jarrin, Destiny, Kenyana,
Jonathan, Ashley, Tristan, Ruben, Isaiah, Joseph, Tanner, Angelica, Sebastian, Alexander, John Robert, Brandi, and Jaycee.

Graveside funeral Services will be held on Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 P.M., in the Mt.Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Earnest Gene Greenlee

Mr. Earnest Gene Greenlee, age 78, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Jake, Sr. and Marie Ernestine Rogers Greenlee in Lockesburg, Arkansas, May 4, 1938. He was a retired construction worker, and a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, J. M. Greenlee, James “Jackie” Greenlee, Delmer Greenlee, Nora Mae Favors, and two grandchildren, Jamacus Greenlee.

He is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Celestine Greenlee of Lockesburg, 5 sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Greenlee of Nashville, Ronald and Hazel Greenlee of Nashville, Earnest Randolph Greenlee of Kansas City, Kansas, Troy and Dana Greenlee of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Brian and Tamieka Greenlee of Keller, Texas, a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Odell Gulley of Hope, Arkansas, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Samuel and Maude Greenlee of Chicago, Illinois, Jake, Jr. and Sandra Greenlee of Lockesburg, a sister, Alice Faye Mitchell of California, eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Earnest Greenlee will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Roland Piggee Memorial Church, Lockesburg. Burial will follow in the Graves Chapel Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Gordon Edwin Turner

Gordon Edwin Turner, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, September 16, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born February 17, 1940, in De Queen. He was an accountant, a bookkeeper, and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Carrie House Turner; his parents, Pellie and Lillie Turner, and one brother Howard Turner.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Turner of De Queen, and one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Peggy Turner also of De Queen.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Turner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 19, 2016, at Valley Cemetery with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Johnnie Adami

Mrs. Johnnie Louise Beard Adami, age 94, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Amarillo, Texas, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in the De Queen Therapy and Living Center, De Queen.

She was born to John David and Jennie Leon Abernathy Beard in Grayson County, Texas on December 19, 1922. She was a bookkeeper, and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed reading and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, ten of her siblings, and her husband, Oscar B. Adami.

She is survived by a sister, Lorene Hamby of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in Amarillo, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral home, De Queen. you may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Wanda Sue Young

Wanda Sue Young, 81, of Ashdown, AR passed away September 14, 2016.

Mrs. Young was born February 11, 1935 in Lynn, AR to Troy and Olivia Rainwater. She is preceded in death by her husband, R. B. Young; parents; and one son, Mark Allen Young.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Judy Young of De Queen, AR; one daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Danny Duncan of Ashdown, AR; four brothers, Howard Rainwater of St. Louis, MO; Terry Rainwater of Lynn, AR; Jack Rainwater of Lynn, AR; and Larry Rainwater of Lynn, AR; One sister, Kathy Jacobson of Elgin, Illinois; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Madden Funeral Home.

Online Registration: maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Mrs. Barbara Cole

Mrs. Barbara Ann Gaines Michaud Cole, age 74, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, September 9, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Homer C. and Bessie Marie Bradshaw Gaines in Hope, Arkansas on October 26, 1941. She was a 1959 graduate of Hope High School, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafting, reading, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren. She loved her Lord, and was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lisa Michaud of Nashville, Arkansas, a daughter, Karen Denise Michaud of Horatio, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and Larry Burke of Hope, Arkansas, and Mary Stutler also of Hope, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Jeremy and his wife, Danielle Michaud of De Queen, Jessica Michaud of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lundon Michaud of De Queen, Arkansas, and Lane Michaud of Nashville, Arkansas, five great-grandchildren, Emma Kersey, Raylee Michaud, Kaeden Hammer, Tison Hammer, and Kynder Pressley.

Memorial Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Jackie Neil Rightmire

Mr. Jackie Neil Rightmire, age 76, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born September 7, 1940 in De Queen. He was a former employee of Pilgrims Pride.

Mr. Rightmire was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond Sparks and Dora Dalton Rightmire.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Chris and Carrie Rightmire of De Queen and Timothy Rightmire of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three daughters, Melissa Burleson and Ronda Woodey, both of De Queen, and Terri Gillespie of Bolivar, Tennessee; two brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Bobby Rightmire of De Queen; two sisters, Frances Bailey and Barbara Rightmire, both of De Queen; one grandson, Jacob Rightmire; and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Effie Viola Willis Stafford Morgan

Mrs. Effie Viola Willis Stafford Morgan, age 95, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the home of her daughter.

She was born to William and Willie Calvin Short Willis in Leola, Arkansas, On April 15, 1921. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking, and was an avid reader. She cherished the time spent with family, and loved her church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, W. J. Stafford, a daughter, Louise Stafford Austin, a son, Wilburn Stafford, a brother, R. C. Willis, and four sisters, Ruthie McCoy, Juanita Roberts, Mildred Irvan, and Willie Mae Willis.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Dale Caudle of Horatio, eight grandchildren, Marty, Bobbie, Sherry, Sheila, Jason, Tonya, Tara, and Tracie, eighteen great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Alice Willis, Billy Fay Willis, and Glynn and Bonnie Willis all of Horatio, two sisters, Susie Willis of Horatio, and LaVerne Willis of Dublin, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Morgan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 8th In the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Cy Davis, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Mittie Jean Chandler Hendricks

Mrs. Mittie Jean Chandler Hendricks, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, September 5, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Levi and Mattie Lou Ramsey Chandler in the Central Community of Sevier County, Arkansas, on August 25, 1937. She was a member of the Rose Hill Gospel Mission, and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning, cooking, and cherished the time
spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Coy Chandler, and Eula Elder, a grandchild, Zackary Caudill, and a great-grandson, Michael Mohler.

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Sam Hendricks of Horatio, a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Trisha Hendricks of Blythe, California, two daughters and a son-in-law, Donetta and Loyd Jenkins of Wickes, Arkansas, and Jarita Sobak of Texarkana, Texas, three brothers and sister-in-law, Roy Lee Chandler of Abilene, Texas, Arlis and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, Charles E. and Charlotte Chandler of De Queen, four sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Henrietta and Alvie Nix of Horatio, Janette and Leon Durham of Mesquite, Texas, and Patricia and Danny Lipsey of Horatio, nine grandchildren, Ladonna (Robert) Mohler, Alisa (Dan) Vorbau, Venita (Luke) Berry, Randall (Astra) Jenkins, Loren Jenkins, Glendon Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Phillip Jenkins, and Tiffannie (Matt) Bullington, Ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mittie Jean Hendricks will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, AR, with Bro. Bill Weeks, Bro. Ricky Hendricks, and Bro. Robert Mohler officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Oscar Edward "Buckshot" Barbre

Oscar Edward “Buckshot” Barbre, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, September 2, 2016 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born October 12, 1930, in Howard County, Arkansas. Mr. Barber was a Baptist and member of the Barbre Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a big story teller.

Mr. Barbre was preceded in death by his parents, William Oscar and Ollie May Kesterson Barbre; one son, Steven Edward Barbre; one brother, Kenneth Elvis Barbre and two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosa Lee Blanton Barbre; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sharon Barbre White of Dierks, Linda and Billy Joe Christopher of Dierks and Rose and Tony Tollett of Prescott, Arkansas; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sheila Barbre, David and Marvella Barbre and Billy and Brenda Barbre all of Dierks; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Barbre will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September, 5 2016, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 4th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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


 

Mrs. Janet Darlene Lindsey

Mrs. Janet Darlene Lindsey, age 67, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 23, 1948 in Pratt, Kansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Lindsey was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Vada Cauthron Hoff; one daughter, Angela Knighten and one great-grandson, Elijah Lindsey.

She is survived by her husband, Waylon Lindsey of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son, Larry Melson of Florence, Alabama; two daughters, Cynthia Lindsey of Texarkana, Arkansas and Cherylan Mendenhall of Pratt, Kansas; one brother, Lyle Hoff and one sister, Gwen Culver both of Cullison, Kansas; 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Janet Linsey are pending and will be announced later by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.
 

Dr. James Frank Daniel

Dr. James Frank Daniel, age 80, a resident of Taylor, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Taylor.

He was born November 19, 1935, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas. He practiced medicine in De Queen from 1962-1997 and served as the sports’ team physician for the De Queen Schools. He was a member of the National Guard and was a Methodist.

Dr. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, James Bryce and Helon Beard Daniel and one brother, Bobby Bryce Daniel. He is survived by his wife, Velna Daniel of Taylor; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Randy Davis of De Queen, and Kim and Doug Tynan of Windsor, Connecticut; one son and daughter-in-law; Doug and Lisa Daniel of Taylor; six grandchildren, Kimmie Williamson and husband Brian, Melody Daniel and husband Lyle, Lindsey Polk and husband P.J., Rebekah Davis, Jamie Tynan and Bryce Tynan and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Frank Daniel will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com. Donations may be made to to the Dr. Frank Daniel Memorial Medical Scholarship at Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas Medical Foundation, 183 College Drive, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

Major Billy Gene Hensley

Major Billy Gene Hensley, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 31, 2016, in the Talihina Veteran's Center, Talihina, Oklahoma.

He was born to Wiley Jack and Nora Mae Henderson Hensley in Cove, Arkansas, on July 17, 1927. Maj. Hensley served his nation over 20 years in both the Navy and the Army. He was a very highly decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and also highly decorated in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the military, Maj. Hensley was an educator and counselor in the Dallas school system. He enjoyed dogs, music and walking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Dale, Curl, Glenn, Roland, and Dean Hensley, a sister, Sis Hensley, and a great-grandchild, Breccan Sons.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Tina Hensley of De Queen, Steve and Holly Hensley of Horatio,  a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kirby Wallace of Wallace, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, Jamie Hensley, Robbie Sons, Heather Williams, Nikki Evans, Cheyanne and Adam Wallace, and Lacosta Martinez, four great-grandchildren, Seth Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Zayden Williams and Blakely Sons, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

Mr. Wendell Doyce Sharp

Mr. Wendell Doyce Sharp, age 69, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Monday, August 29, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 21, 1946 in Howard County, Arkansas. He was retired from Wal-Mart and was a member of the Langley First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Sharp was preceded in death by his father, Obie Doyce Sharp.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Sharp of Newhope; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tricia Threet of Mena, Arkansas and Wendy and Michael Forrest of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Phyllis Sharp of Newhope; three grandchildren, James Threet, Faith Forrest and Jarred Forrest; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Sharp will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the Bissell Chapel Church with Bro. Michael Forrest officiating. Burial will follow in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

 

Mr. Melton B. "Pete" Hicks

Melton B. “Pete” Hicks, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pete was born March 21, 1932 in Big Fork, AR to Jeff and Laura Hicks. Pete is survived by wife, Martha, sons Ron (Ginger) of Heber Springs, AR and Don of Rufe, Oklahoma and daughter Debbie (Mike) Wolfe of Woodworth, LA. He is survived by his brother JD Hicks, as well as, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was a veteran of the US Air Force.

Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by a sister Hazel Newsom, and two brothers, Ray Hicks and Ralph Hicks.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen on Friday, September 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Funeral Services for Mr. Hicks will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 10:00 am at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Ink Cemetery in Mena, AR. The family asks that  donations to be made to the Unity Health Foundation, in Memory of Pete Hicks, 1200 South Main Street, Searcy, Arkansas 72143.

 

Oliver Kerwin Gray

Oliver Kerwin Gray, age 81 of De Queen, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

He was born June 26, 1935 in the Stringtown Community of Sevier County to the late Guy Oliver and Golda Stephens Gray.

He was united in marriage to Willene Cox Gray August 21, 1954. Mr. Gray was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Kerwin worked for KCS Railroad for 10 years. During the latter part of this time, he took correspondence via LSU-Shreveport to get his degree in accounting. He was an accountant for Mid-Continent Steel in Shreveport until 1973, when he established his Certified Public Accountant firm in De Queen, and retired in 2003. During that time, he was involved with the Arkansas Chapter of CPA's as Chairman of Management of the Accounting Practice Committee, Chairman of the Governmental Accounting Auditing Committee, and was the Arkansas State Board of Accounting charter member of the Quality Review Committee.

Mr. Gray was also involved in numerous civic activities, including the DeQueen Chamber of Commerce and the De Queen Rotary Club as President and Board of Directors, the Pine Tree Housing Committee and the Little River Housing Committee as Treasurer and Board of Directors. He served on the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center Committee as Vice-President, Program Committee Chairman, Finance Committee Chairman, and Board of Directors. He was President of the Sevier County Developmental Center, Inc. and Board of Directors for 29 years. Kerwin was president of the De Queen Booster Club in 1987, served on the Vocational Advisory Council for De Queen Public Schools, and was President and coach of numerous summer youth baseball leagues in the 1980's.

Survivors include: Wife: Willene Gray of De Queen, Son: Steve Gray and wife Tammy of Harrison, Ark., Two daughters: Sherry Chaney and husband Duane of De Queen.
Sandy Salsbury of De Queen Ar. Brother: Bill Gray and wife Judy of Perrysburg, Oh., Two sisters: MJ Cearley of Nashville, Ark., Sue Stinnett and husband James of Malvern, Ark.
Six grandchildren: Rachel, Mackenzie, Nick, Jess, Kristen and Jessica, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 30, 10AM at Chandler Funeral Home, with Bro. Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. Visitation will be on Monday, Aug. 29th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital.

 

Leon William Stinnett, Jr.

Leon William Stinnett, Jr. age 38, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 30, 1977 in De Queen. He was a former employee of Pilgrim's Pride and Gentry Chevrolet. He was a Baptist.

Leon was preceded in death by his father, Leon "Bo" William Stinnett, Sr. and one sister, Laurie Stinnett.

He is survived by his mother, Brenda Warford; two brothers, Glenn Ray Stinnett and Noel Gene Stinnett; two sisters, Mary Sue Smith and Teressa Louise Stinnett all of De Queen and seven nieces and nephews, Devon Illeen Stinnett, Ethan Ray Stinnett, Dakota Gene Stinnett, Michael Olsen, Darrah Smith, Quinton Stinnett and Cameron Stinnett.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home of De Queen. You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

John Travis Little

 

Mr. John "Travis" Little, age 87 of Coke, TX, passed away on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Wills Point.  He was born August 16th, 1928 in Cromwell, Oklahoma to the late Luiey Little and Johanna Bolen Little of De Queen. 

He was retired from a career in the East Texas Oilfield and a Baptist.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Aleta Autrey Little of Coke; sons T.W. Little and wife Deb of Alba, Mike Little and wife Patti of Coke, Greg Little and wife Kathy of Winnsboro; daughter, Sherry Little Brockway and husband Dan of Mabank; and brother, Bobby Little of De Queen; nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Sharon Baptist Church in Winnsboro.  Donations can be made to Sharon Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

 

 

 

Ms. Melissa Ann Vinson Eichelberger

Ms. Melissa Ann Vinson Eichelberger, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, August 19, 2016, at UAMS Medical Center.

She was born to Charley Vinson and Rebecca Hill on April 28, 1972. She enjoyed music and spending time with her family.

Ms. Eichelberger was preceded in death by her grandparents, Royce and Arilla Vinson and Cleve Dickerson.

She is survived by her parents; a grandmother, Bertie Dickerson of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three sons, Andrew Michael Vinson of De Queen, Tyler Ray Charrles Vinson also of De Queen, and Jordan Lee Eichelberger of Sara, Oklahoma; one brother Charles Wayne Vinson of Paris, Arkansas; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Karen and Phillip Downs of De Queen and Amanda Vinson of Vallejo, California; one grandchild, Tonya Leea Vinson; one niece, Sherri Taylor of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; one nephew, Devin Downs of De Queen and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Ms. Eichelberger will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

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

 

Edna Lucille Wolf

The Lord took Mom's hand and guided her through Heavens Gates on Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, to join the love of her life, Houston. She was born to Charlie & Effie (Stewart) Johnston on August 22, 1921, in Okolona, Arkansas. On August 21, 1937, a day before her 16th birthday she married Houston H. Wolf, at the Church of Christ officiated by Lewis Wolf, Houston's father. They were married just shy of 72 years when Dad passed away on May 18, 2009. They raised two children Lynn Nave-Rose (1941) and Timothy D. Wolf (1951).

In June of 1941 they left Arkansas and moved to Klamath Falls, OR. From 1945 to 1950 she worked at Newberry's as a sales clerk in the candy dept. In August 1952 they moved to Winston, OR. where she worked at Woolsworth as a clerk from 1954 to 1960. They lived in Dallas, TX. and Hobbs, NM for short period's of time returning back to Oregon in 1965, and settled in Medford.

She was hired as a housekeeper for Providence Hospital in 1967 and worked there 16 years until she retired in 1983. After retirement Mom & Dad traveled many miles in their motor home, and did a lot of sight seeing of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and a few trips back to Arkansas. Mom was a fantastic seamstress, she would see an outfit (dress, suit, slacks etc.) in a store or catalogue, sit down at home and make a pattern from newspaper and make an almost identical outfit to fit her; she also made a few of Dad's suits and a lot of shirts. She also upholstered furniture, sofa's, recliners, rockers and chair seats, almost anything that could be recovered. A very talented woman.

She is survived by her daughter Lynn, son Tim (Jodi), grandson's Rich (Jac) Nave, Terry (JoAnne) Nave, step grandson's Phil (Tiff) Moore, & Mike (Joey) Moore, Paul Moore, grandchildren Nicki Wolf, Trevor Nave, Rikki Nave, Brandon Nave, Amber Nave, Adri Moore, sister-in-laws Ethel Waldon, Bernice Dolf, Katherine Gentry, Alta Wolf (all in Ark. & Tx), and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie & Effie, husband Houston, son-in-law's Richard Nave and Jess Rose, and brother-in-law's Oliver Waldon, Page Dolf, A.G. Gentry and Preston Wolf.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Hillcrest Memorial Chapel, 2201 N. Phoenix Rd. Medford, OR 97504. She will be laid to rest beside Houston in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family gives many heartfelt thanks to the Providence Hospice nurses, aides, and volunteers who made the last days bearable for Mom with great care and understanding. Donations may be made to Providence Home Care & Hospice, 2033 Commerce Dr., Medford, OR 97504.

 

Michael Eugene Milam

Michael Eugene Milam, age 55, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, August 22, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born August 18, 1961 in Bellflower, California. He was a construction worker for Brown and Root, a former Little River County jailer and a Baptist.

Michael was preceded in death by one sister, Tamara Dossett.

He is survived by his parents, John and Billie Lynn Hurst Milam; one brother, John C. Milam all of Foreman; one niece, one nephew and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Michael Eugene Milam will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in the Horatio Cemetery with Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Mrs. Juanita Millwee

Mrs. Juanita Millwee, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 25, 1926, in De Queen. She was a former employee of Knights Department Store, a homemaker and an avid gardener.

Mrs. Millwee was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ruby Stinnett; her husband, Darrell Fayne Millwee; one daughter, Nita Millwee and two brothers, Hershel and James Stinnett.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Ricky Goodson of Ashdown, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Shannon Crawford, RaNita Tosh, Angee Bowie and Haley Goodson; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Millwee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 22, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery with Don Embry officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Children’s Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450-3319.

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



Nancy Denise Cary

Nancy Denise Cary, age 48, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born July 19, 1968, in De Queen. She was the DOT safety director at Hwy 71 Trucking, a former safety director at Pilgrim’s Pride and a member of the Horatio Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Cary is preceded in death by her parents, Billy Leverett and Mary Joan Leverett and one sister, Laramie Lucretia Fant.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Wayne Cary; one son, John Wilson of Tacoma, Washington; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelsey and Bobby Craig of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, Shannon Fant of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two aunts, Carolyn Pearson and Lucretia Walker and her ex-husband and friend, Mitchell Wilson.

A memorial service for Mrs. Cary will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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

 

Mrs. Ora Olene Bailey Hendrix

 

Mrs. Laura Leona Hudson Nimmons

Mrs. Laura Leona Hudson Nimmons age 86, a resident of De Queen, passed Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Charles and Selma Danner Hudson in Kansas City, Missouri on July 18, 1930. She was a retired teacher, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, and feeding birds and squirrels.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather Charles Chase, her husband of over 60 years, John Bair Nimmons, and a son-in-law, Charles R. Lee.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Gloria Nimmons of Stratford, California and William “Bill” Nimmons of De Queen, one daughter, Sandra Lee of De Queen; eight grandchildren, John Brandon Nimmons of Palmdale, California, Laura and Steve Crowell of Magnolia, Arkansas, Amanda and Tay Sisoukrath of Little Rock, Arkansas, David Lee of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gus Escsmilla of Lancaster, California, Cynthia Isquierdo of Palmdale, California, Robert Isquierdo of Lemoore, California, and Dominique McCormick of Palmdale, California; sixteen great-grandchildren, Loman, Olivia, Charlee, Scarlett, Brody, Triston, Christian, Hillary, Jaden, Jullian, Maddison, Jauzlynn, Jorden, Michael, Elijah, and Miracole; and a stepsister, Deanna Nessel of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Laura Nimmons will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M., in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.


 

Mrs. Gloria Jean Jackson Giles

Mrs. Gloria Jean Jackson Giles, age 67, a resident of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born June 26, 1949 in Dierks, Arkansas. She was an accountant.

Mrs. Giles was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur Dwaine and Lucy Fern Alexander Jackson, one son, Mark Douglas Young, and a grandson, Christopher Cate.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Giles of Mt. Ida; two daughters and sons-in-law, Staci and Bryan Pearson of Ft. Worth, Texas and Angie and Todd Shannon of Gravette, Arkansas; one brother, Tony Jackson of Mt. Ida; one sister, Beverly Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, August, 20, 2016 at the funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mrs. Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams, 83, of Ashdown, AR passed away August 10, 2016.

Mrs. Williams was born August 14, 1932 in Wilton, AR to Seabron and Elberta Jones. She was a member of Brownstone Church. She was a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, it was her favorite thing to do. She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Williams; one brother; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Williams of Ashdown, AR; two daughters and son-in-law, Judy and Norman Clark of Minneola, TX, Margaret Williams of Ashdown, AR; two sisters, Pauline Jester of Wagner, OK, Novella McClung of Foreman, AR; two grandchildren, Jeanette Vesely, Patrick Vesely; and four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday August 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR.

Funeral Services will be Saturday August 13, 2016 at 2:00pm at madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR with Rev. Jim Pinson and Bill Pounds officiating. Burial will follow at Hicks Cemetery in Ashdown, AR under the direction of Madden Funeral Home. Online Registration : maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Joyce Lynn Foster Barringer Suggs

Joyce Lynn Foster Barringer Suggs, age 67, of Lockesburg, AR, entered Heaven’s gates on Thursday, August 4, 2016. She was born in Sacramento, California on April 27th, 1949 to Melvin Willard Foster and Doris Dell Burrows Foster. Joyce grew up in Placerville, El Dorado County, California and moved to
Arkansas with her family as a young wife and mother. Joyce was a devout Christian, always willing to help, who enjoyed collecting antiques, loved her dogs and growing flowers, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Joyce was a wonderful friend, wife, mother, grandmother, sister & aunt.
 

Joyce was very active in community affairs and devoted many hours making costumes and participating in fundraisers. Joyce contributed time, heart, and good humor even when things became tedious. She loved the holidays, cooking family meals and spending time with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
 

She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; her husband, William Hall Suggs; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jennifer Barringer, of Centreville, AL; her
son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Cindy Barringer, of Conway, AR; her daughter and
son-in-law, Christina and Ronnie Willis, of Horatio, AR; her stepdaughter, Tammi Baker; her
sister and brother-in-law, Georgia and Bob Ybright; her sister and brother-in-law, Melvia and
Tim Hatfield; her brother, Rick Foster (all of Placerville, CA); her sister and brother-in-law,
Denna and Jeff Graham, of Brookings, OR; five granddaughters: Kimberley, Kalee, Maloree,
Ava, and Josie; three step-grandchildren: Marie, Travis and Harley; and many other relatives
and friends.

A celebration in her honor will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the
Williamson Community Church in Horatio, AR. A celebration of her life will also be held in Placerville, California. Details for this service will be announced later. Thank you for the support of friends and community during our time of grieving.

 

Mr. Lee Von Gilbert

Mr. Lee Von "Fatty" Gilbert, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 8th, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

He was born to Robert Wendell and Marie Louise Eudy Gilbert, in Center Point, Arkansas, on January 4, 1954. He was a Baptist, and a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandbaby, Dakota Vanhoose.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Hobbs Gilbert of De Queen, two daughters, Lavonda Icenhower and Wendy Vanhoose both of De Queen, five grandchildren, Dalton Icenhower, Garrett Sullivan, Cody Icenhower, Dylan Vanhoose, and Hunter Vanhoose, One great-grandson, Declan Icenhower, five brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. J. W. and Jenice Gilbert of Dierks, Larry and Judy Gilbert of Lockesburg, Ronnie and Diane Gilbert of Dierks, Richard and Darlene Gilbert of Lockesburg and Dwayne and Connie Gilbert of Dierks, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary "Missy" and Terrell Shepherd of Dierks, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Lee Von Gilbert will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, August 11th in the chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lee Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel hill Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 10th from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Frances Anderson Goldman

Mrs. Frances Anderson Goldman, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 06, 2016, in the Little River Nursing & Rehab, Ashdown, Ark.

She was the oldest of three children born to Burturm “Buck” and Hollis E. Ferguson Anderson.

She was born on May 15, 1929 in Slaton, Texas. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed reading, and Bible Study. She attended the New Prospect Baptist Church in Cowlingsville, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 40 years, Billy Joe Goldman, and a brother, Richard Anderson.

She is survived by one son, Randal and Minnie Goldman of Lockesburg, three grandchildren and their spouses, Jarrett and Susan Goldman of Benton, Arkansas, Jennifer and Andrew Mooney of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Stephanie Wiley of Ashdown, three great-grandchildren, Pryeus Wiley, Frankie Goldman, and Jackson Mooney, a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jimmy Gibson of Waurika, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 10 am on Wednesday, August 10th in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 9th at Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Rebecca Jean "Becky" Higgins Stiles

Mrs. Rebecca Jean “Becky” Higgins Stiles, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 30th at her home.

She was born to Marvin O’Neal and Hazel Lee Helms Higgins in Mineral, Arkansas, on January 7, 1941. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1958. She went on to have a lengthy career with Weyerhaeuser Company. She started as a secretary and timberlands clerk for Dierks Forrest, Inc, which was later bought by Weyerhaeuser Company in De Queen. Upon moving to Mississippi with Pete’s career transfer, she be became Personnel Manager at Weyerhaeuser Co in Bruce, Mississippi and became Process Manager of the woodyard for Weyerhaeuser’s Columbus Pulp and Paper Complex in Columbus, MS., as well as a devoted wife and mother. Becky retired in 1997, after 39 years. In 1997, Pete and Becky moved back to De Queen, where she enjoyed serving on the Board of Gillham School Alumni Committee. She loved Gillham and her former schoolmates. She was an active member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Food Committee, and Vacation Bible School Food Committee.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Tillmon Whitley, and an infant son, Gregory Alan Stiles.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edwin L. “Pete” Stiles of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Steven Hughes of Germantown, Tennessee, a grandson, Jake Hughes of Birmingham, Alabama, a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Cheryl Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, two stepbrothers, Tim Whitley of De Queen, and Tommy Whitley of Louisville, Kentucky, an aunt, Peggy Skipworth of Ashdown, six nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband’s family, a brother-in-law, Bill and his wife, Irene Stiles of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Becky Stiles will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton and Bro. Joe Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, August 1st at Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Midge Divine Burris

Mrs. Midge Divine Burris, age 90, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, July 25, 2016, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Ameal and Nola Smith Divine in Sevier County, Arkansas, on March 5, 1926. She was a retired nurse, and a member of Mt. Phebia Baptist Church of Horatio. She enjoyed Bible study, quilting, gardening, flowers, and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Burris, her parents, her siblings, Elease Moreland, and Napoleon Divine, and her granddaughter-in-law, Janice Jordan.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Donna Burris of Gary, Indiana, a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ray Gaffney-French of Horatio, four grandchildren, Ted Jordan of Horatio, Robert, Jr. and his wife, Taya Gaffney of Grand Prairie, Texas, Carol Irby-Nunnery and her husband, Hilton Nunnery of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Attorney Ryan and his wife, Shayla Gardner of Indianapolis, Indiana, eleven great-grandchildren, Robert Andre Gaffney, Brittany and Markavius Marion, Shaylon Gaffney, Devin Gaffney, Angie Johnson, Sgt. Sonya Johnson, Carmelia Johnson, Julian Ginn, Darius Ginn, Braxton Gardner, and Beckham Gardner twelve great-great-grandchildren, Joshua, Aleah, Makyla, Brennen, Brayden, Jayden, Kennedi, Zoey, Adaya, Amelia, Axton, and Vera, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

 

Jeff Millwee Whisenhunt

Jeff Millwee Whisenhunt left this life on July 18, 2016. He was born on August 16, 1925 in Horatio, Arkansas and later moved to Idabel, Oklahoma where he grew up. He met and married the love of his life, Doris, there. They were married for 71 wonderful years.

Jeff joined the Merchant Marines during WWII and traveled the world on a variety of vessels as the ship’s chief radio operator.

He started his long career with the Kansas City Southern Railroad in 1948. In 1960 he moved to De Queen, Arkansas, where, as the youngest agent ever assigned to the station, stayed until his retirement in 1987.

Being a Mason was a big part of Jeff’s life. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and served as Worshipful Master of his Lodge as well as other high-level Masonic positions.

Jeff was also a huge supporter of the Boy Scouts. While living in Sallisaw, Oklahoma he started Boy Scout Troop 31, served as their Scout Master for several years, and even found and refurbished a place for them to meet…an old abandoned jail house!

A true and faithful servant, he was involved with the Methodist Church serving in many capacities through the years; as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, President of the Methodist Men, and as a Certified District Lay Minister to rural areas and other towns in Southwest Arkansas.
Jeff was an avid quail hunter and had a passion for the airways as a HAM Operator. His many radio friends still call today wondering what happened to N5LOO – his long time call sign. He loved playing dominos and cribbage and was infamously known for his “Grandpa Rules”.

Jeff leaves his wife, Doris, two sons, Wayne (wife Shirley), Robert (wife Carla), 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan.

Anyone who ever met him would know he had a love of storytelling and jokes. Being around Jeff almost always left you with a smile or a chuckle. He had a knack for making people feel a little happier than he found them.
 

 

Ethel Faye (Kinder) Keaster

Ethel Faye (Kinder) Keaster, passed away from this life on July 26, 2016 at the age of 82. She was born on September 13, 1933 in Swifton, Arkansas to E.B. and Eula (Nelson) Kinder.

She was married to Eunice Sylvester Keaster on December 2, 1954 in Swifton, Arkansas and they were married sixty years. She was a homemaker, babysitter and enjoyed keeping all her grandkids through the years. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She loved going to church and was a devoted Christian. She worked in the food pantry in her church. She also had many church sales selling clothes and other items to raise money for the food pantry in her church. She kept a supply of clothes on hand in all different sizes to help people whenever in need.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law of Dierks, Janet and Bobby Whisenhunt and Alisa Thornton; five grandchildren, Jon Whisenhunt and wife Crystal of Dierks, Shana Thornton of Dierks, Tracy (Whisenhunt) Kendrick and husband Wayne of Cerrogordo, Lee Thornton of Dierks, Jennifer (Whisenhunt) Jester and husband Tyler of Maumelle; seven great grandchildren, Brett Nutt, Curtis Nutt, Destiny Nutt, Davin Burgess, Laken Whisenhunt, Jalynn Jester, Evan Kendrick; one sister Pauline Calhoun of Tuckerman, Arkansas; she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eunice Sylvester Keaster, her parents E.B. and Eula Kinder, one son in law Webster Thornton, her twin brother Ray Kinder, two brothers Carl Kinder, Joe Kinder, six sisters Lola Mae Kinder, Joyce Kinder, Lois Self, Ruby Benson, Aline Brewer, and Alma Benson.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday July 29 at the Dierks Assembly of God Church

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 30 at the Dierks Assembly of God with Bro. Kevin Herrington officiating. Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

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

 

Mrs. Tawny Northern

Mrs. Tawny Janene Cardel Northern, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at her home.

She was born on May 16, 1950 in Texarkana, Texas. She was retired from Texas Instruments, as an inspector. She enjoyed crocheting, playing with animals, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Tanya Cardel and Ralph Cardel.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Northern of Lockesburg, Arkansas, a son, Paul Bryson of Miami, Florida, a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and David Runnels of Provo, Arkansas, two grandsons, Thomas Stanley of Provo, and Justin Runnels of Nashville, Arkansas. A granddaughter, Amber runnels of Provo, Arkansas, three great-grandchildren, Remington Davis and Jayden Runnels both of Provo, Arkansas and Emily Bradshaw of Delight, Arkansas, a niece, Lisa N0orthern, and a special friend, Glenda Irons.

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

 

Mrs. Phyllis Mae Berti

Mrs. Phyllis Mae Berti, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Blue Island, Illinois on January 27, 1941, to John and Helen Smola Ekert. After her dad’s death in World War II, she was raised by her mom and step-father, Louis Hankus. She worked as a medical records technician, as well as a homemaker. She was Catholic, and enjoyed traveling, housekeeping, her flower garden, and floral designs.

She was preceded in death her parents, and her husband of over 40 years, Jerome Leon Berti.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Jeffery and Toula Berti of Hinsdale, Illinois, Joseph and Amy Berti of Denver, Colorado, and James Berti of Sun City, Arizona, a daughter, Cindy Berti of De Queen, Arkansas, a sister, Carol Guger of Orland, Illinois, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Phyllis Berti will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 13, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P O Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Mrs. Addie Lee Fitzhugh Clowers

Mrs. Addie Lee Fitzhugh Clowers, age 93, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Friday, July 22, 2016, in Ashdown.

She was born April 16, 1923 in Little River County to James Earl and Minervia Alice Ayers Fitzhugh. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tom Church of Christ.

Mrs. Clowers was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Everett Clowers; two sons, James Everett Clowers and Joseph Harold Clowers; and a grandson Jimmy Kent; and four brothers.

She is survived by her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dorothy and Gary Walz of Texarkana, Arkansas, Barbara Adcock of Tom, Oklahoma, and Linda and Dale Edwards of DeKalb, Mississippi.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Clowers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2016, in the Dollarhide Pavilion at Dollarhide Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Dollarhide Pavilion.

 

Mr. James E. Bishop

Mr. James Elmer Bishop, age 67, a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, died Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Shreveport, LA.

He was born on November 1, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. He grew up in De Queen, and graduated from De Queen High School in 1966. He entered the US Navy in November of 1967 and served until August 1973, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Williams and Leila Mullins, and a brother-in-law, Robert Stow.

He is survived by a son, J. J. Bishop of Stilwell Oklahoma, a daughter, Ann Bishop also of Stillwell, Oklahoma, his children's mother, Dorothy Spence of Stillwell, Oklahoma, a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marnetta Bishop of Nashville, Arkansas, a sister, Marie Stow of Tulsa, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Clarence Chisom of Shreveport, LA.

His remains were buried in the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA, on July 18, 2016. You may send on online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Manuel C. Dossett

Mr. Manuel C. Dossett, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Dossett was born October 12, 1933 in Winthrop, Arkansas to Nora A. McLain Dossett and Manuel Labron Dossett. He was the retired owner of M.C. Dossett Ties, Lumber, and Logging Company, a trustee at Rose Hill Baptist Church, a 32nd degree mason at Sweet Home Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, a member of the Gideons and an avid hunter, fisherman, and woodworker.

Mr. Dossett was preceded in death by a brother, Labron Don Dossett; a sister, Margaret Lofa Dossett Brewer; a granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett; and a son, James Manuel Dossett.

Survivors include his wife, Ileen A. Dossett; three sons and daughters-in-law; John Foster and Renita Dossett, Laborn Todd and Diana Dossett, Earnest E. and Cindy Rynders; three daughters and sons-in-law; Marcia Kay and Spencer O’Connor, Thelma Lenora and Ron Hoff, and Ramona and Mark Scaggs; grandchildren; Alicia Ann Loman, Carly E. Stinnett, Dara Dossett Schwarz, Manuel Caleb Dossett, Charlie Farley, James Farley, Lyndon Hoff, and Douglas Ryanders; great-grandchildren Matthew Tanner Loman, Devon Ileen Stinnett, Colton Chase Loman, Ethan Ray Stinnett, Casey Ray Loman, Sydnei E. Sams, Bryson Hoff, Andrew Farley, Rayleigh Farley, Jenna Farley, and Lane Farley; and a very special friend, Kenneth McDonnell.

Funeral services for Mr. Dossett will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Rose Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial, with masonic rites, will follow in the Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 at the funeral home.

Those wishing to send a memorial may donate to Shriners Hospital at 3100 Samford Ave. in Shreveport, Louisiana 71103 or Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street in Dallas, Texas 75219 attn. Development Department.

 

Milford Gerald "Bob" Roberts

Mr. Milford Gerald "Bob" Roberts, age 85, a resident of Vancouver, Washington passed away on Sunday July 10, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Roberts was born on October 3, 1930 in Gillham, Arkansas to James and Lois Willmon Roberts. He served 22 years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Army as a Captain, and received two Purple Hearts: The Silver Star and Bronze recipient, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with four clusters.

Mr. Roberts was an automotive car dealership owner of the following: Roberts Chrysler and Pioneer Jeep-Eagle in Hillsboro, Oregon, Rose City Chevrolet in St. Johns, Oregon, Frontier Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Frontier Ford in LaGrande, Oregon, Roberts Dodge in Eugene, Oregon, Roberts Ford and Roberts Tri-City Dodge in Kennewick, Washington, and Sterlings Car Dealerships.

He was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Lynn Roberts; one daughter, Anita Kaye Roberts; and one brother, Bill Roberts.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra L. Roberts; one son, Milford G. "Butch" Roberts and wife Nancy of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one daughter, Deborah F. Smith and husband Charles L. of Newhope, Arkansas; one step son, Gerald G. "Gary" Fleenor of Beaverton, Oregon; two adopted sons, Jesse and James Roberts both of Vancouver, Washington; one adopted daughter, Ricki Roberts Sauls of South Carolina; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and a host of loving family and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the Cossatot Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Rev. John Henry Williams officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers for Mr. Roberts will be: Charles Smith, Bret McKiever, Tracy Gentry, Ty Gentry, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever and Buster Roberts.

 

Mr. Otis Hill

Mr. Otis Wesley Hill, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, in a Hot Springs Hospital.

He was born in Texarkana, Arkansas, on November 23, 1933. He was a retired driver for the KCS Transport, and a member of the New Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and all his siblings.

He is survived by a son, Dwayne Graves of Duncanville, Texas, a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Nathaniel Staggers of De Queen, and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be at later date. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Vera Pinkerton Baker

Mrs. Vera Pinkerton Baker, age 89, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Friday, July 15, 2016 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born November 14, 1926 in Newhope, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Nellie Smith Pinkerton; and her husband, Hubert Edward Baker.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy McLaughlin of Wickes and Jone and John Earl Roe of Robeline, Louisiana; one sister, Era C. Bonney of Moses Lake, Washington; four grandchildren, Kimberly Garrison, Jeffery McLaughlin, Michelle Gullette and Pat Roe; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 in the Wickes Pentecostal Church with Chris Burk officiating. Burial will follow in the Duckett Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the funeral home.

 

 

Mr. Edward "Eddie" Rivera Vertiz

"Eddie," age 38, a resident of Little Rock, AR died Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.

He was born to Christine Vertiz and Apolinar S. Vertiz in De Queen, AR on April 11, 1978. He was a former food service supervisor at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, AR.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Vertiz. He is survived by his wife Anel Linares Vertiz and two sons, Jayden and Michael Vertiz of Little Rock, AR, two daughters, Chrissy Vertiz, De Queen, AR and Valerie K. Vertiz of Little Rock, AR. His father Apolinar S. Vertiz and wife Elvira M. Vertiz, his mother Christine Vertiz, his brother Joshua D. Vertiz, and two sisters and brother in law Corinda (Jose) Hernandez and Elizabeth Belen Vertiz. His father and mother in law Juan Linares and Hermelinda Valdez, four brother in laws Gabriel Linares (Teresa Serna), David Linares (Haide Ramos), Israel Linares (Elizabeth Martinez), and one sister in law Jasmine Linares (Angel Garcia) and numerous nephews and nieces plus a host of family and friends.

Memorial services will be Saturday July 23rd, 12:30 pm at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 6219 Baseline Road, Little Rock Arkansas and July 30th at 1:00 pm, at the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall in Horatio, AR.
 

Mr. Jackey Allen Arter

Mr. Jackey Allan Arter, age 56, a resident of Lockesburg, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 6, 1959 in Littlefield, Texas. He was a timber worker, construction worker and worked at the Tyson Company Store in Nashville, Arkansas.

Mr. Arter is survived by his wife, Tina Stapp Arter; one son and daughter-in-law, Logan and Brandi Arter of Lockesburg; one daughter, Katelyn Arter of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Kevin Arter and Alainna Arter; his parents, Jackey L. and Kathleen Jones Arter; two brothers, Jerry Arter of Witts Springs, Arkansas and Larry Arter of Leslie, Arkansas; four sisters, Karen Flud of Hasty, Arkansas, Sherry Davis of Gum Log, Arkansas, Sharon Grant of Dardanelle, Arkansas and Kerry Balentine of Clinton, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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


 

Mrs. Debra Ann Clardy Johnson

Mrs. Debra Ann Clardy Johnson, age 66, a resident of Horatio, died Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Horatio, Arkansas.

She was born to Winfred Clardy and Dorothy Jean Martin in Horatio, Arkansas, on May 26, 1950. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Rubin and Everene Martin. She was a RN 48 years, working in the Labor and Delivery for St. Michaels’s Hospital and De Queen General Hospital. She also was the nurse for the Sevier County Developmental Center, and was on the Horatio City Council. She was an active member of the Mt. Phebia Baptist Church, where she served as Superintendent, Church Clerk, and Church Treasurer. She enjoyed crocheting, helping others and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, her husband, Donnell Louis “JoeJoe” Johnson, a grandchild, Janae Joelle Hardwrick, and a son-in-law, Stephen Murdock.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Susan Stephens of Houston, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Andrea Fenee’ Murdock of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Arnetha and Leroy Hardwrick, Jr. of Foreman, Arkansas, a son, Andre Johnson of Horatio, Arkansas, and Marcus Johnson of Dallas, Texas, nine grandchildren, Jasmine Hardwrick, Jordan Hardwrick, Jade Hardwrick, Joshua Murdock, Caleb McGaha, Robert Stephens, Quincy Robinson Johnson, Robbie Stephens, Jr., and Jalen Pastchol, a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Nicole Hopson of Idabel, Oklahoma, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruby Holliday of Flint, Michigan, and Sheila and Alvin Jackson of Palm Bay, Florida, a sister-in-law, Shirley Johnson of Horatio, AR., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Debra Johnson will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Horatio. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres, Horatio, Arkansas.


Visitation will be on Saturday, July 16th at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com


 

 

Mrs. Frances Yates

Mrs. Frances Yates, age 88, a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Friday, July 8, 2016 in Fayetteville.

She was born May 26, 1928 in the Belleville Community near Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a retired school teacher.

Mrs. Yates was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Mary Elizabeth Wilson Emerson; her husband, L.N. Yates, Jr. and four brothers, Woody Emerson, Archie Emerson, Charles Emerson and Sonny Emerson.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Melissa Yates of Little Rock, Arkansas; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and Bill Gentry of Van Buren, Arkansas, Judy McClary of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Christy Smith, also of Fayetteville; her siblings, John Emerson of Lebanon, Oklahoma, Bessie Jean Torgerson of Oak Harbor, Washington, Delia Ann Goins of Texarkana, Linda Monroe of Horatio, Arkansas, and Stanley Emerson of New Braunfels, Texas; her grandchildren, Scott Gentry, Craig Gentry, Amanda Pride, Amy Bronson, Andrew McClary, Alex McClary, Sam Yates, Abbi Smith and Alli Smith; her great-grandchildren, Kaleb Bronson, Ella Bronson, Anna Pride, Clara Pride, Riley Gentry, Thomas Gentry, and Emerson Gentry; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Ramsey Dewayne Huckaby

Mr. Ramsey Dewayne Huckaby, age 66, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, July 10, 2016 in the UAMS Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Felix Harrison and Louise Ramsey Huckaby in De Queen, Arkansas on October 20, 1949. He was retired from the Sevier County Road Department, retiring with 41 years service and was an active member of the Old Time Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed running his dogs, deer hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He was preceded in death his parents, Lonnie Huckaby, Donnie Huckaby, Glennis Huckaby, and Marvin Huckaby.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Lyons Huckaby of De Queen, a step-son, Jason J. and Jacqueline Carr of De Queen, a step-daughter, Crystal D. and Eduardo Celso of Columbia, South Carolina, a brother and sister-in-law, James and Emalene Huckaby of de Queen, and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Margie Harbolt of Joplin, Mo, Sue and Sol Wagoner of Horatio, Arkansas, and Linda Dean of De Queen, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ramsey Huckaby will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com. Donations to help with funeral expenses may be made at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Dr. Llewellyn Don Brown

Dr. Llewellyn Don Brown, age 70, a resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the family home place, Horatio, Arkansas.

He was born to Tommie and Snowie Belle Coulter Brown in Horatio, Arkansas, on July 15, 1945. He was raised in the Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army. He went on to serve as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering with Kraft Foods and Senior Vice President of Container Operations & Technology at Coors Brewing, retiring in 2001. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1998, and is being inducted into the UAPB Hall of Fame for Business this October, 2016. He had a passion for golf, traveling, photography, woodworking and was an avid reader. Most of all he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Darrell F. Brown, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Inez Wyatt Brown of Cave Creek, Arizona, Three daughters and a son-in-law, Daria Akilah Kamila Brown of Portland, Oregon, Ellynn Donisha Brown of Los Angeles, California, and Dalila Jinelle Brown and Edgar Bautista of Plano, Texas, a grandson, Antonio Llewellyn Bautista of Plano, Texas, and an adopted grandson, Alex Bautista of Plano, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Juanita Brown of Chicago, Illinois, a sister, Patricia “Pat” Brown-Dixon of Kansas City, Missouri, and more than twenty nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Dr. L. Don Brown will be held Saturday, July 16th at the Horatio First Baptist Church, 207 Hazard Street, Horatio, Arkansas 71842. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home for a Birthday Fellowship in honor of Dr. Brown on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Snowie & Tommie Brown Scholarship, c/o: UAPB Foundation Fund, 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or the Horatio Homeplace Trust Fund, c/o: Patricia Brown Dixon, 4949 Wornall Road, Unit 305, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.


 

 

Dottlee Duggan Reid Meager

Dottlee Duggan Reid Meager was born to Thomas and Dona Rose Duggan in Grannis, Arkansas on December 24, 1933. She passed from this life on July 5, 2016, near Baytown, Texas. She lived on this Earth 82 years, 6 months, one week and four days.

She enjoyed country living. She liked flowers and animals, especially ducks. She enjoyed writing poetry and was a published poet and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Dub Reid; one son, Tony Reid; three sisters, Laura Duggan, Edith Frachiseur and Mary Oliver; and one brother, Willie Duggan.

She is survived by her husband, Will Meager of Massachusetts; one son, Jeff Reid of Baytown, Texas; one sister, Janie Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Jeffery and Dottie; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mineral Cemetery near Gillham, Arkansas with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating.

 

Mrs. Linda Nealy Padilla

Mrs. Linda Williamson Nealy Padilla, age 67, a resident of Richland, Washington, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died January 24, 2016 in Richland, Washington.

She was born to Lawrence "Snooks" and Mary Williamson in De Queen, Arkansas on June 22, 1948. She studied Art at Arkadelphia College, and later became a cosmetologist as this was her Passion. She was a Christian woman with love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her first husband, Larry Nealy.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Padilla of Richland, Washington, a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Ian Van Tiger, a granddaughter, Brittany Nealy, a grandson Cody Van Tiger, a great-grandson, Cillian Nealy, a great-granddaughter, Gwen Parker, a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Dennis Dodd, a brother, Kenneth Williamson, nephews, Chad Hofert and Shane Williamson, nieces, Angela Gafford and Hollye Staley, as well as other family members.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Linda Nealy Padilla will be held at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the Williamson Community Church, Horatio with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Sherry Dodd officiating. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Maria Viviano de Bello

Mrs. Maria Viviano de Bello, age 68, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Atlanta.

Mrs. Bello was born July 17, 1947, in Acapulco, Mexico. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved being with her family, children, and grandchildren. She also loved gardening and fishing on the river.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and Nicolasa Viviano and one brother, Gabino Viviano.

Mrs. Bello is survived by her husband, José Luis Bello of Atlanta Georgia; three daughters, Elizabeth Suaréz of Atlanta, Georgia, Lupé Sotelo of De Queen, Arkansas and Gladiluz Bello of Little Rock, Arkansas; one son José M. Bello of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; eleven grandchildren; Cristal Calderon, Horacio Jr. Sotelo, Jafet Sotelo, Liseth Bello, Josue Bello, Sara Bello, Jose Suarez, Marily Suarez, Jairo Suarez, Megan Camarillo, and David Camarillo; and one great-grandchild Elleney Suarez.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bello will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Spennett Nash officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 

Robert E. Lee Rich, Jr.

Mr. Robert E. Lee Rich, Jr., age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016
At his home.

He was born to Robert E. Lee, Sr. and Verdie Viola Griffin Rich in Horatio, Arkansas on September 13, 1942. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army. He was a retired welder foreman with Smith International Servco, and was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed horse races, golfing, dominos, and chicken fighting, and cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Wilson Trahan, a sister, Bobbie Crouch, three brothers, Floyd Rich, Richard Rich, and Donald Rich, a granddaughter, Kayla Maddox, and a great-grandson, Gage Hill, and two nephews, Michael Rich and Steven Rich.

He is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Janie and Scott Landry of Lake Charles, La., Dinah Rich of Branson, Missouri, Glenda Trahan of Scott, LA, and Bobbye and Justin Roy of Hollister, Missouri, a son, Terry Rich of Lafayette, Louisiana, a sister, Margaret Klitz of Winthrop, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Rich of Horatio, Arkansas, Ten grandchildren and their spouses, Scott and Diana Miller, Jr. of Geismer, Louisiana, Kaysha and Thomas Sanders, Dallas Rich, Tyler Bourgue all of Branson, Missouri, Candice and Ricky Pomier of Scott, Louisiana, Collin Roy of Branson, Missouri, Robert Paul and Raquel Rich, Sr of Lafayette, Louisiana, Derek and Trina Rich of Duson, Louisiana, Michael and Twylla Rich of Alexandria, Louisiana, Natasha Rich of Springrfield, Missouri, five great-grandchildren, Jayden Miller of Geismer, Louisiana, Robert Paul Rich, Jr., Ruby Realyn Rich both of Lafayette, Louisiana, Callie Rich of Duson, Louisiana, and Colt Sanders of Branson, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Rich will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Coy Willis officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, July 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 A.M., until Service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Merle Charles Wilbur

Merle Charles Wilbur, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 3, 1925, in the West Otis Community. He was a former employee of Dierks Lumber Yard and a World War II Army veteran.

Mr. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Howard P. and Nora Mae Curl Wilbur.

He is survived by two nieces, Barbara Jean Rightmire of De Queen and Francis Carol Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas; three nephews, Kenneth Eugene Rightmire of Klammath Falls, Oregon, Bobby Charles Rightmire and Jackie Niel Rightmire both of De Queen and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time, cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Harace Junior Merworth

Harace Junior Merworth, age 90, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Overton Brook VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was born June 13, 1926 in DeKalb, Texas. He was a self-employed brick layer, a World War II Army veteran and lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Merworth was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd E. Merworth, Sr. and Ethel Dennington Merworth; two sisters, Johnnie Faye Heiman and Bobbie Lee Barnes and four sons, Ronnie, Donnie, Gary and Larry Merworth.

He is survived by his wife, Teri Davis Merworth; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Haracetta June “Ericka” Watson of Haworth, Oklahoma, Kaylene Michelle “Micki” and Chris Eldred of Coleman, Texas and Teresé Chantel and Dennis Absher of Santa Anna, Texas; two sons, Harace Britt Merworth of Haworth, Oklahoma and Alexander Glen Merworth of Texas; five sisters, Marie McPherson of Simms, Texas, Jean Williams of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Patsy Adcock, Linda Kay Pritchard and Sumei Hon all of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; two brothers, Floyd Merworth, Jr. and Donnie Merworth both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Merworth will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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


 

Mrs. Donna Golden

Mrs. Donna Cecieil Bethel Golden, age 75, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday,
July 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born in St. Charles, Missouri on October 30, 1940. She was an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, traveling, fishing, and painting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ollie Banks, a daughter Denice Rivera, a grandson, Parker Rivera, and two great-grandsons, Landon and Mason Bourque

She is survived by her husband, Allen Ray Golden of Lockesburg, three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Dana Rivera of Lafayette, Louisiana, Thomas and Marcie Robbins of Pollock, Louisiana, and Steven Robbins of Colfax, Louisiana, a daughter, Deann Rivera of Benton, Arkansas, two step-daughters and their spouses, Emmy and Danny Bailey of Lockesburg, and Amanda and Joel Whisenhunt of Nashville, Arkansas, two grandsons, Will and his wife, Courtney Bourque of Hiram, Georgia, five granddaughters, Allison and her husband, Jacque Romero of Youngsville, Louisiana, Lauren Rivera and Madelyn Rivera both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Peyton Rivera of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Danelle Robbins of Minden, Louisiana, three step-grandsons, Dustyn Golden of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Hadyn Whisenhunt and Caleb Whisenhunt both of Nashville, Arkansas, two step-granddaughters, Kristina Young of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Lauren Whisenhunt of Nashville, Arkansas, three great-grandchildren Leo Robbins, and Jude Robbins both of Minden, Louisiana, and Amy Romero of Youngsville, Louisiana,

Funeral Services for Mrs. Donna Golden will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will be on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. in the St. Charles Memorial Garden, Saint Charles, Missouri, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, AR Visitation will be on Thursday, from 12:00 noon until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mr. DeWayne Barnes

Mr. Anthony DeWayne Barnes, age 56, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Lee Jr. and Patsy Joyce Hawkins Barnes in Dallas, Texas, on August 26, 1959. He was a millwright, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his father, his maternal grandparents, Jack and Eva Hawkins, and his paternal grandparents, Lee and Maggie Barnes.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Patsy and John Siebert of Sulphur Springs, Texas, A son, Michael Barnes of Dierks, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Lindy Barnes of Forney, Texas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dana and Monte Stringfellow of Horatio, Arkansas, and Rose and Paul Jackson of Dierks, Arkansas, three nephews and their spouses, Matt and Misty Barnes of Forney Texas, Cody and Shawna Stinnett of Horatio, Arkansas, and Justin and Kayla Jackson of Dierks, Arkansas, three nieces and their spouses, Jennifer and Andy Glidewell of Forney, Texas, Meagan and Matt Blanton of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Amber Jackson of Texarkana, Arkansas, his long time friend and fishing buddy, Mike Whitaker of Dierks, Arkansas.

Memorial Services for Mr. DeWayne Barnes will be held at 2:00 P. M., Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Olie D. "Doc" Brown

Mr. Olie D. "Doc" Brown, 71, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a brief illness. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, June 29, at the Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery, with Military honors by the Barksdale AFB Honor Guard. Officiate was Pastor Wade Allen of Pilgrim Home Baptist Church.

Doc was a native of Memphis, TN, a former resident of De Queen where he practiced medicine, and a resident of Benton, LA for 17 years. He was preceded in death by hisr father, Olie Brown, Sr. and mother, Helen Brown. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diann Brown; daughter, Susan Demoss; sons, John Brown and Jeff Huffman; grandchildren, Haley Huffman, Alisha Huffman and Clayton Huffman.

Pallbearers were Jeff Huffman, Jon Heimeyer, Charles Benton, John Schieme, James Griffen and Trenton Price.
 

Mr. James Leon Cogburn

Mr. James Leon “Doogie” Cogburn, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, July 4, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on March 15, 1948, in Hatfield, Arkansas. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Weyerhaeuser for 20 years, a self-employed mechanic, a member of the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge, an antique automobile enthusiast and a Christian.

Mr. Cogburn was preceded in death by his parents, James “Jim” and Dora Perrin Cogburn and four sisters, Mary Lou Moore, Ruthie Cogburn, Helen Cogburn and Deffie Cogburn.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Thelma Hile Cogburn; one daughter and son-in-law, Lutrica Lynn and Mike Ward; one son, Daniel Lee Cogburn all of Dierks; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Hazel Demasters of Lodi, Arkansas, Betty Cooper of Marvell, Arkansas and Pat and Johnny Kesterson of Dierks; one brother, Lloyd Cogburn of Lodi, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Brittany and husband Ben Witherspoon of Nashville, Arkansas, Aaron McRaven, Blake Cogburn, Jarod Cogburn and Jennifer and husband, Zach White all of Dierks; two great-grandchildren, Landry Craven of Nashville and Addison White of Dierks and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Cogburn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Farrell Shepherd and Kenny Fant officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks.

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

Memorials may be made to the Dierks High School band or the Fellowship Cemetery fund.

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


 

Helen Mae Lott Holloway

Helen Mae Lott Holloway, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born September 17, 1948 in Dierks. She was a member of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks; a house keeper for Dierks Health and Rehab and former owner of Our Lil Playskool in Dierks.

Mrs. Holloway was preceded in death by her parents, Henderson and Ethel Hill Lott; husband, Jerry “Pea Vine” Holloway; one sister, Willow Staggs; two brothers, Grady and Clayton Lott.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dewayne and Gail Holloway of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one daughter, Laura Romine of Dierks; three grandchildren, Ashlee and Benjamin Holloway of Nashville, Arkansas and Cole Pitts of Hot Springs; three brothers, Don Lott of Dierks, Jay Lott of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Ronald Lott of Ashdown, Arkansas; one sister, Hazel Pinson of Nashville; two great grandchildren, Melody and Byron and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Holloway will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Dewayne Holloway officiating.

 

Ruby Pearl Batey McWhorter

Mrs. Ruby Pearl Batey McWhorter, age 101, a resident of Prescott, Arkansas formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Prescott.

She was born September 14, 1914, in Provo, Arkansas. She was a retired cook and member of Trinity Baptist Church in Springfield, Oregon.

Mrs. McWhorter was preceded in death by her husband, Allie Floy McWhorter; her parents, Rufus and Nora Hollard Batey; and two sons, Jimmy Dale McWhorter and Dean McWhorter.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ruby Jean and Rufus Askew of Prescott, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack McWhorter and Judith George of Indio, California; two nieces, Jo Pruitt and Trixie Lee Purtell; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. McWhorter will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Provo, Arkansas, with Joe Brown and Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Vernon George Smith, Jr.

Vernon George "Fuzzy Smith, Jr., age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, June 26, 2016 at his home.

Fuzzy was born November 2, 1944 in Bay City, Michigan. He enjoyed riding his Harley, He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and a retired U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon George Smith, Sr.

Fuzzy is survived by his mother, Edna Jenkins Smith; one son, Jeff Smith of Lubbock, Texas; one daughter, Karen Smith or Michigan; two sisters, Lori and Debbie; and two grandchildren, Sterling and Weston.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

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

 

Dale Clark Hanson

Mr. Dale Clark Hanson, age 82, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born August 13, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was the owner of Hanson’s Body Shop in Lockesburg and member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Hanson loved to bowl, fish and was a Golden Gloves boxer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Horace and Juanita Alice Jones Hanson; one son, Alan Clark Hanson and one sister, Lila Gurley.

Mr. Hanson is survived by his wife, Juaveeta Sutton Hanson; one daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Gary Revels of Lockesburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Dale and Debra Hanson of Texarkana, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hanson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with John Lindsey officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Pamela Diane Simmons Carter

Pamela Diane Simmons Carter, age 64, a resident of Burg, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at her home.

She was born February 3, 1952, in the Burg Community. She was the activity director at Dierks Health and Rehab and Mine Creek Healthcare and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her father James” Frankie” Simmons.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Carter; one son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Sara Carter of Burg; her mother, Wanda Simmons, also of Burg; her brother, David Simmons of Umpire; and two granddaughters Haley and Baylee Carter.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Carter will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Burg Cemetery with scripture and song by Jerry and Pam Kirby, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

 

 

Mrs. Ila Justine Brooks Crunk

Mrs. Ila Justine Brooks Crunk age 82, of Dallas Texas, went to be with the Lord on June 18th, 2016.

Born in Ben Lomond Arkansas, she was the daughter of Hugh P. and Sue E. Brooks. Preceded in Death by her husband Calvin C. Crunk and two brothers Farest E. Brooks and Hugh Phillip Brooks.

She was employed by Texas Instruments for many years before taking off to take care of family members.

She is survived by one son William Calvin Crunk of Desoto, Texas and two daughters Susan K Logue of Plano Texas and Justina M Looman of Dallas, Texas. One daughter in law Donna Crunk and two son in laws James N Logue and James H Looman III. Blessed with grandchildren Valerie Clouse (husband Craig), Christopher Logue (wife Alexandria), Jason Logue (wife Kristi) and James Calvin Logue (wife Jennifer), Sandy Carboni , Sheila Howe, Judy Spaw and great grandchildren Zachary Shaikh, Cody Logue, Kyler Logue, Toby Logue, Jacob Logue, Dawson Logue and Brigit Logue, Ruth Spaw, Rebecca Spaw, Stephen Howe, Natalie Howe, B.J. Carboni, and Davin Carboni. Great Great Grandchildren Christopher Carboni, Brianna Carboni, Destiny Carboni.

She enjoyed family and friends and was loved by all, and will be greatly missed.

Family and Friends are invited for viewing at the Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 23rd at the Ben Lomond First Baptist Church in Ben Lomond Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Ben Lomond Cemetery, Ben Lomond Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral
Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Eileen Marie Clark "Mrs. Mac" McClinton

Eileen Marie Clark “Mrs. Mac” McClinton, age 82, a resident of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center.

Eileen was born January 7, 1934 in Red Bluff, California, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Francis and Freida Gibbons (Heckrow) Clark; her husband, James Herald McClinton; sons, James Haskell McClinton, Rodger Clark McClinton and Richard F. Ridge; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Floyd.

She is survived by her children, Glinda Milligan and husband Jerry of Wright City, Oklahoma, Charlie McClinton and wife Jill of Magnolia, Sherri Kerst and husband Bill of Horatio, Arkansas, Sarah Jones of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Linda Ellis and husband Jerry of Dallas, Texas, Louise Leverett and husband Noel of Nashville, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Haskell McClinton and wife Melba of Ruston, Louisiana; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and extended family.

Funeral services for Mrs. McClinton will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Williamson Community Church with Jimmy Roden and Micah Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Sally Mae Scroggins Scott Harris

Mrs. Sally Mae Scroggins Scott Harris, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, and former resident of Ashdown, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Willie and Mollie Hendrix Scroggins in Howard County, Arkansas, on June 6, 1932. She was a 1950 graduate of Little River County Training School, and a member of the New Dora Baptist Church in Tom, Oklahoma. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Jim Scott, and Lucious Harris, and Two brothers, Felix Scroggins, and James B. Scroggins.

She is survived by five sons, Kenneth D. Scroggins of Lockesburg, Terrell W. and Asa Scroggins of Texarkana, Texas, James C. Scott of Ashdown, Arkansas, Ray C. Scott of Lockesburg, and Elbert D. Scott of Nashville, one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Theo Bell of Lockesburg, thirteen grandchildren, Kenneth L. Scroggins, Tasha Bennett, Kenethia Porter, Terri M. Johnson, Jevon P. Scroggins, Ashley M. Scroggins, Jasmine Scott, Audrey Scott, Edward Scott, Monica Longtin, Theo J. Bell, Crystal K. Hunter, and Gabriel Bell, seven great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sally Harris will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 22nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow in the
Hickory Grove Cemetery, Nashville, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Neal Patrick Rolfe

Mr. Neal Patrick Rolfe, age 43, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, and former resident of Horatio, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

He was born to John Harold and Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe, in Longmont, Colorado on October 19, 1972. He was a member of the Old Center Church in Horatio, and enjoyed watching movies.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and his grandmother, Wilma Jewkes.

He is survived by his father, John Harold Rolfe of Horatio, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jennifer Rolfe of Horatio, Lynette and John Hanley of Horatio and Crystal and Clayton Gipson of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

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

 

James LeRoy "T Bone" Pressley

Mr. James LeRoy “T Bone” Pressley, age 84, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at McCurtain County Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born on May 5, 1932 in Sevier County, Arkansas. He was a former employee of the Sevier County Co-op in De Queen and he was a member of the State Line Church of Christ.

Mr. Pressley was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Monty and Susie Bell Stinnett Pressley, five sisters, Eveline Pressley, Ruth Bell Ford, Lillie Mae Pulliam, Madora Pressley and Betty Reid and one brother, Alvie Pressley.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Lou Simpson Pressley; one son, Donald Inoe of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Ernest and Lula Pressley, Lonnie and Marilyn Pressley and Verlon Pressley all of De Queen.

Graveside services for Mr. Pressley will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in the West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.


 

Mr. Horace Gene Poole

Mr. Horace Gene Poole, age 73, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Wednesday, June 08, 2016, At his home.

He was born to Gay Harold and Iva Belle Lyons Pool in Malta, Texas, on March 16, 1943. He was a retired auto mechanic, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Deborah Poole, a daughter, Garlyn Ra-chelle Poole, and four brothers, Gerald “Sonny” Pool, Harold Pool, Larry Pool, and Charles Wayne Pool.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Nancy Poole of Texarkana, AR, Jerry Poole of Nash, Texas, Horace “P.J.” and Tiffani Poole of Texarkana, Ar, and Zachary Poole of Texarkana, Texas, two daughters, and a son-in-law, Lisa Poole, Ra and David White of Texarkana, Texas, a brother, Lawrence Pool of Fresno, Calif., a sister, Delpha Pool of Bryant, AR, five grandchildren, Rachael Helton of Mineral Springs, Ar, Breagan White, Courtland White, and Morgan White, all of Texarkana, Texas, and Alex Poole of Texarkana, AR, three great-grandchildren, Easton Helton of Mineral Springs, AR, Adalyn Helton, and Calliope Negron both of Texarkana, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

Mr. Cletius "Bones" Irvan

Mr. Cletius “Bones” Irvan, age 87, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born on November 5, 1928 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. He worked in maintenance for Weyerhaeuser and was a Navy Veteran having served in WWII.

Mr. Irvan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Stuart and Jennie Mae Irvan.

He is survived by his wife Sarah Lorine Irvan; three daughters and their husbands, Vicki and Freddie Bodine of Horatio, Arkansas, Karen and Mike Montalvo of Palestine, Texas, and Nita and Kent Morris of King, Arkansas; two sons and their wives, Jeff and Terri Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas, and Nathan and Marilyn Irvan of Ogden, Arkansas; one sister and her husband, Mary and Norton Wells of Dallas, Texas; one brother and his wife, Franklin and Deborah Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Irvan will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9 at the funeral home.

 

Mr. Arlin Lester Kesterson

Mr. Arlin Lester Kesterson, age 76, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Friday, June 3, 2016 in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Ruben Lester and Elma Theresa Porter Kesterson in Dierks, Arkansas, on July 24, 1939. He served in the military with the U. S. Army, and was retired from Tyson Foods, where he was manager of the Truck Shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Monday night wrestling, woodworking, carpenter work, and he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Stevie Allen Kesterson, Chad Michael Kesterson, a grandson, Christopher Casey, a brother, Garland L. Kesterson, a sister, Evaleen Brown, a sister-in-law, Kathy Kesterson, and a brother-in-law, Delbert Runnels. He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Gist of Eagletown, Oklahoma, three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky Joe and Sally Kesterson of Grannis, Marlin Lynn Kesterson of Athens, Texas, and Mark Anthony “Tony” Kesterson of De Queen, a step-daughter, Jennifer Wright of Eagletown, Oklahoma, five grandchildren, Mandy Jo Davis, Shaun Allen Kesterson, Jacie Marie Kesterson, Kacie Collins, Terah Gist, five great-grandchildren, a sister, Bettye Runnels of Nashville, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife’s family, three sisters-in-law, and their spouses, Jo and Pete Ashalintubbi, Carolyn and Doug Talley All of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and Judye Givens of Henderson, Nevada.

Funeral Services for Mr. Arlin Kesterson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial with military rites will follow in Fellowship Cemetery, Dierks, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday, June 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Linville Wesley Monroe

Linville Wesley Monroe, 88, of Lake Jackson, TX, entered heavens Gates on May 23, 2016, in Houston, TX. Lin was born January 30, 1928 to Cleve and Jenny Monroe in Arkansas. Lin was married to Daisy "Dusty" Lucille Hess until her passing.

Lin spent more than 32 years in his professional career with Dow Chemical; he also owned his own advertising business for more than 50 years. Lin was a devoted father, grandfather, friend, and member of Cornerstone Nazarene Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher.

Lin is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Dusty, and two brothers, Glenn and Rayburn Monroe.

Lin is survived by his daughters, Sharon Rigby and Danna Monroe; his son, Ronald Monroe; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers, Kenneth (wife Linda) Monroe, and Alton (wife Rachel) Monroe; and his sister-in-law, Jean parks and Carolyn Monroe.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Restwood Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Howard Wirt Bass

Mr. Howard Wirt Bass, age 99, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 2, 1916 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He was a foreman for Arizona Public Service Company and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Bass was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Bass, his wife, Bertha Bass; his son, Larry Bass; his daughter, Barbara Perez and one granddaughter, Amber Bass.

He is survived by his nephew. Edward O. Arms; three granddaughters, Vandana Estevez, Cameron Bass and Jody Bass; three great-grandchildren, Riley Estevez, Esmy Latham and Anthony Estevez; his caregivers, Isi Estevez and Tara Brown; special cousin, Arlanda Bass and father figure to Paul Walkup and Roger Lovell.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Tomah, Wisconsin.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Vern Foster

Vern Foster, age 76, of Cartersville, Virginia, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.

She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Little of Cartersville, Laurie Penrod of Norfolk; granddaughters Christina Barrett, Amanda Baker of Norfolk; a great granddaughter Emma Rose Baker; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Foster of De Queen.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 1 to 2 pm in The Muddy Creek Baptist Church in Powhatan, followed by services at 2 p.m.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 in Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen.

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

 

Alvin Boyd Burris

Mr. Alvin Boyd Burris, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died May 27, 2016 at his home. He was born to Walter and Florence Louise Simpson Burris in King, Arkansas, on March 3, 1936. He graduated from Gillham High School in 1955, where he played softball. He lived most of his life in the Gillham area, and was a boy scout. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, in 1997, and was a member of the First Assembly of God in De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outside.
 
 Mr. Burris was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, W. L. Burris and L. D. Burris, one brother-in-law, Charles Claydorn, one sister-in-law, Agner Burris, three nephews, David Burris, Randy Burris, and Ron Clayborn.
 
 He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Maude Fisk Burris, of Gillham, one son, Dwayne Burris of Gillham, one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Mike Alexander of Cove, Arkansas, one sister, Joyce Clayborn of Eugene, Oregon, one sister-in-law, Linnie Burris of Longview, Texas, two nephews, Harold Burris, and James Burris, three nieces, Marguita Corless, Pam Martindale, and Debbie Blacknock, other family members and his brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
 Funeral Services for Mr. Alvin Burris will be held on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, with Pastor Ray Reynolds, and Pastor Jay Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of  Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Juan "Johnny" Munoz Arriaga

Mr. Juan “Johnny” Munoz Arriaga, age 46, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in De Queen.

He was born May 4, 1969 in Monterrey, Mexico. He was an electrician and a member of the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen.

Johnny was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Angelina Arriaga Barrientos and an infant brother, Raul Munoz.

He is survived by his son, Austin Munoz of De Queen; his father, Juan Munoz Quezeda of Monterrey; five brothers, Javier and Manolo of De Queen, Jose Manuel of Houston, Texas, Abraham Cuauhtemoc and Gabriel Angel of Mexico; five sisters, Martha Lilia and Maria Angelina of Mexico, Nora Alicia of Wickes, Arkansas, Blanca Azucena and Jessica Araceli of Houston, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass service for Johnny will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016, in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. A Rosary service will start at 10:00 a.m., Friday with memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, in the “Centro Pastoral” St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Burial will be at a later date in Monterrey, Mexico.


 

Mrs. Joyce Lee Hammer

Mrs. Joyce Lee (Morris, Hargis) Hammer, died on May 20, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Robert Nathern “Hub” and Tobitha Louisa (Ward) Morris, the father of her six children, Edgar Douglas Hargis, Sr. of Gillham, Arkansas, her second husband, Kenneth Earl Hammer of De Queen, Arkansas; four brothers, Vernon Dale Morris of Golden, Oklahoma, James Carl Morris of Gillham, Arkansas, Bobbi Gene Morris of Hugh Springs, Texas, and Allen Keith Morris of De Queen, Arkansas. She was also proceeded in death by her children, Edgar D. “Doug” Hargis of Mena, Arkansas, and Shelah Janice (Hargis) Downs of Gillham, Arkansas.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Joy (Hargis) and Preston Miles of Wickes, Teresa Lynn (Hargis) and Jimmie Miles of Wickes, Arkansas, and Rhonda E. Hargis of De Queen, Arkansas. She is also survived by one son, Dave-Robert Hargis, Sr., and his wife, Angela of Atlanta, Texas. She also raised a grandson, Edgar D. “Trey” Hargis III, of Florida. She is also survived by her lone surviving brother, Milton L. Morris of Gillham, Arkansas, and her only sister, Judy Caroline (Morris Mills) Smith of Gillham.

Joyce was baptized member of the First United Methodist Church of Gillham, Arkansas. The Last months of her life, her spiritual needs were met by Scott O’Rear, of Quachita Hospice.

Joyce spent many years working at Turnwood’s Restaurant of De Queen as first dishwasher, Then as a grill cook. After this she worked for several years in the post yard for Weyerhaeuser. She was also a very proud and loyal employee of Bobbi and Deloye Boone, not matter what restaurant they were managing. At the end of her business career, Joyce became a business owner herself when she bought and managed Hammer and Hargis Trucking.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Hammer will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016 in the Overturf Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, with Scott O’Rear officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. All attendees are encouraged to wear a red Article of Clothing as that was Joyce’s favorite color. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Linda Lou Wormington Williamson

Mrs. Linda Lou Wormington Williamson, age 63, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, May 16, 2016 in St Vincent Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Jessie Loyd and Alice Marie Godwin Wormington in Texarkana, Arkansas, on January 3, 1953. She was a LPN, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, riding horses, and her church and church family. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 39 years, Daniel T. Williamson, Jr., She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kasi Renee Williamson, and two brothers, Wilburn Wormington, and Palmer Wormington.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel T. III, and Lucinda Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, Thomas and Kathy Williamson of Texarkana, Texas, Floyd Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, and Chase T. and Deanna Williamson of Dierks, Arkansas, a grandson, whom she raised, Garrett Taylor Williamson of Dierks, three daughters, Tamala Stinson of Dierks, Kaye and J. C. Wade of Dierks, and Mary and Louis Jones of Dierks, fifteen grandchildren, including special grandchildren, Daniel Louis “D.J.” of Dierks, and Cayden Bass and Chloe Spears both of Dierks, and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Darlene Wormington of Texarkana, Arkansas, one sister, Charlotte Vinabel of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Williamson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 21st in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. J. W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Section Cemetery near Athens, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, May 20th in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Dierks, Arkansas, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Joshua Lane Dyas

Joshua Lane Dyas, age 31, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born February 11, 1985, in De Queen. He was a carpenter and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Joshua was preceded in death by his mother, Kimberly Ann Cannon Goodwin; his grandmother, Louise Emerson and his grandfather, Charles Emerson.

He is survived by his parents, Eddie and Ronita Dyas; two brothers, John Dyas and Seth Dyas; two sisters, Shawna Savell and Terrah Pavan; his grandfather, Glen Cannon; his grandmother, Joyce Cannon; his uncles and aunts, Gwen and Julie Martz, Harold and Linda Cannon, Ricky and Peggy Cannon, Chris Cannon, Debbie and Julio Mullins, Becky and Eddie Liggin and Chasidy Emerson.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Jerry Don White

 

Wilma Lee Johnson Jewkes

Mrs. Wilma Lee Johnson Jewkes, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at her home.

She was born on September 3, 1927 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Mrs. Jewkes was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Roy and Lee Ethel Shinn Johnson, Sr.; one daughter, Betty Rolfe and one brother, Jesse Johnson, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Jewkes; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Jack and Lori Jones of Milpitis, California; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Morris Wilemon of De Queen; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Lottie Jane Morris

Lottie Jane Morris, age 86, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born March 11, 1930 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a nurse’s aide and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Annie Tidwell Morris.

She is survived by one sister, Mary B. Lewis; one brother, Floyd Morris, Sr., both of Gillham, Arkansas; one niece, Brenda Presson and husband Jim of De Queen, Arkansas; two nephews and their spouses, Floyd Morris, Jr. and wife Kim of Horatio, Arkansas, and Paul Lewis and wife Elaine of De Queen; five great nieces and nephews, Jennifer Collier, Clay Morris, Scott Hannigan, Tiffany Williamson, and Ashley Gregg.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Morris will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday May 13, 2016 in the Old New Hope Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


 

Charline Dodson Coulter

Charline Dodson Coulter, AR, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. She was born July 13, 1925, in Wright City, Oklahoma, and currently resided in Little Rock, AR. The Good Lord decided that Monday would be a great day to join the love of her life, Dick Coulter, so, that they could celebrate what was their 69th wedding anniversary.

Charline was a 40 + year resident of Daingerfield, TX, and also lived in Longview, TX, Hot Springs, AR, Lockesburg, AR, and De Queen, AR,

Charline was a survivor and full of determination in her every endeavour. She was an educator who taught in Mount Ida, AR, Hughes Springs, TX and Daingerfield, TX, for many years; she began college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, and graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce She was actively involved in the First Methodist Church of Daingerfield, Pandora Study Club and PEO.

After Dick passed away, she turned to her new partner, her computer. She wrote Poetry and Haiku, learned and joined Facebook. Her niece, Margaret, helped to her have a book of her Poetry published, a true highlight of her life. She also began painting and became quite accomplished in that talent also.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Murphy (Dick) Coulter, Jr; her son, Richard Murphy Coulter III; her parents, Charles and Thelma Dodson; her sister, Diane Dodson McGhee; her brother, Dr. C. Dwight Dodson, and her niece, Nancy Lynn Dodson Peters.

She is survived by her daughter Beth and husband, Matthew Lanagan; Grand- daughter, Betty Caraline Coulter, Great Grand-Daughter, Amelia Charline Alzada Coulter Sister in law, Nancy Allen Dodson, Brother- in- law, Terry McGhee and , Nieces & Nephews, Dana (Tom ) Dykman, Lee Ann Dodson, , Allen (Denise) Dodson, and Margaret McGhee, Jane Ellen (Jerry) LaBounty, Nancy Coulter r, Charles Mack Coulter, and Special Cousins: Ann ( Dan) Clemans, John (Donna) Coulter, Joe (Katie)Coulter and a whole tribe of great nieces and nephews’, Erin, Kim, Sarah, Daniel, Hannah, Cody, ,Gerard, Lisa,

Charline lived by the Serenity Prayer and various verses of the Bible. She loved to travel and Dick and Charline enjoyed many cruises together.


We wish to thank the staff of Hickory Heights Health and Rehabilitation for providing her care for the past few years. They kept her going and kept her involved. She made many special friends and it became a 2nd home for her.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg, AR on Saturday, May 14th at 1:30 pm, followed by a visitation in the Fellowship Building at the First Methodist Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

 

Kristie Dale McDonald

Kristie Dale McDonald, age 44, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born November 21, 1971 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a civilian contractor for the U.S. government, and a U.S. Army veteran, having served 6 years. She loved to bowl, play softball and loved all sports.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Dale Hudson, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Megan McDonald of Foreman; her mother, Mary Hudson, also of Foreman; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Michelle and Allen Oglesby of Arkinda, Arkansas, Teresa Smith of Horatio, Arkansas and Lynn and David Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas; one aunt, one uncle and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Kristie will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 in the Tom Baptist Church with Jerry Galloway officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Vernon Edgar Vaughn

Mr. Vernon Edgar Vaughn, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, May 6, 2016
in a Denison, Texas Hospital.

He was born to Daniel Robert and Nellie Mae Fondren Vaughn in Brock, Oklahoma, on October 26, 1937. He was retired Park Superintendent for Lake Murray State of Oklahoma, and a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, playing music on his guitar, gardening, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Frances Vaughn, his siblings, Walter Vaughn, Lawrence Blalock, Glenn Vaughn, and Joe Case, and his best friend, Elmo Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Vaughn of De Queen, three daughters and sons-in-law, Emma & Tim White of Sherman, Texas, Violet and Mike Miller of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Nellie Garcia of Ardmore, Oklahoma, two sons, Eddie Vaughn of Dallas, Texas, and Charles Vaughn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, three brothers and a sister-in-law, Jessie and Peggy Vaughn of Gillham, Arkansas, Elton Vaughn of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Jefferson Tom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two sisters, Sally Diaz of Aikens, South Carolina, and Ruth Tom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. Vernon Vaughn will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 10th in the Kern Heights Baptist Church, De Queen, Arkansas, with Rev. Jordan Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Monday, May 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mr. James Lee Davis

 

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

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


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


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

 

 

Mrs. Lois Marie Chandler Wray

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

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

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

Milton H. Presley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilma Nadine Taggart

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

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

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

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

 

Neva Dell Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Elizabeth Nicol Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Linda Faye Stafford Irvan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John W. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Franklyn Hibbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Janie Elizabeth Slabaugh Simpson

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cletus Verdo Brock

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilber Ray “Tuffy” Green

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glenda Nadine Smith

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Benny Alec Humphrey

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

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

He worked for the Federal Civil Service.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

 

William (Little Bill) Andrew Knighten

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Kenneth Elmer Smith, Jr.

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

Mary Maxine Frederick Rose

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joyce M. Butts Davis

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Eugene Allen "Gene" Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Bobby Abe Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruby Etta Jester Krantz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Benny Allen Collins

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

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

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

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

 

John Robert Bowman

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

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

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

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

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


 

Wilmer Jello

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Mary Susan Gallagher Blair

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Tony Wayne Kendrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Lita Michelle Hudson Baxter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donnie Ray Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bill Bryan

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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