Obituaries

Dr. William “Doc” Strube

Dr. William Joseph “Doc” Strube was born July 5, 1932 in Garvin, Oklahoma to William I. and Gussie P. (Simmons) Strube. Doc passed from this life on Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home.

He grew up in Garvin and later Idabel, Oklahoma. He was a 1951 graduate of Idabel High School and on December 20, 1952, he married the love of his life, Sue Doerner, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Doc graduated from Fresno State in California in 1957. He then went to Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1961 with a Doctorate Degree in Veterinarian Medicine. He practiced Veterinarian Medicine in Diagonal, Iowa, and then practiced in Albany, Missouri. In 1970, he moved his family to De Queen, Arkansas, where he was the head USDA Chicken Inspector at Mountaire and later, Pilgrim’s Pride, where he retired in 2001. Doc was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking, reading and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Clarence Sr., Ruben, Erlin and Ferris Strube, Mable Lada and Doris Bowling; two sons, John Strube and infant Joseph Strube; as well as, one son-in-law, Danny Carlstead.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Sue (Doerner) Strube of De Queen; one son, Mark Strube of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters, Cathy Hall and Michele Carlstead, both of De Queen; four grandchildren, Alisha Reid of Hot Springs, Courtney Reid of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Timothy and Malloree Carlstead of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, Robin Ahrens of Texarkana; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside Services for Dr. William “Doc” Strube will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bros. Delbert Stone and Bobby Fischer officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, Mrs. Sue Strube will not be in attendance at visitation. The public is welcome to attend services, but are ask to wear a face mask or covering.

Mr. Raymond Vallee

Mr. Raymond Ernest Vallee, age 73, resident of Cove, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Veteran’s Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was the youngest of eight children born to Robert Joseph and Alice Lavider Vallee on August 16, 1947 in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Raymond faithfully served his country with the United States Army, being deployed to Vietnam in 1968. After his stateside return, Raymond continued to serve with the National Guard Reserves until his retirement in the early 2000s. Raymond worked as a truck driver, working 10 years for Tyson Foods in Nashville. He also worked for Tyson Foods in Stillwell, Oklahoma, and previously cared for the Little River Country Club and Millwood State Park. He was a member of Cove First Baptist Church, where he helped with children’s ministry and served as security. He was also a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. It is said that Raymond was the “Jack of all trades.” He enjoyed spending time at the Coffee Vault and visiting the nursing home, as well as, woodworking, riding backroads, fishing and camping. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathy Sue Walker Vallee; two grandchildren, Asher and Annabelle Vallee; three brothers, Albert, Leo and Authur Vallee; and one sisters, Pearl Vallee.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Barbara Vallee of Cove; five sons, Russell Vallee of California, Timothy Quinton Stubbs, Jr., and wife Patricia of Lockesburg, Justin Ottie Stubbs of Malvern, Christopher Bryan Stubbs and wife Elizabeth of Cove, and Raymond Paul Vallee of Cove; one daughter, Jada LaPointe and husband Eric of Greenfield, Massachusetts; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Yankee Vallee and wife Ruby of De Queen, and Richard Vallee and wife Carol of Sturbridge, Massachusetts; one sister, Teresa Summer of Washington; a special sister-in-law, Brenda Lewis of Lockeburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Raymond Vallee will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. Ron Ladd officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Lorrie Ann Bends

Mrs. Lorrie Ann Bends, age 57, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 21, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 4, 1963 in Westminster, California. She was a homemaker and loved the water, camping, football and her family.

Mrs. Bends was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Densmore Bends.

She is survived by her mother, Carol Sue Bends of Golden Valley, AZ; her husband, Michael Dillon, Sr. of De Queen; two daughters, Jaylene Sue Allred of Belton, MO and Katie Dillon of Meridian, MS; four sons, Ronnie Heathman of Modesto, CA, Michael Dillon, Jr. of Springvalley, CA, Kevin Dillon of Geneva, IA and Bill Dillon of Modesto, CA; one brother, David Bends of Ontario, OR and 10 grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR. No service are scheduled.

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

Sammy Don Phillips

Sammy Don Phillips, age 65, a resident of Winnsboro, Texas died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in Tyler, Texas.

He was born March 31, 1955, in Brownfield, Texas. He was a police officer for 28 years serving the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas from 1984 to 2012. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Arlington Police Association and C.L.E.A.T. He was a man of his word, he never broke it and believed in “ My word is my bond,” and “A hand shake was a seal of a done deal.” He knew the true meaning of family and friendship; he was an honest, faithful, loving husband, father and brother.

Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his parents, S.T. and Nona Mae McRae Phillips.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline McCarthy Phillips; one brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Marlyn Phillips of De Queen, Arkansas; two daughters and sons-in-law Amy and Micah Miller of Fate, Texas; Sarah and Stephen Weiss of Canton, Georgia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Kristina Phillips of Arlington, Texas and Glenn and Courtney Elliott of Haslet, Texas; and one niece, Tina Phillips of Searcy, AR and one nephew, S.T. Phillips of Pascagoula, MS; seven grandchildren, two great nephews and other family members and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Phillips will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with James McRae officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Arlington Police Foundation, Arlingtonpolicefoundation.org or to the Disabled American Veterans, Dav.org.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Freda Jo Adair

Mrs. Freda Jo Parks Adair, age 90, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in El Dorado, Arkansas.

She was born to Benjamin Harrison and Georgia Blanch Blakemore Parks on February 24, 1930 in Mineral, Arkansas. Freda was a 1947 graduate of Gillham High School and worked for many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She married the love of her life, Althon Heuel Adair, Sr., on March 9, 1949 in De Queen. Freda enjoyed reading and writing poetry, having some of her work published. She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen and enjoyed her time at church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, yardwork, sewing and traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Althon Adair, Sr.; one daughter, Alana Faye Whisenhunt; two grandchildren, Gabriel Keith Adair and Carey Lee Elrod; one brother, D.V. Parks; and three sisters, Nita Faye Whisenhunt, Tula Mae Higgins and Pauline “Nep” Argenbright.

Freda leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Althon Heuel Adair, Jr. of El Dorado, Arkansas; two daughters, Pamela Kay Elrod and husband Richard of Hallsville, Texas, and Lisa Ann Wray of Lockesburg; eight grandchildren, Cassie, Clint, Kristy, Miranda, Bryan, Amy, Brittney and Corey; a number of great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Delter Parks of Wickes; one sister, Murl Higgins of Gillham; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Freda Adair will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 23, 2020 at Mineral Cemetery, Gillham. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Jess Mike Parson

Jess Mike Parson, age 77, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at his home.

He was born July 30, 1943, in Honey Grove, Texas. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser and was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg. He enjoyed gardening, rodeo’s, trips to Texas, and “making his rounds” to see family.

Mr. Parson was preceded in death by his parents Jess Willard and Gracie Bell Forehand Parson; his wife Patricia Jester Parson; two sons, Michael Wayne Parson and Craig Bishop Parson; two brothers, J.W. Parson and Larry Parson and one sister, Brenda Webb.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law; Gerald and Jessica Parson of Pleasant Hill, Oklahoma, Curtis and Chyan Parson of Foreman, AR and Ricky and Heather Parson of Ashdown, AR; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucy and Buddy Heath of Foreman, AR, and Jo and Phillip Hobbs of De Queen; twelve grandchildren, Maegan Cox, Antony Tollett, Morgan Stark, Dylan Hunnicutt, Jessa Bean, David Parson, Hadley Parson, Cale Parson, Morgan Parson, Coby Parson, Madison Mills and Aly Mills; fourteen great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Parson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020, at County Line Cemetery in Nashville, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing for Mr. Parson will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Donald Bruce Chaney

Don was born August 14, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and died November 14, 2020 at the age of 79 years and three months in Hot Springs, AR. He was the son of DB and Doris Monroe Chaney. Don graduated from Dierks High School, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on October 1963, retiring after 20 years of service as a weather technician. He later worked many years in a Denver, Colorado hospital.

Dons hobby was collecting model cars. He loved his family dearly, spending untold hours gathering items, giving constantly to family and friends. He believed “It is more blessed to give than receive.” He was a member of First Methodist Church, in Dierks.

He is survived by three sisters Nancy Roberts, Mary Gammill and Carolyn Griffin and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Dierks Cemetery with Dr. David Blasé officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing for Mr. Chaney will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Donald Alton Clay

Donald Alton Clay, age 97, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 15, 2020 in his home.

He was born June 25, 1923 in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He was an X-ray Technician and retired from the Federal prison system. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a medic. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid golfer and a member of the Methodist Church of Lockesburg.

Mr. Clay was preceded in death by his parents Joel Washington and Leta McKellar Clay; five brothers, Herman “Dago” Clay, J.T. Clay, L.B. Clay, Robert Henry Clay and Cecil Clay; three sisters, Nelda McPherson, Joyce Gore and Marilyn Groves.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Dixon Clay; two sons, Bill Clay and John Clay; two daughters, Linda Baker and Toni Russell; one step daughter, Pam McAnelly, two step sons, John Smith and Scott Smith and one special grandson Dalton Smith; one sister, Melba Gore and one brother, Wayne Clay and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Military Honors for Mr. Clay will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Coulter Memorial Cemetery with Terry Chapman officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Phillip Michael Blakney

Phillip Michael Blakney, age 73, a resident of Bismarck, Arkansas, died Friday, November 13, 2020 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

He was born January 11, 1947 in De Queen, Arkansas to James Warner and Mabel Humphrey Blakney. He was a Child Support Enforcement Officer, a U.S. Army veteran and a Baptist.

Mr. Blakney was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jimmye Lou Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Dillahunty Blakney, three brothers; Gary Blakney, Robin Blakney, and Glen Blakney; two sisters, Cindy Blakney and Joyce Blakney; and a number of nieces and nephews.

General viewing will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the funeral home.

Graveside funeral services, with military rites, for Mr. Blakney will be private.

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

Martha Jane McGunegill Butler

Martha Jane McGunegill Butler, age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Thursday, November 12, 2020.

She was born July 1, 1940, in Mecca, California. She was a homemaker, 2010 Artist of the year and a member of Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association.

Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edgar and Betty Lou Abernathy McGunegill; one brother, Thomas Michael McGunegill and one sister Judith Marie Collis.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years Samuel Jerry Butler; three sons, Mark Allen Butler of Horatio, Arkansas, John Tracy Butler of California and James Patrick Butler of North Carolina; four grandchildren; Christopher David Butler of Virginia, Melissa Danielle Butler of Arkansas, Nicholas Allen Butler of Arkansas and Dylan James Butler of North Carolina and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Butler will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Overturf Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Hill officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing for Mrs. Butler will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Mary Floreen Pullen

Mary Floreen Lankford Pullen, 98, of Little Rock, died November 9, 2020. She was born January 15, 1922 in McKenzie, TN to Charles Newton and Lorene Mebane Lankford. Growing up the daughter of sharecroppers during the Great Depression, when not in school Flo and her brother regularly worked the fields with their parents planting, tending, harvesting and selling the family’s share of cotton, peanut, and sweet potato crops.

Her father encouraged his children to “make something of yourself.” These words inspired her lifelong dedication to education. The day after high school graduation, Flo left home to attend a nurse’s aide program in Alabama. Upon completion she attended the University of Tennessee Nursing School, obtaining an RN degree. She then proudly joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, assigned to the care of soldiers in stateside hospitals.

After the war she earned a BS degree in Nursing Education and Public Health from Vanderbilt University. In recognition of her ambition, she was recommended for a post graduate nurse anesthetist program in New Orleans, where she earned a CRNA. She paid for this education along the way with stipends, private duty nursing, grants, teaching classes, and GI Bill.

Following these years of study Flo accepted a job at Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston. Here she met an intern and eventually married, Wayne Grey Pullen from Foreman, AR. They made their home in DeQueen, AR, worked in the local clinic and hospital, while raising a family and enjoying life in a closely knit community. After 25 years and an empty nest, their final move was to Little Rock where Wayne finished his career at the VA Medical Center before retiring.

Flo grew up in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and spent her adult life as an active member of First United Methodist Church. A woman of great faith, she had prayers and devotions clipped and tucked away in every drawer. She was a 50 year member of PEO and participated in numerous organizations through the years. She was a prolific seamstress, spending hours making clothes for herself and family. She insisted they take pride in appearance, but championed the thriftiness instilled by her humble upbringing.

Flo loved Razorback football, the Sunday newspaper, all dogs, and a good joke. She loved socializing at any chance and treasured old friends. She was resilient, disciplined, and passionate with high expectations. She always pulled for the underdog.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne and her brother, Charles Lankford. She is survived by daughter, Carol Hill, Heber Springs, AR; two sons, Scott Pullen, MD, Knoxville, TN and Bill Pullen, San Antonio, TX.; two grandchildren, Paul Hill and Allison Chiuminatto (Michael), two great-granddaughters, Leah and Madeline Chiuminatto, all of Dallas, TX.

The family expresses special appreciation to angels on earth: Denise Andres and husband, John; Seniors Serving Seniors; UAMS House Calls Program; Saline Memorial Hospice; Caretaker, Addie Bowman Carter; loyal friend, Dickie Thomasson; First United Methodist Church; and wonderful neighbors.

Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society of Pulaski County 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72210, www.warmhearts.org, or First United Methodist Church for the Butler Child Development Center, 723 Center Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. Online guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com.

Richard Minor “Ricky” Athey

Richard Minor “Ricky” Athey, age 72, a resident of Little River Club, Arkansas died Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Falls Chapel.

He was born August 30, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired from Domtar and was a master plumber. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, and working in his garden.

Mr. Athey was preceded in death by his parents James Richard and Zella Slaton Athey.

He is survived by his wife Sandi Loden Athey; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Chad Withers of Benton, AR, Rebecca and Kennedy Young of Lockesburg, AR and Liz and Luke Power of De Queen, AR; one brother and sister-in-law Muggs and LeeEllen Athey of Bossier City, LA and one sister and brother-in-law, Jimmy Lynn and Mike Huskey of De Queen, AR and “Poppy” to six grandchildren; Leighton Withers, Carson Withers, Braden Young, Griffin Young, Macy Young and Sam Power and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Athey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Belleville Cemetery with John Lindsey officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to service time.

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

Mrs. Verlon Pressley

Mrs. Verlon Ellen Holland Pressley, age 87, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, November 9, 2020, in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born to Bill and Mary Holland on March 23, 1933 in Mena, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Alvie Clermon Pressley, on December 12, 1970 in De Queen. She was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church in De Queen and worked for Weyerhaeuser Company. Verlon worked in the Post Mill at the treating plant in De Queen. She enjoyed fishing, reading, crocheting baby blankets and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 44 years, Alvie Pressley; four children, Benny Wilcox, Beverly Carter, Charles Wilcox and Gladys Wright; and three sisters, Doris Smith, Myrtle Cox and Rosa Dilbeck.

She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Carter and husband Leon, and Patty Bradshaw and husband David; two brothers, Ervin Holland, and Bill Holland and wife Mary; three sisters, Ruby Henery and husband Carl, Linda Rosson and husband Hollis, and Carolyn Jones and husband Billy; as well as, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Verlon Pressley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 12, 2020 at West Otis Cemetery, Horatio. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Viewing will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Rickie Paul Walker

Rickie Paul Walker, age 70, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Sunday, November 8, 2020, at his home.

He was born June 30, 1950 in Muse, Oklahoma. He was a retired rancher and truck driver.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents Rev. J. L. and Thelma Simmons Walker; two brothers Rufus Walker and Donnie Ray Walker.

He is survived by one brother and a sister-in-law, Ronnie and Donna Walker of Horatio and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Debbie Brotherton of De Queen and Judy and Jim Wilson of Rayne, Louisiana and one sister-in-law, Mildred Walker of Horatio, his step mother, Irma Walker of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Per Rickie’s request there will be no services.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen, AR.

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

Windle Peek

Windle Peek, age 79, passed away November 4, 2020 at his home in the Goodwater, OK Community. He was born November 21, 1940 at Goodwater, OK.

He served in the U.S. Army for 3 years and returned to Goodwater becoming a lifelong resident, raising his family there.

Windle worked for Weyerhaeuser/TO&E Railroad as a welder/supervisor for 40 years as well as running a cattle ranch. After he retired, he dedicated his time and energy into keeping the cattle ranch up and running. If neighbors needed help with anything, Windle was the one they called, because whatever the reason was, they knew Windle would know how to help them. He was wealth of knowledge. Windle was a strong loving man who loved his family and taught them strength, honesty, and the knowledge to face life’s challenges and to love the land.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorene Peek; two sisters, Sandra Peek and Margie White; and a brother, James Peek.

Windle is survived by his father, Ray Peek of Goodwater; sisters Gail Blythe of Goodwater and Pat Dunlap of Winnsboro, TX.; his daughter, Wendy Rawls and husband, Robert; a son, Jerry Peek and wife, Melissa, all of the Goodwater Community; grandchildren, Kayla Black, of Horatio, AR., Lakyn Farren and husband, David of the Shinewell Community, Jerrod Peek and wife, Jandy of Goodwater, Rachel Smith and husband, Cody of Bristow, OK, Trysten Rawls and wife, Jody of Goodwater; great-grandchildren, Jagger & Dallas Farren, Brooke and Brayden Smith, Jed and July Peek; an aunt, Mary Bryant of Haworth, OK; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and  many friends.

A memorial celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the White Family Chapel with Bro Mark Davidson officiating.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.whitefamilyfh.com.

Charles Leroy Stewart

Charles Leroy Stewart, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in his home.

He was born October 20, 1944 in Arkinda, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Marines, was retired from Husqvarna and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen. He loved fishing and enjoyed mowing his yard.

Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Lena Dollarhide Stewart and his wife Sharon Stewart, two brothers, George Stewart and Walter Jr. Stewart and one sister, Dorothy Stewart.

He is survived by one son, Michael Stewart of Lawrence, Kansas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Andrea and Micah Frazier of Broken Bow, OK, Brenda and James Alexander of De Queen and Susan Freeman of De Queen; one brother, Gene Stewart of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, Katie Jo, Taran, Brooklyn, Christian, Hunter, Shiney, Hope and Chance; one great-granddaughter Charlie and a number of nieces and nephews.

General viewing for Mr. Stewart will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Dorothy Margaret Williams

Dorothy Margaret Grimes Williams, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

She was born July 21, 1934, in Sandersville Georgia. She was a retired teacher and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents Buford and Eunice Shephard Grimes and her husband Hubert Thomas Williams, Sr.,

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Liz and Terrel Gore of Kankakee, Illinois and Sharon and Levi Pigeon of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law Tommy and Kelly Williams of De Queen, five grandchildren, Stacey Jarboe, Jill Campbell, Lacey Young, Kimberly Martin and Trey Williams; 11 greatgrandchildren, Bryson and Tyler Jarboe, Bradi, Presli, Harper and Hank Young, Emme, Lila and Silas Martin, Zayden and Sawyer Williams and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Williams will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 5, 2020, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Micah Martin officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Charles Randy Hall

Mr. Charles Randy Hall, age 71, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at his home with family by his side.

He was born to Guy Randolph and Frances Imagene Story Hall on May 31, 1949 in De Queen, Arkansas. Randy was a 1968 graduate of De Queen High School and received a welding degree from the college in Hope. He worked for De Queen Sand and Gravel, worked more than 20 years as ranch foreman for Bear Creek Ranch, founded Hall Farms in August of 1980, and was a part-time truck driver for Tri-Lakes Services. Randy married the love of his life, Linda Mae Friend, on May 31, 1968 in Dierks, Arkansas. She and Randy are members of the De Queen Church of Christ. He enjoyed deer and elk hunting, working and spending time at his farm, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Russell Wayne Hall; and one sister, Elaine Melvin.

Randy leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Hall of Lockesburg; two sons, Michael Hall and wife Sandra of Arkadelphia, and Gary Hall and wife Christine of De Queen; one daughter, Rosanne Ramirez and husband Rafael Ramirez of De Queen; five grandchildren, Michael Hall, Jr. and wife Breanna, Coleton Hall, Seth Tollett, Tessa Tollett, and Miranda Pence and husband Kody; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Elias and husband Chad, and Betty Tollett and husband Lovell; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friend.

Funeral Services for Mr. Randy Hall will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, November 6, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Duane Alspaw and Rodger Neeley officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Jimmy Lee Woodall

Jimmy Lee Woodall, age 72, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in his home.

He was born August 6, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, was a retired carpenter and was retired from maintenance at Arkansas Christopher Homes. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Mr. Woodall was preceded in death by his mother Maudie Collum Irvan and two brothers E.L. Irvan and William Irvan.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Mary Jane Woodall; two daughters and a son-in-law, Shawn Nickerson and Shannon and Joel France all Horatio, one son, David Nickerson Jr. of De Queen; 4 grandchildren, Christopher and wife Renee Hill of Ashdown, Arkansas, Hannah France of Ruston, Louisiana, Brittany Rogers of Horatio and Skye Nickerson of De Queen, 1 great grandson, Konner Hill of Hooks, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews and special friend, Dwight Murphy of Horatio.

Graveside services for Mr. Woodall will be held at 1:00p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020 at Clear Creek Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Mrs. Martha Miller

Mrs. Martha Mae Burkhart Miller, age 75, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at her home.

Martha was born to Fred and Lexie McMillen Burkhart on March 20, 1945 in Mena, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Ralph Wayne Miller, on May 1, 1964 in Vandervoort, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of Old Center Holiness Church in Horatio. Martha often attended services at the Rose Hill Gospel Mission in De Queen, as well. she enjoyed going to church, keeping up with her friends and making her rounds in De Queen, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents;; her loving husband of over 49 years, Ralph Miller; and a niece, Amy.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four nephews and their spouses, Keith Renfroe and wife Linda, Ronald Renfroe and wife Elizabeth, Kenny Pearce and wife Katherine, and Brent Pearce and wife Samantha; one niece, Stacy Braniff and husband Mike; two sisters-in-law, Lois Renfroe and Medene Pearce; other family members, Della and Sterling Daniel of De Queen; special friend, Judy Cowling of Horatio; as well as, her church family and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Miller will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Billy Don Weeks and Wes Wakley officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Tobitha Centilla Gill

Mrs. Tobitha Centilla Bailey Gill, age 82, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born to James Macon “Jim” and Roxie Ann Nash Bailey on June 25, 1938 in DeRidder, Louisiana. She was a CNA, spending around 30 years working in nursing homes in Louisana and Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dewey Elmo Gill, on February 13, 1971 in DeRidder. She enjoyed fishing, flowers, gardening, was an avid Loretta Lynn fan, and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Dewey E. Gill; one daughter, Mary Hayes Bernudez; and six sons, Robert Bailey, Danny, Vonnie, Kenneth, Steve and Tony Gill.

She leaves to cherish her memory, six daughters and two sons-in-law, Jackie and Michael Talent of De Queen, Debra and Robert Bebee, Joy Etcheson, Judy Williams, DeLoris Cromp, all of Rosepine, Lousiana, and Teresa Jones of Jena, Louisiana; four sons and two daughters-in-law, James Lowe of Rosepine, Louisiana, Edward Lowe of Oakdale, Lousiana, Leonard and Barbara Lowe of Laffeyette, Lousiana, and Dallas and Sonya Hayes of Amber, Oklahoma; one sister, Mag Perkins of DeRidder, Louisiana; 31 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; a special friends she thought of as a daughter, Bessie Bailey of Horatio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Tobitha Gill will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, with Chaplain Rufus Robinson, officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Donna Kay Caswell

Donna Kay Golden Caswell age 65 a resident of Gillham, Arkansas left this earth on October 26, 2020. She was born in Silverton, Texas on November 22, 1954 to the late Albert and late Floyce Pate Golden of Athens, Arkansas.

She is survived by her three children, Lori Ann Caswell Cary of Lockesburg, AR, Mark Andrew Caswell of Gillham, AR and Jennifer Lynn Caswell Glasgow and her spouse Alan Glasgow of Central, AR; eight grandchildren whom she loved to pieces; Kayla, Codey and Kyle Cary, Jade Goss, Molly and Parker Caswell and Harley and Mia Glasgow; four sisters Lavern Smith of Mena, AR, Anna Mathews of Watson, Oklahoma, Kathy and Ike Sigman of Centerpoint, AR and Marlene Bailey of Cove, AR, one brother Allen Ray Golden of Lockesburg, AR; her nieces and nephews Tammy Perison of Amarillo, TX, David Smith of Mena, AR. A special nephew Ricky Garcia of De Queen and special friend Leana Hensley of Lockesburg, AR.

She is preceded in death by her husband Clarence Butch Caswell, her parents Albert and Floyce Golden, two sisters, Hazel Webb of Amarillo, Texas and Marvell Garcia of De Queen and one brother Randal Golden.

Donna Kay enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved to hunt and she loved to go fishing. She also enjoyed taking care of her sister Kathy. She was ready to be with her Lord and Savior. Donna was loved by all and will tremendously be missed.

Graveside services are Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Athens Cemetery, in Athens, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Mr. Joe Stafford

Mr. Joe Thomas Stafford, age 80, resident of the West Otis Community of Sevier County, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, October 23, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was the youngest of six sons born to James Samuel and Bertha May Chandler Stafford on March 6, 1940 in West Otis. He married the love of his life, Nancy Mae Black, on May 27, 1960 in Horatio. To this union, four children were born. Joe worked in several capacities during his life, including the Treating Plant in De Queen and Cement Plant at Foreman, but his joy came in Agriculture. Joe enjoyed his time spent at the farm with Nancy, their children and grandchildren, as well as, deer hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Stafford; two great-grandchildren, Hiedi Smith and Blake Williams; and four brothers, Cecil, Curtis, Jack and Willis “Bump” Stafford.

Joe leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 60 years, Nancy Stafford of Horatio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Rick Williams, and Jolene and Preston Smith, all of Horatio; one son and daughter-in-law, Cliffton and Andrea Stafford of Horatio; eight grandchildren, Matt (Destinee), Stephen (Ashley), Alicia, Will, Wes (Paige), Katherine, Kaitlin and Connor; seven great-grandchildren, Harper, Kaiden, Gerrick, Tucker, Saprina, Jet and Haven; one brother, Luke Stafford of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Joe Stafford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, October 26, 2020 at the West Otis Cemetery, with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating.   Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Mr. Freeman O’Neal

Mr. Freeman O’Neal, age 82, resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at a local hospital.

He was born to Asa Clemon and Era Amie Freeman O’Neal on March 26, 1938 in Cotton Port, Louisiana. Freeman was a Texarkana High School graduate and custom home builder. He owned and operated O’Neal Custom Built Homes for more than ten years. He formerly attended First Baptist Church of Texarkana and Gillham, and most recently, De Queen First Assembly of God. He was a pilot and enjoyed time spent flying around. When he was not flying, Freeman sometimes liked to fish and cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a number of brothers and sisters.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Shane O’Neal of Gillham; three grandchildren, Kristi Stephens and husband Chris of Texarkana, Jennifer O’Neal of Conway, and Natalie O’Neal of Gillham; two great-grandchildren, Cael and Kinley; two sisters, Wanda Sartwelle and Mertha Crowson, both of Gillham; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Freeman O’Neal will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Texarkana, Arkansas, with Bro. Bob McManus officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Alicia “Ricky” Bell

Ms. Alicia Carlotta “Ricky” Bell, age 73, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, October 19, 2020, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Theo Bond and Thelma Marie Clardy Bell on April 11, 1947 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She joined Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church at an early age. She was a 1965 graduate of Sevier County High School. After graduation, Ricky worked at Dierks Lumber and for Patsy Cook at Hobnob Café in De Queen. She worked eight years as a Nurse’s Aide at the De Queen Medical Center and in August 1976, she began taking classes with Cossatot College Nursing Program. She graduated in July 1977 as a LPN and returned to De Queen Medical Center. Later, Ricky worked in several nursing homes and served 11 years as the Occupational Nurse for Tyson Foods. She truly loved caring for people. She enjoyed watching television, especially the Hallmark Channel, and playing scratch-offs, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and family.

Ricky was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Tukai Leeper; and two sisters, Edna June Lampkin and Crystal Bell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and LeBetha Patterson, and Ceaser “Packy” and Debbie Jones, all of Provo; two daughters and sons-in-law, Renata and Michael Sanders of Little Rock, and Leslie “Nikki” and Steven McGary of Texarkana; 16 grandchildren, Tifani, Elisha, Jalon, Braxton, Brennan, Bryson, Lenny, Sadie, Steven, John David, Shannon, Brittany, Brittini, Danielle, Dante and Ayden; 13 great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Skip and Barbara Bell, Billy Bell, Theo and Marilyn Bell, and Steven and Carolyn Bell; three sisters and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Tommy Halsell, Bonnie Bell and Angela Bell; special loved ones, TJ “Popa” Bell, April Lampkin and Kathy Thrash; as well as, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Ricky Bell will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Mary Ellen Moore Wake

Mary Ellen Moore Wake, age 96, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in her home.

She was born June 15, 1924 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. She and her husband Virgil were owners/operators of a grocery store in Lockesburg. She was an avid outdoors enthusiast and loved fishing, picking berries and spending time at Russell’s Deer Camp.

Mrs. Wake was preceded in death by her parents John and Bessie Sweden Moore, her husband Virgil Wake; one grandson, Russell Lynn Smith, two sisters, Lena Mae Kibby and Nelma Hester.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Wake of Lockesburg and Russell Wake of Ashdown, Arkansas; three daughters, Linda Smith of Holdenville, OK, Libby Wake and Brenda Wake both of Lockesburg, one sister, Johney Wingo of Holdenville, OK and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Wake will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020 in the Lockesburg Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen, Arkansas.

General viewing will be held from noon until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22nd at the Funeral home in De Queen.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to George Dillard for being an extraordinary friend to her for many years.

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

Mae Rene Hendrix Reese

Mae Rene Hendrix Reese, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born January 5, 1946 in Rosston, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, enjoyed working in her yard and garden, was a foster grandparent at the De Queen ABC Pre-school and a volunteer at the food banks in De Queen and Horatio.

Mrs. Reese was preceded in death by her parents, Hollis and Loraine Almond Hendrix; husband George Willie Reese, Jr. and one brother, Le Roy Hendrix.

She is survived by two sons, Shannon and his wife Cheryl Fielding and Mark Fielding all of Horatio, Arkansas; two daughters, Sherry and husband Tony Dinger of De Queen and Carla Lawrence of Texarkana, Texas; one sister, Mary Lee Matthews of Maud, Texas; ten grand-children and their spouses, Garrett Fielding, Laken and Dustin Plunk, Falon and Daniel Johnson, Marley Fielding, Jason and Stacia Cranford, Kelsey and Lane Gunckel, Tabitha Steiner, Amanda and Richard Carrell, Samantha and Brandon Cowen, Kati Brinkley and 18 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Reese will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 355 Strawberry Hill Road De Queen, Arkansas with a potluck following the service.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Shirley Frances Lancaster May

Shirley Frances Lancaster May stepped into Glory on September 29th 2020. Shirley was born on November 14th, 1940 in Camden AR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe May; two sons, Kenny May and Keith May; her mother and father, Neil and Louella Lancaster; and two brothers Lester Lancaster and Danny Lancaster.

She leaves behind three daughters and sons in-law, Jo and Duck Gauldin of Foreman, AR, Marybeth and Jamie Heath of Foreman, AR and Laurie and Jim Melton of De Queen AR; two daughters in-law, Corene May and Barbara May of De Queen, AR; grandchildren Carrie and Brian Fischer, Michael and Kami Carter, Keith May, Kyle May, Aaron May. BJ and Crystal Melton, Brandon and Brandy Melton, Cody and Amanda Heath, Daniel and Angela Heath; 17 great grandchildren; 2 nieces, Trina Munn of Emerson AR and Angie and Matt Brown of El Dorado, AR; two nephews Mike and Kathryn Lancaster of Magnolia AR and Chalk and Melissa Lancaster of New Orleans LA.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020, at Morris Cemetery with Charles Hawley officiating.

Billie Jo Brock

Billie Jo (Smith) Brock, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, October 9, 2020, at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born November 28, 1936 in Centerpoint, Arkansas to Samuel and Clara (Manley) Smith. She was a retired from the Dierks School District, she enjoyed sewing and was a member of the Newhope Freewill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Gregory Brock and Billy Wayne Brock and one brother, James Smith.

She is survived by her husband Bobby Brock; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and David Kitchens and Melissa “Missy” and Justin Smith all of Dierks; eight grandchildren, Zachary Kitchens, Katee and husband Sawyer Kesterson, Baylee Kitchens, Hanna Sharp, Dillon and wife Nicole Sharp, Vanessa and husband Eric Rundel, Quinton and wife Charli Smith and Triston Smith; seven great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brock will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2020 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Scott Vaughn and Henry Bateman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Highway 369 near Nashville, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Kelsey Ray Johnson

Kelsey Ray Johnson, age 70, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Saturday, October 3, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family.

He was born July 18, 1950 in Smackover, Arkansas. He was a retired mounted patrol inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and loved hunting, roping and riding horses, and was a member of Crosspoint Cowboy Church.

He was a skilled horseman and has made countless friendships over the years. He especially enjoyed teaching younger generations roping and riding.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Leola Frances Ray Johnson; a granddaughter, Jenna Beth Johnson; and great granddaughter, Abigail Grace Shuler.

He is survived by his wife Diane Lynn Houser Johnson; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Tate Mitchell of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Tina Johnson of Nashville; three granddaughters, Jaycie Johnson, Jadyn Johnson and Cheyanna Shuler; one grandson, C.J. Bryant; two sisters, Shirley Nutt of Ozan, Arkansas and Marcille Dallas of Nashville; two brothers, Spud Johnson of Ashdown, Arkansas and Frankie Johnson of Frog Level, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and a “Come rope with Kelsey one last time” will be held at Crosspoint Cowboy Church Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. with roping to follow at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crosspoint Cowboy Church Arena Fund, 2740 U.S. 371, Mineral Springs, Arkansas 71851

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Mr. Charles Keels, Sr.

Mr. Charles Keels, Sr., age 74, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his home.

He was born to William Nelson and Ezzie Keels Green on May 21, 1946 in Ozan, Arkansas. Charles was a 1964 graduate of Childress High School in Nashville, Arkansas went on to obtain his electrical license. Charles enlisted with the United States Army and faithfully served his country for two years until his honorable discharge. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Whitfield, on November 27, 1967 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. To this union, one son was born. He was a member of New View Church of Christ in Center Point, Arkansas. He was a Master Electrician, working 30 years for Southwest REA and operating Keels Electric in De Queen. Charles was a Mason and enjoyed fishing, hunting and attending the Gamble Family Reunion, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chester Keels; and one niece, Brenda Nelson Gullett.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 52 years, Evelyn Keels of De Queen; one son, Charles Keels, Jr. of Killeen, Texas; five grandchildren, Chris, Charles, III, TreShaun, Tyron and Jayden; two great-grandchildren, CJ and Ky’Loun; one sister, Thelma Darnell-Livingston of Akron, Ohio; one step-sister, Luvenia Bearden of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, special cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Keels, Sr. will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel will Bro. Romillious Scroggins, Eulogist, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Center Point Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Cheryl Higgins

Mrs. Cheryl Louise Neeley Higgins, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, October 1, 2020 in Christus St. Michael Hospital.

She was born on August 23, 1947 in De Queen, Arkansas.  Cheryl was a 1965 graduate of De Queen High School and attended college in Texarkana.  She married the love of her life, Don Higgins in De Queen, Arkansas on September 2, 1967, and to this marriage a son and two daughters were born.  Cheryl worked for35 years at First State Bank of De Queen.  She loved her Lord and was a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen, where she worked with the Church of Christ Food Pantry, as well as the Ladies Group.

She enjoyed reading, watching NCIS, was an avid Elvis Presley fan, and enjoyed being outside with her dogs and flowers.  Most of all, Cheryl loved her family, and she adored her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Olen Neeley, and her mother, Merle Renfrow.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 53 years, Don Higgins of De Queen, a son, Matt Higgins of Hot Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Chet Pinkerton of Newport, Arkansas, and Susan and Mike Bishop of Fort Smith, Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Randy Gore of De Queen, her four grandchildren, Althea Bishop. Cassidy Bishop, John Allen, and Clay Allen; two aunts, Joyce Pickens of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Juannelle Gage of De Queen, Arkansas, as well as a niece, cousins, her church family, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Cheryl Higgins will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 5, 2020, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating.  Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.  Visitation will be on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.   You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.  Please Follow guidelines for social distancing.

Thomas Olen Whisenhunt

Thomas Olen Whisenhunt, age 66, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at his home.

He was born May 15, 1954, in Huntington, Indiana. He was a 1972 graduate of Dierks High School. He retired after 46 years from Weyerhaeuser in Dierks and member of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mr. Whisenhunt was preceded in death by his parents Buford Olen and Oleta Burt Whisenhunt, one sister Lou Cox and one granddaughter Heavenlea Harris.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Lena Ruth O’Banion Whisenhunt; two sons and daughters-in-law Chris and Jessica Whisenhunt of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Steve and Denise Whisenhunt of Delight, Arkansas; one daughter, Dana Danese Harris of De Queen, daughter-in-law Narissa Mounts of Hot Springs; Papaw to twelve grandchildren, Emily, Cole, Becca, Aubrie, Haelea, Graci, Kadee, Dylan, Teagan, Charlee, Elaina, Benjamin and one great granddaughter, Harley Mae, one sister, Jo Whisenhunt, two brothers, Glen Burt and Bobby Whisenhunt and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Whisenhunt will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 5, 2020, at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Eason officiating.
A private family burial will follow at Potts Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.

General viewing for Mr. Whisenhunt will be held Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Dierks.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Snider

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Snider, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at her home.

She was born January 22, 1952, in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Snider graduated from De Queen High School in 1970. She worked for De Queen Bee for many years and was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride. She enjoyed reading, bowling and traveling.

Mrs. Snider was preceded in death by her parents Dorsey Edward and Mary Lou Fuller Betts and one brother David Edward Betts.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Glenn Snider of De Queen; one sister Martha Luellen Russell of Texarkana, Texas, one brother, Michael Allen Betts of Houston, Texas and several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Scott Sullivan officiating. Burial will be held at Cache Cemetery in Cache, Oklahoma.

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

William Keith Alexander

William Keith Alexander, 51, of Horatio, passed away Sunday, August 2nd, after a brief bout with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Earl and Mary Louise Alexander, brother, Samuel Gipson Alexander, and sister Katherine Alexander.

He is survived by one son, Caleb Alexander; brothers, Thurman Alexander of Horatio, Thomas Alexander and Karen of Lockesburg, James Alexander and Brenda of De Queen,  Allan Hunt of Eagletown, OK and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the West Otis Cemetery on Hwy 24 West of Horatio.

Wayland McCormick

Alfus Wayland (Little Man) Pap-Paw McCormick, age 80, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died September 29, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born February 17, 1940, in Moon, Oklahoma. He began his career with Lane Poultry on December 1, 1960 and joined the Tyson team in 1986, he worked and supervised several departments of the plant. He retired from Tyson Foods in Grannis and Allied Security, he was a member of the Nazarene Church in Wickes, Arkansas. Wayland enjoyed listening to music, going fishing, hunting on his lease, riding his side by side, spending time with his family and friends.

Wayland was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Elmer and Georgia Nell England McCormick; one sister, La Faye Tadlock; one grandson, Jonathan Ashcraft and one granddaughter, Samantha Huff.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda McCormick; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Evelyn McCormick of Grannis, Kenny and Catherine McCormick of Grannis; one sister, Vanell Smith of Jal, New Mexico; four grandchildren, Michael McCormick, Kenneth McCormick of Grannis, Elizabeth Massey of Glenwood, Arkansas, Erica Ashcraft of Wickes; thirteen great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral services for Wayland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Crystal Hill Cemetery, with Bro. David Baker and Bro. George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, of De Queen.

General viewing will be held Friday, October 2, 2020, from 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Manuel Angel Ledezma Hernandez

Mr. Manuel Angel Ledezma Hernandez, age 67, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, September 28, 2020, at his home.

He was born to Antonio Ledezma Gonzalez and Margarita Hernandez Rascon on January 21, 1953 in Estacion Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Natividad Sigala Ortega, on November 17, 1972 in Mexico. To this union, four daughters were born. He was a Carpenter and enjoyed listening to music, working and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Manuel is survived by his loving wife of over 47 years, Natividad, of De Queen; four daughters and sons-in-law, Myrna (Ruben) Ramirez of De Queen, Claudia Ledezma of Mexico, Dively (Oscar) Hernandez of Little Elm, Texas, and Lizeth (Jose Ceballos) Hernandez of Mexico; eight grandchildren, Ruben, David and Alan Ramirez, Melanie and Alexa Hernandez, and Christian, Alex and Brenda Ceballos; six great-grandchildren, Abigail, Chelsea and Sophia Ramirez, and Isabell, Nathan and Kimberly Ceballos; three great-great-grandchildren, Cristian, Alex and Areli Vera; four sisters and one brother; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Services will be held with burial following in Mexico. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ivalyne Murphy

Mrs. Ivalyne Crisp McBay Fisk Murphy, age 98, resident of Malvern, Arkansas, and former resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at CHI St. Vincent, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born to James Cullie and Amanda Mae Campbell Crisp on December 3, 1921 in Howard County, Arkansas. She married Daniel McBay on January 7, 1938, and to this union, eight children were born. After the passing of Daniel in 1970, Ivalyne married Nelson Fisk in 1976 and Oren Murphy in 2008. Ivalyne began working for Weyerhaeuser Company in Dierks around 1971 until her retirement in the ‘80s. During her time at Weyerhaeuser, she worked in many capacities but mainly as a machine operator. She attended church at Anchor Baptist Church in Brown Springs, Arkansas and enjoyed attending yard sales, estate sales and auctions. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, traveling and quilt-making, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Daniel McBay, Nelson Fisk and Oren Murphy; brothers, Charles, Kalton, Clyde, Calvin, George and Tonnie Crisp; and her sisters, Gertie Lee Couch and Genny Sue Carpenter.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, James (Bess Ann) McBay of Pittsboro, Indiana, Daniel (Jean) McBay of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Karry (Judy) McBay of Malvern, Arkansas, and Jay Dee (Donna) McBay of Hot Springs, Arkansas; four daughters and son-in-law, Ruby Nelson of Texarkana, Arkansas, Judy Lane of Decatur, Arkansas, Pat (Harold) Bourne of Indianapolis, Indiana and Phyllis Nabors of Texarkana, Arkansas; thirty grandchildren, forty-nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, J.T. Crisp of Nashville, Arkansas, Wayne Crisp and Hansford Crisp, both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Linda Faye Spanhanks of Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ivalyne Murphy will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Caleb Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Bluff Springs Cemetery, Howard County, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M., to Noon, Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Virginia Stark

Virginia Gordivilla Stark, age 71 , a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Hope, Arkansas.

She was born November 22, 1948, in the Philippines. She was a homemaker, a member of the Gillham Baptist Church and loved her dogs and gardening.

Mrs. Stark was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Stark.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Stark will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2020 in the Gillham Cemetery with Cole Lancaster officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

General viewing will be held Monday, September 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

Joe Koelzer

Joe Koelzer passed away Tuesday night Sept. 22, 2020, at the age of 81.  A memorial service will be 1:30 P.M. Friday Oct. 2, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Marshall officiating.  Private inurnment will be at a later date at Waco Memorial Park.

Mr. Koelzer was born July 6, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas, the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Block) Koelzer where he graduated from high school. He served his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force and received several decorations and commendations.  He served twenty years as a heavy equipment operator with the Air Force.  Following his military service, Joe was employed by UPS for twenty years as a truck driver, retiring in 1999.  During his tenure there, Joe was awarded the safe driver award.

During his life, he enjoyed traveling and working in his yard.  He also enjoyed the C.B. Radio under the handle of “Plowboy”

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Sarah Trebon and Virginia Eckstein

Survivors include his wife of twenty-nine years, Zava; a son Joseph Koelzer, Jr.and wife Betsy; two step sons, John Hill, Jr. and wife Sandy, Andrew Hill and wife Amanda; three step daughters, Katherine Roberts and husband Mike, Sherri Tate, Dolly Powell and husband Darrell; a brother, Phill Koelzer;  many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The family expresses there sincere appreciation to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospice.  It is for that reason, they have suggested Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospice for memorial contributions in lieu of flowers.

Troy Lee Stephens, Jr.

Troy Lee Stephens, Jr., age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, September 19, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born March 10, 1951 in Texarkana, Texas. He was a carpenter, a former Texarkana Police officer, and served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam.

Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Troy Lee Stephens, Sr. and Johnie Ashley Stephens.

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa King Stephens of De Queen; two sons, Troy Louis Stephens of Texas and Clay Stephens of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter, Amanda Stephens of Wyoming and one step-daughter, Leslie Cortes; one step-son, Dustin Loving of De Queen; two sisters, Deloris Coe of Texarkana, Arkansas and Zoe Majerowsky of Cheektowaga, New York; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Wallace Edgar officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Kenneth Wayne “Dink” Gentry

Kenneth Wayne “Dink” Gentry, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at his home.

He was born July 21, 1942 in De Queen. He operated Gentry’s Trading Post for over 60 years, he was a car dealer and enjoyed trading watches and pocket knives.

Mr. Gentry was preceded in death by his parents, Earn and Maggie Mae Shaw Gentry; and his wife, DeLois Bailey Gentry.

He is survived by two sons and their spouses, Bud and Misty Gentry and Jimmy Ray and Shelly Gentry, all of De Queen; one sister, Sue Bailey; five grandchildren, Trey Gentry and his fiancé Bailey of De Queen, Trent Gentry and Raven Havens of De Queen, Halley Gentry of De Queen, Ashley Sharp of Fayetteville, and Cassady Sharp of De Queen; one great grandson, Tripp Gentry; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Gentry will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. John Henry Williams and Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

General viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26th at the funeral home.

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

Thomas “Warren” Wilson

Thomas “Warren” Wilson, age 96, resident of Tyler Texas and formerly of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 with his grandson, Darren Van Meter by his side.

Warren was born to William Henry Wilson and Eva Lee Wilson on June 22, 1924. He served in
the US Army during WWII with the military police, and then a Tailgunner on B29’s, while
stationed in the South Pacific with the 315 Bomb Squad. He was honorably discharged in
December of 1946. He worked for the US Postal Service from January 1947, until his retirement in 1979.  During his retirement, Warren stayed busy serving and doing for others. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tyler Tx. He loved his church and volunteering there. He was also passionate about and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and the Salvation Army. He loved gardening, could grow just about anything, and there was not a thing he couldn’t fix. He was a man with many talents, a heart of gold and was highly respected, and loved dearly by his family. Warren had a heart for serving and caring for others and did so until the week before his death.

During his retirement, he and his wife Nobie were primary caregivers for her daughter, Patricia, while raising her 2 sons, Darren and Theron, as his own. He cared for Nobie until her death in 2012, and was caring for a special friend, Mary Lou Bourns until his recent illness and death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters; Helen Kent, Ortha Mae Cooper, Lucille Ray, a brother Mansel Wilson, his wife of 40 years, Nobie Martin Wilson, her daughter, Patricia Van Meter, grandson’s Kevin Van Meter, Parks Johnson, and a daughter in law, Janet Lowrey.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his sister Carol Wilson Morrison, a son, Richard “Rick” Wilson and wife Donna, 2 step son’s Larry Farquar and wife Patricia, and Ronald Lowrey. Grandchildren; Bradford Wilson (Vickie), Darren Van Meter (Joanne), Theron Van Meter, Trent Johnson, Carol Wade (Ron), Rhonda Burton (Mike), Sandy Huntsberger, Leah Harper (Joey), and Brett Lowrey. Great grandchildren include Corbin, Tyler, Logan, Jake and James Wilson, Kelsey Wade, Tyler and Reagan Burton, Thomas “Tommy” Van Meter, Carrie VanMeter, Brittney Van Meter, Callie Miller, Morgan Miller, Blake Lowrey (Marley), Alec Lowrey, Ashley Coleman, Grayson Coleman, and Austin O’Rand (Jordan). 3 Great, great grandchildren, Carson Coleman, Dallis O’Rand, Brighton Bowie, Charli Williams, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog,  Tiger.

Services to remember Warren and his life will be held Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 pm at St. Paul Methodist Church, 215 S Clayton Ave. Tyler, TX. Graveside services in De Queen, AR will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, St. Paul Methodist Church, or Meals on Wheels in Tyler, TX.

Rita Faye Blue Ward

Rita Faye Blue Ward, age 52, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, September 17, 2020, at her home.

She was born July 22, 1968, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks, Arkansas. Mrs. Ward enjoyed going to thrift stores, attending church and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents Roy Wayman and Eva Ina Alexander Blue; two brothers Rodney Blue and Danny Jo Blue and two sisters Debbie Johnson and Margaret Ann Blue.

She is survived by her husband Jimmy Ward, one son and daughter-in-law Wayman and Virginia Ward of Dierks, one daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Sam Willis of Dierks; three stepchildren and their spouses; Nikki and Billy Pate of Kirby, Arkansas, James Ward of Dierks, DJ and Chris Keith of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, six grandchildren and six step grandchildren, one sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Randall Frazier of Antlers, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces, nephews and relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ward will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2020, at the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Andy Arnold officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.

General viewing for Mrs. Ward will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Tommy Kyle Klitz

Tommy Kyle Klitz, of Horatio Arkansas, died on September 16, 2020. He is preceded in death by his son Alex Michael Klitz, his step-father James Chandler. He is survived by his wife, Faith Pumphrey Klitz, his mother Priscilla Chandler, his children Zak Klitz and Renee Burnard, and four grand children Audrey, Abel , Aizen, and Isabel , three sisters Karen Bailey, Tricey Klitz, and Keri Klitz.

Tommy was every kid’s hero and every man’s friend. He lived for the simpler things in life and shared his joy beyond measure. With a life-long career in the oil field, Tommy worked off-shore in the gulf coast and overseas.

Services will be held graveside at Clear Creek Cemetery on Saturday. September 19, 2020 at 10:30 officiated by Brother Jimmy Roden, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. Emanuel Owen

Mr. Emanuel Lee Owen, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Arthur Lee and Fannie Ella Black Owen in Rome, Mississippi on July 10, 1936. He was a retired veteran of the U S Air Force, having served in both Korea and Vietnam. After retiring from the military, he worked in civil service. Emanuel was a Lutheran , and enjoyed clocks, hunting, fishing, but most of all, cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel Elizabeth Dunn Owen; a son, Tommy Holliday; a daughter, Judy Cowen; a grandson, Stephen Tremblay; and his brothers, Charles and Cecil Owen.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Lisa and Jerry Tennyson of Tennessee, and Tammy and Dale Gilbert of Jacksonville, Arkansas; 17 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Graveside Memorial Services for Mr. Emanuel Owen will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Popular Springs Cemetery, Charleston, Mississippi. The family will meet at Newsom Funeral Home, 911 East Main St., Charleston, Mississippi 38921, to lead the family and friends to the cemetery. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkanas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Rev. D. E. Villa

Rev. Diogenes Enrique Villa Mendoza was born in Calamar, Colombia, S.A. on November 24, 1925. At an early age he was saved in a Baptist church in Calamar, where he lived. Later, he moved to Barranquilla, Columbia, where he met the love of his life, Bertha Carpenter.

Diogenes and Bertha were married February 26, 1944 in Colombia starting a new family and ministry team that for 61 years faithfully proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ and salvation throughout the America’s. During these early years D. E. enrolled in a Bible school to further equip himself for ministry.

The growing family moved from S. A. to the U. S. in 1948 making their home along the Texas/Mexico border. From there they traveled and ministered throughout Mexico and Central America preaching in churches, outdoors, wherever there was opportunity. As the family grew so did their outreach, adding practical dentistry to help people in the villages they visited, and a radio ministry broadcast throughout Colombia reaching an untold number of people with the gospel message.

Over time the family grew to include seven children, so Bertha taught school and traveled with D. E. during the summers along with managing numerous other ministry related outreaches. After her retirement, together they increased their traveling to minister and strengthen the body of Christ.

Rev. Villa was a faithful husband and father, evangelist, teacher, friend and counselor always handling the Word of God with fidelity and clarity. He spent many hours just talking with people to encourage, counsel, instruct, and impart wise words for right living. The number of people impacted for the Gospel will not be truly known this side of heaven as a result of his life dedicated to proclaiming and contending for the Faith.

Rev. D. E. Villa is predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Bertha Villa, two sons David Villa and Daniel Villa, three daughters Dillia Villa, Darlene Villa and Deborah Brown. He is survived by a son Rev. D. Enrique Villa, Jr. and wife Juanita, a daughter April Sword, as well as eight grandchildren – Santiago Esteban Villa and his wife Leunila Sanchez de Villa, James Bass, Jennifer Brown, Delia Wilson and husband Kris, Jonathan Brown and wife Becca, Enrique Villa III and wife Grace, Ruth Villa and Esther Villa, five great grandchildren – Kristopher Glenn Wilson, Andruw Wilson, Hadley Villa, Alex Brown and Luis Fernando Villa along with a host of family and friends.

Today we celebrate and honor a life well lived and a life consistently dedicated to ministry.

Funeral Services for Rev. D.E. Villa will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, September 13, 2020 at El Centro Cristiano Church, 218 W. De Queen Ave., with Pastor Edward Abriel officiating. Burial will follow at Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during the funeral service. Please follow social distancing guidelines.

Leonard Earl Austin

Staff Sgt. Leonard Earl Austin was born August 10, 1942 in Lockesburg, Arkansas to Earl and Arie Austin. He grew up in the Oak Grove Community, at New Zion Baptist Church and was baptized under the Pastorate of the late Pastor Bryant.

On February 5, 1984, he united with Clayton Chapel Baptist Church. He served as Deacon under Pastor Ray Robinson. He served as the Superintendent of Sunday School Ministry, teacher of the Men’s Class, a member of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Men’s Ministry. When he passed, he was under the pastorate of Pastor Parnell Maxwell.

He graduated from Sevier County High School in 1960. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966 and received many awards: Arkansas National Federal, Arkansas Services Award in recognition of 5 years of patriotic service; Performance Award by the Veterans Administration in recognition of outstanding contribution to the improvement of operations resulting from superior performance; 189 CAM SQ Award for 25 years of Dedicated Service with the Arkansas Air National Guard, October 8, 1988; In 1992 received Administrator’s Award Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Nursing from the Department of Veterans Affairs; An Honorable Discharge Award, awarded as a testimonial of honest and faithful service from the federally recognized Air National Guard of Arkansas of USA; Certificate of Retirement in Recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs following 38 years of dedicated service to the government of the United States of America, on July 31, 2004, an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America on November 4, 1971 and many other Department of Veterans Affairs outstanding rating certificates. He was also a business owner for three years known as Austin Tire and Service Auto, Little Rock, AR.

He married Mary Louise Henry in 1971 and had two twin step-daughters, Melody and Patty Haymen. The marriage was dissolved.

He married Carolyn Maxwell September 19, 1983. The marriage was dissolved.

Preceded him in death are: his parents, Earl and Arie Austin; Rev. Anthony Eric Austin (brother); Tiffany Austin (niece); Gregory Chisholm (nephew) and Patty Bailey (daughter).

He leaves to cherish: Daughter, Melody Gaspher (Rudolph) of Newark, Delaware; Brother, Raleigh Austin, Sr. (Sheryl) of Raytown, MO; Sisters Ruby Nelson, Emma Burrell both of Kankakee, IL; Margaret McNeil (Michael) of Raymore, MO; Sister-in-law Ruth Austin of Raymore, MO, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Leonard Austin will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, September 14, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Parnell Maxwell, Anthony May and Kelly Wilbert Austin officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Williamson Cemetery, Oak Grove Community, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends for one hour, prior to the service. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. Please follow guidelines for social distancing.

Adam Joseph Tollett

Adam Joseph Tollett, age 31, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas gained his heavenly wings Monday, September 7, 2020, at his home.

He was born March 3, 1989, in Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. Tollett was a member of Grace Baptist Church and was an Afghanistan veteran; he served nine years and seven months in the Air Force. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, camping and hunting.

Mr. Tollett was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Tollett and one brother, Aaron Watson.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Jess and Ashley Tollett of De Queen, Arkansas; four nieces, Erika Tollett and Zoey Tollett both of De Queen; Nikki Tollett of Camden, Arkansas; Torri and (Valente) Olalde of Horatio; and one great nephew, Tobias Olalde of Horatio.

Memorial services with full Military Honors for Mr. Tollett, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Grace Baptist Church with Tim Johnson officiating.

General visitation will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, love gifts received will be given to B.E.A.M.S. to purchase Bibles for missionaries. Please send to Grace Baptist Church 487 Hwy. 71 N. De Queen, Arkansas 71832 and the love gift amount will be forwarded, or Wounded Warrior Project to 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Bobby Gene Miller

Bobby Gene Miller age 74, passed from this life on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Mr. Miller, was born July 27, 1946 in El Paso, Texas to Merritt and Inez Miller. He was 1964 graduate of De Queen High School and a 1970 graduate of Henderson University. He was an educator for 20 years as a teacher and coach. Later a saw-miller owner and then a full time farmer. He was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen. He loved coaching and hunting. Most of all he loved his family. He married the love of his life Sandra on August 17, 1968.

He was preceded in death by his parents Merritt and Inez Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra Poag Miller; one daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lee Austin, one son, Rob Miller, 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Allie, Ricky; 3 great grandsons; Kaden, Gunner, Kieran and his 1st great granddaughter on the way; as well as three brothers and sisters-in-law; Phillip and Judy Miller, Larry and Genie Miller and Greg and Angela Miller; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and James Hilborn; one aunt, Aline Nickerson as well as a number of nieces and nephews and other friends and family.

Funeral services for Mr. Miller, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2020, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Bro. Rob Miller and Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Mrs. Earlyne Bennett

Mrs. Ruth Earlyne McVay Bennett, age 95, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, September 6, 2020 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Earl T. and Ura Burns McVay on February 6, 1925 in De Queen, Arkansas. Earlyne received her RN license from Tri-State College in Louisiana and later completed her CRNA licensure in Fort Worth, Texas. She married the love of her life, Richard Paul Bennett, on May 19, 1946 in De Queen, and to this union, three daughters were born. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Louisiana and was a member of the former First Presbyterian Church in De Queen. For many years, she and Paul spent time serving at the Chalice Cupboard. When she was able, Earlyne was an active member of the local AARP chapter. She enjoyed sewing, watching birds in her yard and reading, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bennett; and one brother, Presley McVay.

She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Kathie Chan of Denton, Texas, Edie Wright of De Queen, and Paula (Tony) Sanca of Mansfield, Louisiana; six grandchildren, Joe, Amanda, Erin, Joshua, Blake and Stephanie; as well as, sixteen great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Earlyne Bennett will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion with Brent and Amanda Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends for a come-and-go visitation, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Danny Lee Davis

Danny Lee Davis, 61, of Eagletown, Oklahoma passed from this life September 6, 2020. He was born on January 20, 1959, to Roy (DUDE) Lee Davis, and Ethel (Lawler) Davis in De Queen, Arkansas. He was number 3 of 7 children.

Danny had lived and worked in the West Otis area as a saw-miller, logger, farmer and rancher. He enjoyed coon hunting with his old dog Ranger, fishing with his brother and sister, and working with animals.

Danny was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Davis and his father, Dude Davis; 2 brothers, Donnie and Doug Davis; 1 sister, Debra (TIG) Kessler; and 1 nephew, Clayton Cribb.

Danny leaves behind 1 brother, David Davis of Eagletown, OK; 1 sister, Devonne Cribb of Eagletown, OK and her 2 children, Jessica and Dustin; 1 sister, Dianne Chambless and husband Ricky of Ringold, OK and their 2 children, Paul and Kelly and her husband Chris Donaldson; 3 nephews, Steven, Matt, and Raymond (Tinky) Kessler; a special cousin, Cy Davis; along with several cousins and many good friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Gary L. Golden

Mr. Gary L. Golden, age 70, passed away September 4th, 2020 at one of his favorite places to be, the river house in Mayflower, AR. He was born June 3rd, 1950 in Hope, Arkansas to Leroy and Lola Golden. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his father in law, George N. Cox and mother in law, Aggie Cowart.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 49 years, Gaywyn. His daughter Gigi, husband Mike Roberts and son Grant, wife Gina Golden. His four grandkids, who affectionally called him G-Dad, Addison, Ansley, Luke, and Reed. Sisters Carlene, husband Wesley Clemons and Paula, husband Karmel Kuhn.

Gary was the first in his family to go to college, beginning at SAU where he met Gaywyn. After their marriage, he transferred to U of A, where he received a degree in Animal Science in 1974. Later, in 2012 he was named a Graduate of Distinction. Recently, he was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees at SAU.

He was Vice Chair and Chief Executive officer of First State Bank of De Queen, where he had worked since 2001. After every bank exam he considered retirement, but he loved his job and the people he worked alongside. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in De Queen. Church was a priority in Gary’s life and he proudly served on committees, church boards, and was a deacon through the years.

Although Gary led a successful career, his greatest pride came from his family. He was so proud of them and told them all often. He spent many years calling the hogs with his family, usually leaving a game saying maybe next year. He enjoyed the annual family beach trip and looked forward to it all year. G-Dad was an encourager and he loved giving advice and life lessons. There was never a goodbye that didn’t end in “I love you”.

Gary believed in the power of prayer and it was a big part of his life. He loved the Lord with all his heart and was the spiritual leader of his household. He would pray with anyone at any time, loved being the one to bless the meal and prayed with his family every morning before leaving for work. He would tell us all now in our sadness, to take a deep breath, pray for God’s will and ask him to light our paths.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gary Golden will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 6, 2020 at De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery, Prescott, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, in Mr. Gary Golden’s memory.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home and church. Please follow guidelines for social distancing.

Kurt  Farquhar

On September 4, 2020 this world lost a great loving man, and Heaven gained an amazing angel to watch over us all. Kurt Wayne Farquhar was an amazing husband, awesome daddy and loving Paw Paw or Pop to some; friend to all.

Kurt was born February 3, 1948 in Brenham, Texas to Robert and Nora Farquhar. He lived a very fulfilled life by loving our Lord. He didn’t know how to not be active. He worked at Lonestar, was a diesel mechanic for Weyerhaeuser for 20 years then went to Domtar where he retired after 22 more years. During all this time, he raised a farm, tended hay and anything you can think of, hunting and fishing for sure. From his time of being in the military service of traveling the world to driving all the way to Alaska, he loved seeing Gods beautiful paintings. He wasn’t afraid of any of that, but if you knew him well, you knew the only thing that he was afraid of was snakes.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Anita; a son, Kurt “Wayne” Farquhar and spouse Pam; a daughter Cindy Marlene and husband Kirk Williams; three grandsons, Colby Farquhar and spouse, Jessica of Salisaw, Oklahoma, Jesse Farquhar and spouse Candace of Belair, Washington, Chance Pearson of Lockesburg and fiancé Kayla Hicks; two granddaughters, Whitley Williams of Lockesburg and Laken Gentry of Lockesburg; two great grandsons, six great granddaughters, numerous family members and a multitude of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Kurt Farquhar will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in the Belleville Cemetery pavilion with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Mrs. Allene Thornton

Mrs. Bessie Allene Dixson Thornton, age 85, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, September 4, 2020, at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Marion and Minnie Ayers Dixson on September 7, 1934 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Thomas Monroe Thornton, on January 5, 1949 in Wilton, Arkansas, and to this union, four children were born. After Thomas’ passing in 1983, she later married Harold David Wisnoskie, with whom she shared loving years until his passing in 2019. Allene worked a short time for Baldwin Piano Company and later raised chickens and kept the home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lockesburg and enjoyed knitting, reading, watching westerns, Fox News and NASCAR. She was an avid fan of Jeff Gordon. She also enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, and going to flea markets, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren, especially her great-great-grandson, Corban.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Thomas Thornton and David Wisnoskie; grandson, Shelby Todd Elliott; daughter-in-law, Joan Thornton; two brothers, Eugene and Leo Dixson; and one sister, Mary Conatser.

Allene leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Thomas Ray Thornton of Lockesburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Toni and Gaylon Alexander of Lockesburg, Cheryl and Shelby Elliott of Foreman, and Lisa and David Jones of Lockesburg; seven grandchildren, Carolyn, Todd, Tony Ray, Becky, Michael, Samantha and J.D.; nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laverne Renfrow and Ernestine Clay, both of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Allene Thornton will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 7, 2020 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, with Buster Dellinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. Please follow guidelines for social distancing.

Isaac Jim Jackson

Isaac Jim Jackson, age 70, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday,
September 4, 2020, at his home.

He was born November 26, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a USDA Inspector, Christian, and U.S. Army Veteran having served in Vietnam.

Mr. Jackson, was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Ruth Jackson and two sisters, Relda Shrouder and Sue Fitzhugh.

He is survived by one brother, Richard Jackson of Horatio; one sister, Vinita Sanders of Texarkana, Arkansas; and special friends, Denielle, Carmen, Alex, and Kal’El Contreras.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jackson, will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Horatio Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Erma Evelyn Shelton

Erma Evelyn Barnett Shelton, age 92, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at her home.

She was born June 3, 1928, in Dierks, Arkansas. Mrs. Shelton was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Shelton was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Margaret Fern Cunningham Barnett; her husband, Haskell Shelton; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Trish Bullard of Nashville and Anita Shelton of North Little Rock, Arkansas; two sons, Larry Shelton of Nashville and David Shelton of Saratoga, Arkansas; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Shelton will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Velmaree Harberson

Velmaree Harberson, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in Dierks.

She was born December 22, 1934, in Dierks. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Dierks, Arkansas.

Ms. Harberson was preceded in death by her parents, Dewitt and Lena Young Harberson; one sister, Zelmaree Killian; two brothers, Roy Harberson and Floy Harberson, and one niece, Cathy Chastain.

She is survived by two nephews, Howard and Melba Killian of Texarkana, and Dennis and Nancy Harberson of Ruston, Louisiana; three great nephews, Steve Killian, Chris Chastain and Kyle Chastain; and two great nieces, Stephanie Francis and Lindsey Billberry.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Harberson, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the Restland Memorial Park, in Nashville, Arkansas with Larry Eason officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Lowell Ray Runnels

Lowell Ray Runnels, age 81, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died August 30, 2020, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1939 in Provo, Arkansas. Mr. Runnels was retired from Weyerhaeuser, a Baptist, and a United States Army Veteran. He enjoyed walking his dogs Tuffy and Peaches, good puzzle books, talking with people, camping and fishing.

Mr. Runnels was preceded in death by his parents, Charley and Agnes Shaw Runnels; step father, Carrol Nix; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlene and Bobby Friend and Faye and Harold Brewer.

He is survived by his wife Lavern McIntyre Runnels, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Karen and Stanley Topor, Paula and Brian Martz and Brenda Dixon all of De Queen, Arkansas; step children and their spouses, Travis and Stephanie Liggin of Blevins, Arkansas, Debbie and Robert Gray of Lockesburg, Becky and Tony Clark of Nathan, Arkansas and Jeannie and Randy Miller of Fouke, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law Martie and Bennie Griffin of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Ann Runnels of Lockesburg; grandchildren and their spouses, Brandon and Hannah Topor of Nashville, Arkansas; Brittany and Kyle Wasson of Foreman, Arkansas; Derek Dixon of De Queen, Kayla and Anthony Mooneyham of Athens, Arkansas; Meagan Martz of De Queen, and Aaron Martz of Okemah Oklahoma; a host of other grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Runnels will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 4:00–8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 1st at the funeral home.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Calvin Hern

Mr. Calvin Henry Hern, age 91, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Joe and Illa Christena Snyder Hern in Lima, Oklahoma on January 23, 1929. Calvin was a truck driver all his adult life and was proud of the fact he drove over 6,000,000 miles without a single accident and received numerous safety awards. Calvin drove for several Trucking Firms and later he owned and operated Hern Trucking, Inc. He loved his Lord and was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping and fishing, and took pride in his yard, but most of all, he cherished his family and friends.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearlie Mae Ford Hern; a grandson, Jason Candelaria; a great-grandson, Lukus Shane Candelaria; his siblings, Freeman Higgins, Russell Higgins, Bobby Higgins, Jean Smith, and Gladys Tabor.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Candelaria of De Queen; a son and daughter-in-law,
Billy Ray and Janie Sue Hern of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Linda Higgins of De Queen; a sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and his special companion, Patsy Counts of Hot Springs.

Graveside Memorial Services for Mr. Calvin Hern will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Philip Glen Van Voast

Philip Glen Van Voast, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, August 28, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born September 11,1929, in Wichita, Kansas to Evert and Yula Longstreet Van Voast. Mr. Van Voast was a member of Geneva Missionary Baptist Church and was  retired from Pilgrim’s Pride with 31 years of service. He served on the Farm Bureau Insurance Board for 61 years, Sevier County Fair Board for 57 years and was a 4-H Leader for 38 years.

Mr. Van Voast was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Melba Van Voast, and two brothers Luther and Richard Van Voast.

He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Phyllis and Marvin Barrington, Jimmie Ann Shelton, and Nelda and Louie Kyger; two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Van Voast and David and Anna Fenton , three sisters Viola Jones, Freda Pedron, and Margaret Gonzalez; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Van Voast, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2020, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Brother Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held Sunday August 30, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home in De Queen.

Marci  Lee Matheny Null

Mrs. Marci Lee Matheny Null, age 41, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born on August 28, 1978, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a graduate of De Queen High School in 1997 and attended Freewill Baptist Church of New Hope, Arkansas. Marci married the love of her life, Leonard Null, on February 15, 2015. She enjoyed going to the races, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kim Matheny; her brother, Marc Matheny; and her grandma, Maxine Whitley.

Marci leaves to cherish her memory, her husband; step-children, Brandon and Kimberly Null of Glenwood, Arkansas, Warren and Kristen Null of Amity, Arkansas, Justin and Kandyce McAnelly of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Anna Sevier of Nashville, Arkansas; one uncle, Jay Whitley of Marrero, Louisiana; three aunts, Sheri and Melvin Mills of De Queen, Arkansas, June and Jerry Pinson of Dierks, Arkansas, and Stacy Rasmussen of De Queen, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren; special friends, Billy and Frankie Stamps of Dierks, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Memorial Services for Mrs. Marci Null will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. Kenny Fant officiating. Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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Bobby Joe Harper

Bobby Joe Harper, age 79, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, August 27, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 18, 1941, in the Greens Chapel Community. Mr. Harper was a logger and a truck driver and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg since 1960. He enjoyed his grandchildren, his dogs, and helping others.

Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his parents; Robert Alexander and Ruby Mae Janes Harper; one brother, Wayne Cortez Gilbert; and one sister, Bea Hosey.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Leah Harper of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Andrew Pope of  Nashville, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Britney Mitchell, Shawn McWhorter, Ashley Coleman, Grayson Coleman, Austin O’Rand, Dustin Smith, Meagan Smith, Tyler Pope, Andrea Woodruff, and Julia Linhoff; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Harper will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Old New Hope Cemetery with Hershel Janes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Anna Sue Nelson

Mrs. Anna Sue Green Nelson, age 77, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana.

She was born to Thurman Young and Ida Ella Sillavan Green on January 4, 1943 in Dierks, Arkansas. Sue was a 1961 graduate of De Queen High School and attended College of Redwoods in Eureka, California where she studied business. She later attended Cossatot Community College in De Queen where she studied nursing and gained her LPN license. After obtaining her license, Sue worked as a psychiatric nurse, working at Pinewood Hospital in Texarkana, Arkansas and later for Southwest Arkansas Counselling and Mental Health Center in Nashville and De Queen. She received several awards over the years including, Nurse of the Year in 1990, for her work at Pinewood Hospital, and Pinecone awards for outstanding work. She married the love of her life, Vernon Clyde Nelson, Jr., on March 17, 1968 at the Hydesville Community Church in Hydesville, California. She was a Baptist and member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in De Queen. She was a member of the national AARP chapter and enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and watching Nascar, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her family and time spent helping others.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 30 years, Vernon Nelson, Jr.; two brothers, Jesse “Sonny” Green and Larry Green; and two sisters, Sonia Hankins and Nora Cunningham.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Anthony Floyd of De Queen; four grandchildren, Ashley (Cody) McLeod of Alexander, Arkansas, Morgan Floyd of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Kaitlyn and Haylee Floyd, both of De Queen; one great-grandson, Maddex McLeod of Alexander, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sue Nelson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 29, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Bowlin officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. All other requirements and guidelines for social distancing must be followed.

Garlin Griffin

Mr. Garlin Steven Griffin, age 71, resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, August 24, 2020, at his home.

He was born to Clifford Calvin and Flossie Jean Dorsey Griffin on November 11, 1948 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He married Judy Elizabeth Hedden on December 29, 1968, and to this union, three children were born. Garlin was a farmer and enjoyed his time raising cattle, hogs and chickens. He attended church at E.T. Allen Memorial Church in Ashdown, and in addition to farming, enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Virginia Sue Moore.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Judy Griffin of Horatio; one daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Lydel Chandler of Horatio; one son, John Griffin of Horatio; seven grandchildren, Samantha Martz, Brittany (Drew) Smith, Lacey Hankins, Brianna (Dale) Wolcott, Aimee Griffin, Joshua Martz and Brian Moore; eleven great-grandchildren, Gracie, Brylee, Casen, Keller, Hadley, Ryder, Cahl, Finley, Blake, RaeAnn, and Payton; as well as, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Garlin Griffin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 31, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Cromer officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. All other requirements and guidelines for social distancing must be followed.

Tracy Allen Steward

Tracy Allen Steward, age 51, a resident of White Hall, Arkansas, formerly of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, August 22, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born June 5, 1969, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Steward was a safety compliance officer for offshore oil companies, former reserve Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy, and attended Old Union Church. He loved fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors.

Mr. Steward was preceded in death by his parents, William David Steward, Sr. and Judy Ann Crudup Steward.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Dinger Steward; one daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Austin Powell of White Hall; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Linda Steward of Lockesburg, Arkansas; and a number of other relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends

A memorial service for Mr. Steward will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Old Union Church with Jaron Tipton officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends at the Old Union Church after the service.

The family will be at the home of Allen and Marsha Peterson in De Queen until service time.

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

Vanessa Ann Villarreal

Miss Vanessa Ann Villarreal, age 31, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, August 23, 2020, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas, with family by her side.

She was born in McAllen, Texas, on February 9, 1989 to Monique Moreno and Joe Manuel Villarreal. She was Homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Vanessa enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her children and family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Villarreal; a cousin, Noe Sifuentes, Jr.; and her grandmother, Ofelia Angeles.

She is survived by her children, Aaliyah Lannett Villarreal, and Melanie Alexa, Josiah Benjamin, and Mariah Monique Guerrero; her parents, Dario and Monique Angeles; six siblings and their spouses, Damian (Priscilla) Villarreal, Joe (Elizabeth) Villarreal, Karina (Carlos) Garcilazo, Abigail Angeles, Vanessa Cantu, and Angel Gomez; maternal grandparents, Raymundo (Mina) Martinez; paternal grandmother, Juana Villarreal; as well as, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Mass for Miss Vanessa Villarreal will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at St. Barbara Catholic Church, De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. A limit of fifty (50) people will be able to attend the church service. Public burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Rosary services will be held at 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home and church. All other requirements and guidelines for social distancing must be followed.

Mr. Emanuel Owen

Mr. Emanuel Lee Owen, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Arthur Lee and Fannie Ella Black Owen in Rome, Mississippi on July 10, 1936. He was a retired veteran of the U S Air Force, having served in both Korea and Vietnam.  After retiring from the military, he worked in civil service.  Emanuel was a Lutheran, and enjoyed clocks, hunting, fishing, but most of all, cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hazel Elizabeth Dunn Owen, a son, Tommy Holliday, a daughter, Judy Cowen, a grandson, Stephen Tremblay, and his brothers, Charles and Cecil Owen.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Rusty Owen and Tracy Owen both of Conroe, Texas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Jerry Tennyson of Tennessee, and Tammy and Dale Gilbert of Jacksonville, Arkansas, 17 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

A private graveside service will be held in Charleston, Mississippi.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Bobbie Annette Oliver Eastwood

Mrs. Bobbie Annette Oliver Eastwood, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 20, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 29, 1935, in the Pleasant Home Community near Murfreesboro. Mrs. Eastwood worked at the Sevier County Library for 30 years and was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ. She loved to play dominoes with her friends, spend time at the library, read, put together puzzles, attend all of her great grandkid’s events, and spend time with her family.

Mrs. Eastwood was preceded in death by her parents, A.T. and Dovie Riddle Oliver; her husband, Alvis Eastwood; her brother, T.L. Oliver; her sister, Patsy R. Leavell; and a great grandson, Treyton Hogg.

She is survived by one son, Allen Eastwood of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Robert Bray of Dierks, Arkansas; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William R. and Trish Oliver of Springfield, Missouri, Michael D. and Linda Oliver of Russellville, Arkansas, and Dwight Jay and Suzanne Oliver of Tyler, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret F. and Tom Derryberry of Wildersville, Tennessee; two granddaughters and their spouses, Adriana and Andy Hogg of Dierks and Tiffini and Leon Stone of Carthage, Texas; four great grandsons, Brayden Kirby, Austin Stone, Lawson Stone, and Lander Stone; two great granddaughters, Ally Hogg and Lilly Hogg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eastwood will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2020, at the De Queen Church of Christ with Toney Stowers and Andy Hogg officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Mrs. Dora Alice Hughes Sharp

Mrs. Dora Alice Hughes Sharp, age 89, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 20, 2020, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born March 31, 1931, in Kolbtown, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, farmer, enjoyed quilting, and attended Bissell Chapel Church.

Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Abby Hughes; her husband, Obie Doyce Sharp; one son, Wendell Sharp; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Phyllis Sharp; four grandchildren and their spouses, Angela and Joe Allman, Michael and Brandi Sharp, Tricia Threet, and Wendy and Michael Forrest; one brother, Frank Hughes; eight great grandchildren and their spouses, Alex and Lyssette Sharp, Jacob and Kaylynn Sharp, Austin and Mickinzie Allman, Trey and Sarah Allman, James Threet, Faith Forrest, and Jared Forrest; four great-great grandchildren, Andrew Sharp, Kinsley Sharp, Annabella Allman, and Kaylee Allman; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Sharp will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Bissell Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Deloris Billingsley

Mrs. Barbara Dolores Birge Billingsley, age 87, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 20, 2020, at her home.

She was born June 22, 1933, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mena Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Mrs. Billingsley loved to cook and garden.

Mrs. Billingsley was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Nellie Turner Birge; her husband, Marvin Lee Billingsley; and one brother, Cecil Birge.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Mitchell and Jeannie Billingsley, Kendall and Donna Billingsley, and Duane and Lisa Billingsley; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Terry Buhr; one brother, Dwight Birge; one sister, Janet Nugent; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Burial for Mrs. Billingsley was held at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. A memorial service will be held at a later date. You may contact the family for further information.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Patricia Ann Wright

Mrs. Patricia Ann Wray Wright, affectionately known as Pat, age 66, resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at her home, with family by her side.

She was born on August 9, 1954 in Huntington Park, California, to James David and Shirley Mae Smith Wray. She was a graduate of Lockesburg High School and was a member of Millwood Baptist Church. Pat married Gale Dewaine Wright, on April 11, 1997, in Winthrop, Arkansas. Pat owned and operated Maw Maw’s Bakery and More, where she shared her love of baking with others. She enjoyed going to church, cooking, and visiting, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, James David Wray; one son, Danny Wayne Parker; husband, Gale Wright; one brother, William Wray; and one sister, Glenna Wray Mears.

Pat leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Michael Parker of Ashdown; one daughter, Sandra Hall and husband Michael of Waskom, Texas; her mother, Shirley Wray of Ashdown; one sister, Rhonda Staples of Allen, Texas; five grandchildren, Kaylen, Ashleigh, Samantha, Jerry Wayne and Savanna; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Gage, Emileigh and Izayah; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Pat Wright will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Todd Reed and Bro. Travis Young officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Ms. Frances Jackson

Ms. Frances Marie Bell Jackson, age 78, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, August 14, 2020 in the Wadley Regional Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Sager Goliath and Hattie Ann Johnson Bell on May 17, 1942 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a 1960 graduate of the Sevier County Training School in Lockesburg. She married Leroy Jackson and was a faithful member of Mt. Carmel Methodist Church in Lockesburg. Frances worked as a Nurse’s Aide, beginning her career in 1961 in Indiana. She returned to Sevier County in 1987 working at Brookwood Nursing in De Queen and later at the Nashville Nursing Center. She had a love for cats, especially the one she named “Fuzzy.” She also enjoyed piddling with things, other animals such as goats and chickens, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings, Robert Raydell Bell, Sager Bell, Jr., Clara Lee Williams, Frankie Beatrice Lewis and Adell Rogers.

She is survived by three sisters, Mavis Dean Counts of Detroit, Michigan, Callie Mae Mills of Florida, and Mary Jean Gregory of Sacramento, California; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Funeral Services for Ms. Frances Jackson will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, with Pastor Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Jean Mary Sharp

Mrs. Jean Mary Sharp, age 93, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, August 15, 2020 at her home.

Jean was born January 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois.  She met her husband, William Elory Sharp in San Diego, California while he was in Navy Corp School and were married in Lockesburg, Arkansas in March of 1946.  Jean was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church and St. Barbara Altar Society.  She was a homemaker and had worked at the House of Fashion Dress Shop. Jean was a great cook. Everyone loved her foods, especially her desserts.  Jean was honored on April 11, 2018 by De Queen Mayor, Billy Ray McKelvy for her service to the community by declaring a Jean Sharp day in De Queen.  She was a great servant to her community with over fifty years’ service to De Queen Medical Hospital Auxiliary and the Sevier County Extension Homemakers.  Jean loved the Razorbacks and was an avid fan of all sports.  Even when not winning she was loyal to the Hogs. She enjoyed horse racing, and visiting the casino and loved crafting and her family.

Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William Elory Sharp. She was also preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn and (Charles) Hitchcock of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Mike and (Linda) Sharp of Bonita Springs, Florida, Steve and (Patti) Sharp of De Queen, Bill Sharp of Farmington, Arkansas and Patty Sharp of De Queen; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Sharp; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

F9neral Mass for Mrs. Sharp will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Saint Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 18th at the funeral home.  A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation in Jean’s name at 115 N. 3rd St., De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited at the funeral home and church. Everyone is welcome at the graveside service.

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

Mrs. Evelyn McKinley

After completing her assigned work here on Earth, Evelyn Jeanette Hawthorne McKinley, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, August 14, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to Paul Emerson and Lura Mae Cornutt Hawthorne at Colbert, Oklahoma on October 1, 1936. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.

She worked for many years as a secretary and bookkeeper. She worked for Allied Telephone and Sevier County Farmers Cooperative in De Queen.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas and later attended Henderson State College.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, John Edward McKinley; one daughter, Rhonda Joyce Coon; two brothers, James Earl and Weldon Paul Hawthorne; and one sister, Florance Marie Achimon.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald Edward McKinley of Horatio, and Jerry Randal McKinley and wife Sonya of De Queen; three grandchildren and spouses, Reagan Lynn McKinley of Bryant, Tiffany and Jeremy Craig of Grannis, and Chris and Katie Winer of Umpire; eight great-grandchildren, Braylon Liggin of Bryant, Emma and Clyde Craig of Grannis, and Elizabeth Jane, Tristan, Copelan, Crimson and Bradley Quinn Winer of Umpire; one sister and brother-in-law, Tommie Mae and Bobby Jordan of Garland, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Evelyn McKinley will be held at 9:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jay McAlister officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Evelyn Espindola

Mrs. Evelyn Glanna Haury Espindola, age 51, resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Plano, Texas, with family by her side.

Evelyn was born to Tennyson Andrew and Frances Louise Madewell Haury on December 20, 1968 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She loved children and the elderly, working many years as a CNA. She took her profession very serious. Her motto was “The children of today are the elderly of tomorrow.” When working in nursing homes, she would always make her patients her first priority. At a young age, her brother, John, told her that she had a way with the elderly. She always believed this was a reason she made her career in eldercare. Evelyn was very unique in her own way. Either you liked her, or you did not, she did not really care. She was a lovable person, but if you gave her a reason not to like you, she did not forget it. She made many friends in her years as a CNA, but you cannot be friends with everyone. She always stood her ground and could not be intimidated. She was a very loving person. Evelyn would say, “I’ve got enough Indian blood in me to make me a warrior, but have my mother’s heart that makes me very loving.” Evelyn attended church at Victory Life Church in Broken Bow and enjoyed crocheting, scrapbooking, listening to music and was a Chicago Bulls fan, more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Leta Smith; and two brothers, John Haury and Donald Loneman.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Jaime Espindola of Haworth; two sons, Derrick Haury and wife Jessica of Haworth, and Coco Felipe and wife Ashlee of Texarkana; four daughters, Cassandra Cox and husband Mark of Shawnee, Maria Clark and husband Cameron of Haworth, Sasha Lamphier and husband Daniel of Eagletown, and Ashley Wilson of Broken Bow; her pride and joy, thirteen grandchildren, Chloe, Kaden, Preston, Aden, Addie, Parker, Bransen, Raiden, Patience Glanna, Landon, Brooklyn, Adrian and Wade; brothers, Cecil Haury, Chris Haury and James Haury and wife Christy; sister-in-law, Gloria Espindola; sisters, Sara Loneman, Donna K. Loneman, and Reta Loneman; special friends, David Boyd, Chris Saling, Kristen Clouse and Rachel Harcrow; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Evelyn Espindola will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Stateline Cemetery, Cerrogordo, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during the time of visitation and funeral service.

Eugene Lowell Edens

Mr. Eugene Lowell Edens, age 91, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, August 14, 2020 at his home.

He was born August 13, 1929 in Odell, Arkansas.  He was one of eleven children born to Abner and Dora Hamilton Edens.  He was retired from Weyerhaeuser after thirty years and attended Horatio Assembly of God Church.  He loved to garden and hunt.

Mr. Edens was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his children, Lucille Chilson Edens; his second wife, Wanda Fay Dorsey Edens; one son, Marlin Edens; one daughter, Belinda Edens; and one great granddaughter, Holly Rose Edens.

He is survived by one daughter, Winona Mickle of De Queen; one son, David Edens of New Caney, Texas; one sister, Irene Minor of Eagletown, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Edens will be held at Monday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

Quinton Dale “Bill” Milam

Mr. Quinton Dale “Bill” Milam, age 80, a resident of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas died Thursday, August 13, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas of Covid-19.

He was born July 3, 1940, at Billingsley Corner, Arkansas. Mr. Milam was retired from the Ash Grove Cement Plant after 36 years, a United States Army Veteran, and a member of the Church in the Wildwood and State Line Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Ash Grove Cement Local Union D937 and loved running hounds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Milam; five brothers, Marvin Milam, Charles Milam, Darrell Milam, Steve Milam, and Wilbur Milam; and three sisters, Effie Klitz, Velva McCormick, and Louise Key.

Mr. Milam is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy Frady Milam; two brothers, John Milam and Gary Milam both of Foreman, Arkansas; two sisters, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Foreman; his dog, Wendy; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Due to Covid-19 there will be a private family service for Mr. Milam in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery with John and Mary Overturf officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

A come and go viewing will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 16th at the funeral home in De Queen.

Family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

In lieu of food or flowers donations may be made in Bill Milam’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 or the charity of your choice.

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

Harold Bohannon

Mr. Harold Lloyd Bohannon, age 86, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at the Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

He was born to Carl and Hazel Leona Haskett Bohannon on June 18, 1934 in Houston, Texas. Following high school graduation, Harold married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Pickett in May of 1956, and to this union, two daughters were born. He worked in maintenance for Houston Light and Power for many years and retired from Centerpoint Energy. Harold formerly attended the congregational gatherings at the Old Corith Church in Froglevel. He was a member of the Houston Pigeon Racing Association and enjoyed building birdhouses, crappie fishing, weed-eating and blowing leaves in his yard, and for many years, he enjoyed his time at the Choctaw Casino. Harold loved his family, his sweet wife, Barbara, and his many friends made throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 63 years, Barbara Bohannon; one great-grandson, Cullen Varner; and one brother, Dan Douglas Bohannon.

Left to cherish is memory are two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol Ann Boykin, and Karen Kay and Keith Midgett, all of Lockesburg; four grandchildren, Trina, Tracey, Trista and Matt; six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Cameron, Carson, Emma, Shelby and Valerie; a special nephew, Doug (Andrea) Bohannon of Horatio; other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Harold Bohannon will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, August 17, 2020 at Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Roy Wayman Blue

Mr. Roy Wayman Blue, age 80, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at his home.

He was born February 27, 1940 in Rufe, Oklahoma.  He was a logger and a member of the Umpire Community Church.  Mr. Blue enjoyed  fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Lee and Margaret Bryant Blue; his first wife, Eva Blue; one son, Rodney Blue and one daughter, Debbie Johnson

Mr. Blue is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Pannell) Blue; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Randall Fraizer of Antlers, Oklahoma and Rita and Jimmy Ward of Dierks; two step-daughters and their spouses, Amanda and Justin Buck of Dierks and Sarah and Lendon McConnell of Umpire; one step-son and his wife, James “Jay” and Kim Alensworth of Murfreesboro; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Allen Blue of San Antonio, Texas, Troy Blue of Rufe, Oklahoma and Steve and Norma Stidham of Wright City, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Blue will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 15, 2020 in Finley Cemetery in Finley, Oklahoma with Bro. John Henry Williams officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Arkansas.

General viewing will be held from 5:00-8:00 Friday, August 14th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Rogerlene McFarland Kitchens

Mrs. Rogerlene McFarland Kitchens, age 85, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 13, 2020, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born April 22, 1935, in Paris, Tennessee. Mrs. Kitchens was a homemaker and a member of the Athens Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano, painting, and cooking.

Mrs. Kitchens was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Kate Clement McFarland; her husband, Dorman Ray Kitchens; two sisters, Louise Enoch and Martha Jones; one grandson, Chris Kitchens; and one great-grandson, Kaleb Strasner.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Michele Kitchens of Dierks, Arkansas and Scott and Debbie Kitchens of Umpire; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Laura and Kerry Strasner of Umpire, Beth and Ken Jackson of Dierks and Jill Sharp of Umpire; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Kitchens will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, 2020, at the Athens Missionary Baptist Church in Athens, Arkansas with Scott Kitchens and Jerry Strasner officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

William Keith Alexander

William Keith Alexander, 51, of Horatio, passed away Sunday, August 2nd, after a brief bout with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence Earl and Mary Louise Alexander, brother, Samuel Gipson Alexander, and sister Katherine Alexander.

He is survived by brothers, Thurman Alexander of Horatio, Thomas Alexander of Lockesburg, James Alexander of De Queen,  Allan Hunt of Eagletown, OK and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are pending at this time.

Claudius Leon Conatser

Mr. Claudius Leon Conatser, age 83, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born March 10, 1937. He was a well driller and owned Conatser Water Well Company. He was a man of God and was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church, where he was the song leader. He served 19 and a half years in the U.S. Air Force and loved fishing with his grandsons.

Mr. Conatser was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Newton Conatser, Sr. and Flora Bell (Ayers) Conatser; his wife, Mary Elizabeth Conatser; two sisters, Linda Conatser and Della Mae Yates and five brothers, Archie Conatser, Jerry Conatser, Eddie Conatser, Elwayne Conatser and George Conatser.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Eric Crawford of Ben Lomond, Arkansas; three grandsons, Matthew Lovell and wife Hunter of Texarkana, Texas, Jason Crawford of De Queen, Arkansas, and Kevin Crawford of Ben Lomond; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Conatser will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2020 in the Coulter Memorial Gardens in Lockesburg with Rev. Roy Conatser officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 13th at the funeral home.

Family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mary Frances Pettigrew

Mrs. Mary Frances Suggs Pettigrew, age 85, resident of Ashdown, Arkansas and former resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on July 26, 1935 in Wilton, Arkansas to the late Azz and Pearl Roshawn Suggs, one of five children. Mrs. Pettigrew was a Homemaker and faithful member of Horatio Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed going to church, cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three daughters, Ruby Pauline Rightmire, Louann Vincent, and Mary Ellen Ward; two brothers, William and Fred Suggs; and two sisters, Susie Wilson and Lorene Plunk.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Kathy Plunk of Idabel, Oklahoma, Carl and Kelly Plunk of Horatio, Arkansas, and Oscar and Amy Pettigrew of Horatio, Arkansas; two daughters and one son-in-law, Frances and Robert Brizendine of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Connie Strong of Horatio, Arkansas; 26 grandchildren; as well as, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Mary Pettigrew will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Horatio Fist Assembly of God Church with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during the memorial service. Any other regulations of Horatio First Assembly of God Church may apply.

Floyd C. Wray

Mr. Floyd Crockett Wray, age 87, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  He was one of six sons born to William Thomas and Bertie Eugenia Kinnard Wray.  Floyd was born in Lockesburg, Arkansas on December 30, 1932.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a retired Ford Mechanic, and a Baptist. He loved to play music, and in later years sit on his porch and watch the deer and birds, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family.

He was preceded in death buy his parents, five brothers, Edwin Wray, Charles Wray, Billy Wray, Joe Wray, and Jimmy Wray, and a great-granddaughter, Haley Marie Bell.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his life companion, Roma Jackson of Dierks, two sons, Scotty Wray of Hermitage, Tennessee and Floyd “Bubba” Wray all of Nashville, Tennessee,  a great-granddaughter, Maddie Bell of Nashville, Tennessee and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Mt. Ida Cemetery. Cremation arrangements by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Fredrick Neal Smith

Frederick Neal Smith, age 89, passed away on August, 10, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas, from complications from Covid-19. He was born on February 21, 1931, in Winthrop, Arkansas, to Elisha Frederick and Ruth Ona (Van Eman) Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 64 years, Norma Rae Abshier Smith; three brothers: Nicholas James Smith, Curtis Dale Smith and David Eugene Smith; one sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Smith Culp. He is survived by his sister, Martha June Smith Markwalter, of Texarkana, Texas, and a host of nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.

He was born and raised in Winthrop, where he attended grade school and high school. Following a year at Southern State College, he married Norma Rae Abshier from Horatio and settled down in the Crossroads community near Winthrop. He worked hard on the farm and in timber until he was called into the Army where he served two years at Camp Chaffe in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Following his stint in the service, he returned to the Crossroads where he continued working on the farm and in timber. He soon returned to college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and pursued a bachelor’s degree in education. He began his career in Foreman where he filled in for Mrs. Maize Cannon for a semester. For the next 25 years, he thoroughly enjoyed coaching and teaching mathematics. He continued his education receiving a master’s degree from Southeastern University in Durant, Oklahoma, and post graduate studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Throughout his life, he was active in social, educational, fraternal, judicial and charitable organizations. He was a member of the National, Arkansas and Little River Education Associations (active and retired), and a member of Phi Delta Kappa. He was a Past Master of Rocky Comfort Masonic Lodge in Foreman, a member of the Shriners where he served as president numerous times of the Cossatot Shrine Club in De Queen, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies. In these capacities, he sponsored and physically took many children to the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Shreveport. He loved helping children. Another fraternal organization in which he took much pride is The Order of the Eastern Star, an organization in which he could share with his wife, Norma Rae. In the Star, he served five years as Worthy Patron and traveled many miles and made good friends. He also belonged to many farm related groups. He was a board member and past president of the Little River County Farm Bureau and a member of the Sevier and Little River Cattlemen’s Association. He served twenty-two years on the Quorum Court as District 1 Justice of the Peace in Little River County and, also filled vacancies after deaths of members in his district.

Although, he was always busy on the farm and enjoyed his many other activities, his greatest love was his church. He was a charter member of the First Southern Baptist Church of the Crossroads which he and several other members literally built. His was a labor of love! He was trustee, chairman of building and grounds committee, a member of the financial crisis committee, Discipleship Training Director, Baptismal Committee member and Men’s Sunday School teacher. Whether he was helping someone who came by for financial help, checking the heat in the baptistery at 6 a.m. in preparation for a baptisms, traveling over a hundred miles to pick up a steeple or nearby for parts, or just cleaning commodes, he felt he was just doing his duty and enjoyed it.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at the Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Mark Markle officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Julia Annette Cox Stanford

Mrs. Julia Annette Cox Stanford, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Monday, August 10, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 13, 1937, in Horatio. Mrs. Stanford was a homemaker and a member of the Horatio Assembly of God. She enjoyed reading her Bible and working in the yard.

Mrs. Stanford was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Clifford and Gladys Delcenia Romine Cox; her husband, Dock Stanford; one son, Rickey Stanford; two sisters, Adele Swan and Glendyne Watts; and two brothers, Gerald Cox and an infant brother, Carrol Cox.

She is survived by one daughter, Falicia Stanford; one son, Travis Stanford; one sister, Willene Gray; one grandson and his wife, Cass and Nikki Stanford; one great grandson, Jai Stanford; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A come and go visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 14th at the funeral home.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Charles Franklin Butler

Charles Franklin Butler, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born January 15, 1938, in Foreman, Arkansas. Mr. Butler was a car dealer and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio. He was an avid team roper and loved taking care of his yard.

Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus William and Dorothy Mae Stoker Butler and six brothers.

He is survived by his wife Jamie Marie Abshire Butler; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Ray Butler and Charlotte McCarley and one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Shannon Fielding all of Horatio; his grandchildren and their spouses, Cody Butler, Falon and Daniel Johnson, Laken and Dustin Plunk, Garrett Fielding, Amanda and Kevin Frachiseur, David and Casey Jones, Allison and Mo Milam, Shelly Johnson, and Shawn Lloyd; his great grandchildren, Knox, Perry, Carter, Livi, Gavin, Evin, Rustin, Bentin, Noah, Lennon, and Everleigh; four sisters, Shirley Oglesby of Arkinda, Arkansas, Helen Smith of Goodwater, Oklahoma, Mary Lincoln of Haworth, Oklahoma, and Lucille Henderson of Arkinda; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Butler will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 15, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with John Gutierres and Jason Caudle officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

Family requests that everyone remain safe and please wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Charles Butler Sevier County Rodeo Scholarship Fund at Horatio State Bank, P.O. Box 437, Horatio, AR 71832.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Lillian Lois McKeller Gore

Mrs. Lillian Lois McKeller Gore, age 104, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, August 8, 2020 at her home.

She was born January 15, 1916 in Lockesburg. She was a homemaker, loved quilting and gardening, and was a member of Falls Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She was a great cook and everyone enjoyed her biscuits and gravy.

Mrs. Gore was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian Deal McKeller; her husband, Sebren Gore; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Lena DeLois Lee of Lockesburg; one grandson, Randy (Vickie) Lee; one granddaughter, Tilly (Larry) Hutson; five great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, two great-great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gore will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Ann Holley and Bobby McKeller officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family requests that everyone remain safe and please, if possible, wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mattie Evelyn Alexander Walters

Mrs. Mattie Evelyn Alexander Walters, known to many as Big Mama, age 103, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, August 9, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born April 27, 1917, in Sevier County. She was retired from Mount Air Poultry and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Walters was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Betty Young Alexander; her husband, Clyde Walters; and two sons, Billy J. Walters and Jimmy Clyde “Mutt” Walters.

She is survived by three daughters, Pat Clay of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Diane Webb of Mena, Arkansas, and Tammy Kitchens of Miami, Florida; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren;15 great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Walters will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, in the Greens Chapel Cemetery with Terry Chapman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 11th at the funeral home in De Queen.

The family would like to thank Pleasant Manor Nursing Home for the special care they gave Mrs. Walters.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Ronald David Lofton

Mr. Ronald David Lofton, age 69, a resident of De Queen, transitioned from this life on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1950 in De Queen. He was a retired lumber supervisor for Weyerhaeuser and a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, and working in his yard. He adored his grandchildren and loved their musical performances and watching them play sports.

Mr. Lofton was preceded in death by his parents, O.L. Lofton, Jr. and Betty Jo (Davis) Lofton.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Lofton; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Jason and Cindy Lofton of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Patrick Kelley of Springdale, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Parker, Griffin, and Carson Kelley; Oaklee, Olivia, Silas and Hannah Grace Lofton; one sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Roger Holley of Atoka, Oklahoma; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Ronnie Lofton will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Steve Copley and Chad Gallagher officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, August 10th at the funeral home.

William D. Sherman

William D. Sherman, age 89, passed from this life Thursday, August 6, 2020, in Irving, Texas.

Mr. Sherman was born August, 29, 1930, in Big Fork, Arkansas to Paul and Dora Faulkner Sherman. William married Joyce Houser Sherman. They lived in Provo, Arkansas and raised five children. Will retired from Weyerhaeuser in Dierks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Dora Faulkner Sherman; one daughter, Anita Sherman Hargrove; one granddaughter, Jamie Green; and his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Sherman of Irving, Texas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry and Gail Sherman of Texarkana, Arkansas and Ronnie Sherman of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two daughters and three sons-in-law, Elaine and Glen Owens of Nashville, Arkansas, Glenna and Larry Dunaway of Nashville, and Larry Hargrove of De Queen, Arkansas; two step daughters, Sharon and Bobby Enberg of Irving, and Laverne and Mike Richards of Decatur, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sherman will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2020, at Mc Horse Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A general viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 9th at the funeral home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Charlotte Ann Martin

Ms. Charlotte Ann Leeper Martin, age 72, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was the oldest of six children born to Darrell Fayne Leeper, Sr. and Vada Olive Rogers Leeper on October 6, 1947 in Wenatchee, Washington. She was a 1965 graduate of De Queen High School and received her Bachelor Degree from Oakland University. Charlotte worked 26 years as an Engineer for General Motors. After retirement from GM, Charlotte spent 11 years working at Walmart in De Queen. She will be remembered for her kind words, soft tone and precious smile offered to each customer who passed through the doors. She also owned and operated Proven Image Company in De Queen, where she shared her love for photography and framing. Charlotte attended First Baptist Church in De Queen and had an unmatched fondness for salmon fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dana Lynn Leeper and Shanda Marie Diehle; and one brother, Darrell “Chip” Leeper.

Charlotte leaves to cherish her loving memory, one brother, Joel Ed Leeper and his wife Celia of Grand Blanc, Michigan; one sister, Kelly Schell of De Queen; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as, other relatives and many friends throughout the community.

Private memorial services for Ms. Charlotte Martin will be held at a later date. Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Wanda Haarmeyer

Mrs. Wanda Lee Watkins Haarmeyer, age 91, resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, August 7, 2020, in the Wadley Regional Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was fifth of eleven children born to Aaron Monroe and Cynthia Myrtle Guthrie Watkins on April 5, 1929 in Andrews, Texas. She married the love of her life, Herbert Arthur Haarmeyer, on January 28, 1945 in Andrews. Together, she and Herb, faithfully served as foster parents for than 30 years. During this time, they loved and cared for more than 100 children. Wanda kept the home and was a member of De Queen First Assembly of God. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, playing cards and dominoes, painting and the casino, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of more than 48 years, Herb Haarmeyer; six brothers, Ray, Charles, Allen, Bill, Orval and James Watkins; three sisters, Dorris Serratt, Loraine Hitch and Geneva Watkins; and one son-in-law, Dude Mitchell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons and daughters-in-law, Jerral and Lynda Haarmeyer of Gillham, Arkansas, David and Brenda Haarmeyer of Hughes Springs, Texas, Herbie and Kathy Haarmeyer of Gillham, Arkansas, and Jason Haarmeyer of Oklahoma; two daughters, Cindy Riley of Gillham, Arkansas and Kimberly and Michael Thompkins of Mena, Arkansas; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Sue Thornhill of Sherman, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Carol Watkins of Gillham, Arkansas, Betty Watkins of Roanoke, Virginia, and Diane Watkins of Carlsbad, New Mexico; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Haarmeyer will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the Gillham Cemetery, with Bros. Shane Haarmeyer and David Haarmeyer, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. General viewing will be held Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

David Sherry

Mr. David Leonard Sherry was born in Vivian, Louisiana on May 2, 1948 to the late John D. Sherry and Louise Collins Sherry. David passed from this life on August 4, 2020, at home with family by his side.

David was an Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. He worked most of his life as a section foreman for KCS Railroad. He loved fishing, hunting and most of all, spending time with his grandkids.

David was an Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. He worked most of his life as a section foreman for KCS Railroad. He loved fishing, hunting and most of all, spending time with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Patti S. Sherry; and one brother, John D. Sherry.

David is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Delores Sherry of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Christina Sherry of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; oldest grandson, Noah and wife Audrey Sherry of Fayetteville, Arkansas and youngest grandson, Nikolas Sherry of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; one sister, Pat Harrison of Bakersfield, California; special loved ones, Shawna and Gina Albritton; as well as, nieces and nephews.

Private Military Services will be held in Vivian, Louisiana, with burial following at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens in Vivian. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, in honor of David.

Rev. Calvin Harold Brewer

Rev. Calvin Harold Brewer, age 95, left his earthly home and was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 3, 2020.

He was born in Gillham, AR in 1924, where he lived until joining the U.S. Army for 3 years of service during World War II.  Thereafter, he attended East Texas Baptist University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in preparation for ministry in the Southern Baptist denomination.

Rev. Brewer’s passion in life was faithful service for Jesus Christ.  He pastored churches in Mixon, TX, Blossom, TX and Lawrence, KS, before returning to Arkansas for pastorates in Hatfield, Warren, Ashdown, and Beebe.  He completed his ministerial career at Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen.

He was a man of great integrity, who sought not only to teach the principles found in the Bible, but to faithfully live accordingly.  He loved his extended family and the members of the congregations which he served deeply.

Rev. Brewer was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Bernice Watkins Brewer, and his later wife of 20 years, Faye Runnels Mobbs Brewer; parents Charles and Ida Brewer; sister Mattie Churchwell; and bothers Arvil, Edward, Edgar, and Alvin Brewer.

He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Stieben, and son, Dwight Brewer and wife Debbie, all of Houston, TX; sisters Marie Kelly, Ruth Jackson, and Vera Johnson; brother Donald Brewer; step-daughters Gerry Robison and Teresa Evans; step-son Jeff Mobbs and wife Edie; 8 grandchildren; and 10 step-grandchildren.

Burial is at Valley Cemetery, near Gilliam, AR, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

William D. Sherman

William D. Sherman, age 89, passed from this life Thursday, August 6, 2020, in Irving, Texas.

Mr. Sherman was born August, 29, 1930, in Big Fork, Arkansas to Paul and Dora Faulkner Sherman. William married Joyce Houser Sherman. They lived in Provo, Arkansas and raised five children. Will retired from Weyerhaeuser in Dierks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Dora Faulkner Sherman; one daughter, Anita Sherman Hargrove; one granddaughter, Jamie Green; and his brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Sherman of Irving, Texas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry and Gail Sherman of Texarkana, Arkansas and Ronnie Sherman of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two daughters and three sons-in-law, Elaine and Glen Owens of Nashville, Arkansas, Glenna and Larry Dunaway of Nashville, and Larry Hargrove of De Queen, Arkansas; two step daughters, Sharon and Bobby Enberg of Irving, and Laverne and Mike Richards of Decatur, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sherman will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2020, at Mc Horse Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A general viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 9th at the funeral home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Joseph Dean “Joe” Kesterson

Joseph Dean “Joe” Kesterson, age 83, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Thursday, August 6, 2020, in Talihina, Oklahoma.

He was born September 24, 1936, in Gillham, Arkansas. Mr. Kesterson was a rancher, mechanic, United States Navy Veteran, and a Mason. He was an avid horseman and enjoyed his cattle and watching a good dog bay.

Mr. Kesterson was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward and Ruth Arizona Mize Kesterson; his wife, Theaola Christine Marsh Kesterson; one brother, Coleman Kesterson; and one great grandson, Joshua Elvin Tadlock.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Paul Tadlock and Twila and Kendall Wilson; one son, Lorin Kesterson, all of Wickes; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jeff Kesterson of Gillham, Clovis and Jennifer Kesterson of Vandervort, Arkansas, and Basil and Penny Kesterson of Wickes; five grandchildren and their spouses, Josh Tadlock of Wickes, Jennifer and Jacob Harrington of Ada, Oklahoma, Kayla and Kenny Herlacher of Augusta, Georgia, Clayton and  Carolyn Bree Kesterson of Wickes, and Alyssa Wilson of Wickes; 12 great grandchildren, Kylie, Jacie, Landrie, Maggie Joe, and Charlie Kate Tadlock, Carlee and Emma Harrington, Brianna, KylieAnne and Easton Herlacher, Joseph Weston and Millie Jean Kesterson.

Graveside services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Chris Burke officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Timothy Eugene Frady

Timothy Eugene Frady, age 47, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his home.

He was born March 6, 1973, in Texarkana, Texas. Timothy was a surveyor for Golden Fields and attended the Church of Christ. He loved to hunt, fish, play pool, and drag race.

He is survived by his parents, Jimmie Lee Frady, Sr. and Mary Ellen Averitt Frady; three sons, Briar Lee Frady of Haworth, Oklahoma, Timothy Thorn Frady of Winthrop, and Gus Frady also of Winthrop; one brother, Jimmie Lee Frady, Jr.; one sister, Bea Chronister of Heavener, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mr. Frady will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020, at JM Averitt Cemetery with Leon Klitz officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Glenda Sue Brock Hogden

Mrs. Glenda Sue Brock Hogden, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born April 15, 1953, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended Fellowship Baptist Church and Holly Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hogden was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Mack and Effie Lois Reed Brock.

She is survived by her husband, Nelson Hogden; one daughter, Lisa Tucker of Hope, Arkansas; one step-son, Wayne Hogden of Texas; one sister, Sharon Ackley of Nashville; an aunt and uncle, Lois and Fred Hogden of Orange, Texas; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Molly and Robert Smith of Orange; and one brother-in-law, Randall Morris also of Orange; three grandchildren, Laken Fant, Alexis Lee, and Miles Reid; and four great grandchildren.

A general viewing will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6th at the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel in Dierks. Cremation will follow.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Zayleigh Isabel Lopez Burris

Miss Zayleigh Isabel Lopez Burris was born to Frank Ulises Lopez and Roshunda Diane Burris at 1:56 P.M., Thursday, July 30, 2020, at UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas, and passed peacefully from this life later that day.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Edward and Ruth Bradley, Isabel Burris and Johnny Fields; and her paternal great-grandparents, Isauro Lopez Sanchez, Jose Puga and Reynalda Pulido.

She is survived by her mother and father, Roshunda Burris and Frank Lopez, both of De Queen; one brother, Zion Amir Ulises Burris Lopez of De Queen; maternal grandparents, Roosevelt and Dianna Bradley of Foreman; paternal grandparents, Francisco and Senorina Lopez of De Queen; paternal great-grandmother, Delfina Alcoser Vidal; her God-parents, Anthony and Roswitha Pearl of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jose Hernandez and Reyna Lopez, both of De Queen; paternal aunts and uncles, Delfina Lopez, Tevita Lopez, Isauro Lopez and Jose Ahmed, all of De Queen, Jose Lopez of Anaheim, California, and Reyna Lopez of De Queen; maternal aunts and uncle, Roswitha Pearl of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Alisha Williams of Russellville, Arkansas and Chad Rodgers of Texarkana, Arkansas; as well as, other relatives and family friends.

Funeral Services for Miss Zayleigh Lopez Burris will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ramses Mendieta and Rev. Ronnie “Shoebox” Keener officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends for a come-and-go visitation from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The use of a face mask or covering will be required during the time of visitation and funeral service.

Mrs. Martha Sue Stansbury

Mrs. Martha Sue Stansbury, age 89, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Saturday, August 1, 2020, in Texarkana.

She was born November 11, 1930, Searcy, Arkansas. Mrs. Stansbury was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Mrs. Stansbury was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Charles Elston and Ruby Higginson Messer; three husbands, Terry W. Owens, David Casteel and Elvis Stansbury; and two brothers, Charles and Donald Messer.

She is survived by eight children and their spouses, Brenda and Rodney Young, Marty and Ginger Casteel, Carolyn Voss, Monty and Pam Casteel, Terry and Ann Owens, Beverly and Ronnie Chandler, Kay and Mike Ayers, and Patricia and John Traut; 14 grandchildren; and a number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Viewing  for Mrs. Stansbury will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at the funeral home in De Queen followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Juana Antonia Herrera

Juana Antonia Herrera, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday August 1, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born December 8, 1959, in Ilobusco, Cabanas, El Salvador.  Mrs. Herrera was a Catholic, and a homemaker. She loved to cook, sew and loved spending time with her family and being around kids.

Mrs. Herrera was preceded in death by her parents, Joaquin Ayala and Maria Herrera; her husband, Andres Rony Zepeda; one sister, Felicita Herrera; two brothers, Gregorio Herrera and Jose Herrera and one grand-daughter, Yasary Herrera.

She is survived by one daughter, Xiomara Herrera of De Queen; one son, Napoléon Ramos of Fort Smith, Arkansas; one brother, Joaquin Herrera of El Salvador; one sister, Alidia Herrera of Fort Smith; and four nieces, Nery Arias and husband Mario Mejia, Ana Mejia, Neri Mejia and Milagros Mejia.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Herrera will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery pavilion with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time on August 5th.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

William F. “Bill” Pogue

William F. “Bill” Pogue, age 94, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, August 1, 2020, in Ashdown.

He was born March 1, 1926 in San Gabriel, Texas. He was retired from the construction business, was a U.S. Army veteran, and  a member of  the Williamson Community Church in Horatio.

Mr. Pogue was preceded in death by his parents, Coy Ronald and Nora Jenkins Pogue;  his wife of 71 years Ruth Elizabeth Pogue; five brothers, Alfred Pogue, Jessie Pogue, Gerald Pogue, Tommy Pogue and Pat Pogue and one great granddaughter, Kelly Blake Casteel.

He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Darell Rankin, JoAnn and Paul Casteel, and Johnnie and Edward Williamson; six grandsons and their spouses, Heath and Sharon Casteel, Derek and Crystal Rankin, Doug and Sarah Casteel, Darren and Shantae Rankin, Coy and Stacy Williamson, and Justin and Tara Williamson; ten great grandchildren, Cassady, Sydney, Kinley, Chandler, Gavin, Sarah, Paige, Luke, Rykor, and Emily; a special niece, Judy Davis and number of nieces and nephews.

Private graveside funeral services for Mr. Pogue will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in Millwee Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Little River Nursing Home and Encompass Health Hospice of Texarkana.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Robert McKinley

Mr. Robert Lee McKinley, age 80, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born to Russell and Alice Camille Arnold McKinley on January 24, 1940 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a 1959 graduate of De Queen High School. Following graduation, he married the love of his life, Linda Ruth McWhorter, in Idabel, Oklahoma, and to this union, three children were born. He worked as a Serviceman for General Telephone Company of Texarkana, retiring after more than 20 years of service. Robert was a former member of Rock Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent visiting at his shop with his children, brothers and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 40 years, Linda McKinley; his daughter, Tiffany Deanette McKinley; and one brother, John McKinley.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Donna McKinley and James and Vona McKinley, all of Horatio; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Steve McKinley of Horatio; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.