Monday, August 2, 2021

Obituaries

Mrs. Carolyn Braud

Mrs. Carolyn Wolcott Braud, age 78, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, July 30, 2021 at her home.

Carolyn was born the first of three children born to the union of Robert Roy and Alma Wells Wolcott on January 20, 1943, in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a 1961 graduate of the Keene Adventist Junior College, Keene, Texas. She married the love of her life, Richard Clarence Braud, on December 20, 1964, in De Queen, and to this union, one daughter was born. Carolyn worked as an Elementary Educator, owned Redo Upholstery in De Queen, and worked as a public seamstress. She was of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and enjoyed quilting, crafts, genealogy, and spending time with her grandchildren, loving family, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her loving husband of over 42 years, Richard Braud; and her father and mother-in-law, Henry and Winona Braud.

Those left to cherish the loving memories of Carolyn include her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and George Stanley DeVore of De Queen; two grandchildren, Joycelyn DeVore of Texarkana, and Curtis DeVore of De Queen; one sister Joyce Sparacino of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Odean and Sue Wolcott of De Queen; brother-in-law, Curtis P. Braud and his wife Barbara of Clinton, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Kling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Darlene Matheson of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Carolyn Braud will be held at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Beacon Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. John Gutierres Officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Marie Wigley

Mrs. Marie Scott Wigley, age 86, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at her home.

Marie was born the second of six children to the union of Floyd Odell and Edna Laverne Brooks Scott on June 14, 1935, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life, James Lavoy Wigley, in 1952 in De Queen. She and James operated a Chinchilla farm in Oregon before moving back to Southwest Arkansas to work for Weyerhaeuser Company. She worked in the Weyco Veneer plant in Dierks and later as a caretaker and homemaker. Marie was a member of McDonald Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and attended Grace Baptist Church in De Queen. She was member of a birdwatching club in Booneville, and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, puzzles, fishing, saving “critters”, and watching her Cardinal, “Traveler”. Marie could do anything she set her mind to. She was ever-so creative and could make anything you could imagine, giving she had the materials.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her loving husband of over 63 years, James Wigley; daughter-in-law, Kay Wigley; great-granddaughter, Shaina Wigley; and three brothers, Chester, Ronnie, and Charles Scott.

Marie leaves to cherish her loving memory, three sons, Ralph Wigley of Jacksonville, Richard Wigley of Arkansas, and Doug (Kathy) Wigley of Cove; one daughter, Kathy (Donald) Parker of De Queen; twelve grandchildren, Tony, James, Tami, Heather, Tara, Amanda, Jennifer, Brandi, Tony, Doug Jr., Robert, and Steve; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Keys of Washington, and Carolyn Killian of Green Forest; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marie Wigley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, August 2, 2021, at Grace Baptist Church, De Queen, with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cove, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will be gathering at the home of T.C. Massey, 941 East Stillwell Ave., De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Wendy Cruz Aragon

Miss Wendy Cruz Aragon, age 21, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in De Queen.

Wendy was born August 5, 1999, in Ixcamilpa de Guerroro, PUE, Mexico to Esmeralda Aragon Vasquez. She was a 2017 graduate of De Queen High School and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Wendy received many blessings in her life: family and friends, but her great blessing came when she welcomed her perfect baby boy, Jayden, into the world in 2019. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends, her family, and her precious son.

Those left to cherish the many wonderful memories of Wendy include her son, Jayden of De Queen; her parents, Esmeralda Aragon and Sergio Tobar of De Queen; one brother, Sergio J. Tobar of De Queen; uncles, aunts and their spouses, Mario Aragon (Gabriella Hernandez) of De Queen, Candida Aragon (Freddy Chavarria) of Springdale, Louis Aragon (Diana Aragon) of Chicago, and Marilu Aragon of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Miss Wendy Cruz Aragon will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 31, 2021, at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Rosary Services will begin at 8:00 P.M., Friday, July 30th, at St. Barbara Catholic Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Eddy Martin

Mr. William Edwin Martin, Jr., affectionately known as “Eddy”, age 63, of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his home.

Eddy was born to William Edwin Martin, Sr., and Mildred Modene Aday on December 16, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. He was a 1976 graduate of Lockesburg High School and worked in different capacities throughout his life. Eddy worked in animal services for the county and state, construction, and a number of years for Pilgrims Pride in De Queen. He enjoyed music, especially ‘70s Rock-N-Roll. Most of all, Eddy cherished the time spent with his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Hulse; and his second wife, Sherry Martin.

Those left to cherish the many loving memories of Eddy include, his wife, Jessica Richard of Vandervoort; two daughters and their spouses, Brandy and Stacey Ellis of Denton, Texas, and Misty and Jeff McDonald of De Queen; one son and his spouse, Cory and Christy Mickle of De Queen; two step-children, Josie Richard and Joby Richard, both of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Vann, LaRon, Rayne, Jaxson, Cain, Carlie, and Cayla; his father, John Hulse of Lockesburg; three brothers, Chuck (JoAnn) Martin of Lockesburg, Scott Martin of Texarkana, and John (Becky) Hulse of Canyon Lake; two sisters, Terry (Mike) Rambin of Mt. Vernon, and Tammi Lee Johnson of Wylie; two uncles, Rodger (Connie) Aday of Kauffman, and Jimmy Aday of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Family led Memorial Services for Mr. Eddy Martin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Old Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Linda Elvest Powell

Mrs. Linda Elvest Jones Powell, age 74, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas and former resident of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, passed Monday, July 26, 2021, surrounded by her family.

She was born to Vollie and Sadie Elvest Fonville Jones on May 23, 1947, in Pittsburg, Penn. She completed her education in Pennsylvania and made her career in banking. She enjoyed crafting, and spending time with her son and his family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Leslie Powell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law, Darnell R. and Deidre Crump of Lockesburg, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Domenique Crump of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Tamberlyn Nelson of Lockesburg, three great-grandchildren, Makayla McMorris, Liyah Belill, and Donte Rodriguez all of Arkadelphia.

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

 

 

Otha Gerald Wimpee

Otha Gerald Wimpee, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

He was born January 21, 1949 in Kilgore, Texas. Gerald was a map maker for Weyerhaeuser. He was a route salesman for Lance for 10 years. He was a long distant truck driver until he retired. He was an amazing drummer, loved to write music and photography. He loved his children and giving them advice. Best advice: words unspoken aren’t even words, Be sure to share your words with those you love.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Otha and Lois Wimpee. Brother-in-law, Jimmie Dunn.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Scott Bowden of De Queen; two sons, Brad and his wife Buffy Wimpee of De Queen and Tristin Richey Wimpee of Fairview, OK; two sisters, Nelda Dunn of De Queen and Barbara and Bobby Harrison of Horatio, AR; three nieces, Lori Dunn, Jennifer and Mark Shortridge of De Queen, Bethany Baracosa of Benton, AR; three great nieces and nephews, Duncan, Dovie, Drew.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wimpee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 29, 2021 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Fisher officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July the 28th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Danielle Irene Ross

Danielle Irene Ross, age 15, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 27, 2005 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a student at Horatio High School. She enjoyed fishing, riding horses, singing, dancing, and aggravating her little sister and brother.

Danielle was preceded in death by her grandpa, Billy Joe Ross, Sr.; maternal uncle, John Keith and one great grandpa, David Jones.

She is survived by her parents, Billy Joe, Jr., and Christy Ross her biological mother; Aleasha Kring; godfather, Felipe Linares; brothers and sisters, Christopher Key, Kourtney and Kyle Davis, Nicolas Toothman, Karlie Ross and Dawson Ross; one niece, Klaira Davis and one nephew, Klayton Davis and one soon to be nephew, Konner Wesley Davis; paternal aunts and uncles, Mandi Ross, Tamisa and Chris Smith, Nicole and Jason Hilton, Sean Womble, Chrystal and Jeff Kellum, Robin and Steven McAllister, Charlotte Kaye, Chrystal Bradford and Randy and Mindy Hicks; paternal grandmother, Lisa Jones; paternal grandparents, David and Kathy Womble; maternal aunts and uncles, Jessica and Keith Mays, Deborah Kring, Grandpa, Jay Green, Uncles, Bo Green, Nicki and Julie Green, Dwight Green, Cory and Sarah Green and a number of cousins and other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Danielle are pending at this time and will be announced by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Breona Kate Hutson

Breona Kate Hutson, age 23, a resident of De Kalb, Texas, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 in De Kalb.

She was born March 6, 1998 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a C.N.A. She grew up in the Old Time Gospel Church and loved riding 4-wheelers, hunting, fishing and her dogs, Chico and Lilly.

Breona was preceded in death by her grandparents, Danny Crow, George Hutson, and Larry Hutson; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Hutson.

She is survived by two sons, Carter and Elijah Clemons of De Kalb; her fiancé, Gustavo Luna of De Kalb; her parents, Benjamin and Durinda Hutson of New Hope, Arkansas and Bryce Hutson of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three sisters, Eden and Rylie Hutson of New Hope and Brylee Hutson of Lockesburg; one brother, Cody Purcell of Arkansas; her grandparents, Benny and Rita Simmons of Provo, Arkansas, Tilly Hutson of Lockesburg and Donna Hutson of De Kalb; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Breona will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jerrel Helms and Jessica Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

Katie Aline Miller Nickerson

Mrs. Katie Aline Miller Nickerson, age 96, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Ashdown. She was born August 21, 1924 in Burkburnett, Texas.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and caring for her family, having great love for her children and all of her grandchildren. She loved to cook and among her specialties were strawberry shortcake, country-fried potatoes, and her tomato gravy.

She enjoyed feeding her hummingbirds and welcomed their arrival each spring. She also loved to read.

Mrs. Nickerson was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Willie Pratt Beall Miller; her husband, James Lawrence Nickerson; two sons: Everett Nickerson and Edward Gene Nickerson; one infant son, Johnny Ray Nickerson; three brothers: C.B. Miller, Merritt Miller, and D.L. Miller; one sister, Mary Anna Zacharias, and one granddaughter, Kathryn Vance-Willis; one grandson, Steve Allen. She was predeceased by two great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Trilby Vance of De Queen, Arkansas; Janet Rhodes and husband, Jim Rhodes of Nashville, Arkansas; two sons, David Nickerson of De Queen; and Jimmie Nickerson and wife Susan of Fouke, Arkansas; twenty grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren; and eighteen great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves one very special lifelong friend, Margaret Klitz, of Winthrop.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nickerson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Larry Sherman officiating. A private burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in the chapel.

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

 

 

Lilia “Liliana” Durān Anaya

Ms. Lilia “Liliana” Durān Anaya, age 42, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 27, 1978 in La Enredadora, Jerecuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a member of New Life Church in De Queen. Lilia made sure her children knew they were loved especially on birthdays and holidays; she loved taking care of her children. She enjoyed going to church, cleaning, drinking glass bottle cokes and loved to shop at goodwill.

Ms. Durān was preceded in death by one sister, Leticia Durān; one aunt, Balvina Anaya Tinajero.

She is survived by her parents, Erasmo and Oralia Anaya Durān of La Enredadora, Guanajuato, Mexico; four daughters and one son, Saleni Rojas Durān, Angeles Alicia Rojas Durān, Nayeli Rojas Durān, Jose Martin Rojas Durān, Jr., Jacqueline Aguilar Durān, one granddaughter, Avery Anne Webb; one son-in-law, Phillip Joseph Webb; six sisters and three brothers, Lorena Durān Anaya, Leonel Durān Anaya, Maurilia Durān Anaya, Eloisa Durān Anaya, Maria Hilda Durān Anaya, Eloisa Durān Anaya, Jose Antonio Durān Anaya, Diana Durān Anaya, Noemi Durān Anaya, Jose Erasmo Durān Anaya; father of her children, Jose Martin Rojas Hernandez and one very special friend, Gabrielle Thrailkill.

Funeral services for Ms. Durān will be held at 2:00p.m., Monday, July 19, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jacob Morales and Pastor Cyrus Alvarado officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the funeral home.

Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Mrs. Evelyn Ford

Mrs. Evelyn Avalyne Thomas Ford, age 78, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

She was the second of seven children born to Harold Mayo and Verna Louise Oglesby Thomas on July 19, 1942, in Arkinda, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dan Russell Ford, Sr., on March 7, 1959, in De Queen, and to this union, three children were born. Evelyn retired from the Horatio School System after several years of lunchroom service. She and Dan are members of the Horatio Church of Christ and she enjoyed fishing, cooking, and garage sales. More than anything she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Louise Smith; father, Harold Thomas; son, Dan Russell “Rusty” Ford, Jr., in 1898; and siblings, Betty Tolleson, Harold Thomas, Eugene Thomas and Glenna Tuttle.

Left to cherish her loving memory include her husband of over 62 years, Dan Ford, Sr. of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, LaDonna and Danny Goins of Horatio, and Sherry and James Nelson of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Kristi and Wade Scott of Horatio, Holly and Steve Jarrell of Hensley, Codi and Jeff English of Little Rock and Jami and Zane Moor of De Queen; five great-grandchildren,Cali Jarrell, Tucker Scott, Abbi Wester, Erin English and Dani Wester; two sisters and their spouses, Janet and Joe Sumrell of Ashdown, and Lola and G.A. Cearly of Vandervoort; as well as, nieces , nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Evelyn Ford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 16, 2021, at West Otis Cemetery, with Cy Davis and Bobby Tatum, Ministers, 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., Thursday, at the funeral home. you may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

William “Pep” Brown, Jr.

Mr. William Aubrey Brown, Jr., affectionately known as “Pep”, passed from this life on July 10, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, after having attained the age of 64 years and two months.

Pep was born to the union of William Aubrey Brown, Sr., and Jeraldean Clayton Brown on May 10, 1957, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a 1975 graduate of De Queen High School and worked for the Treating Plant in De Queen. Once the Treating Plant closed, Pep went to work De Queen and Eastern Railroad. After retirement, his time was spent with his friends, loving family, and doting nieces and nephews. He was an avid fan of Duke basketball and all other sports. He enjoyed bowling and playing dominoes with his family and friends.

Pep was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Regina Kay Brown; and a special domino buddy, Charles Tramble.

Those left to cherish his loving memory include one brother, Michael Brown of De Queen; three sisters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown of De Queen, and Rhonda (Michael) Brown Tucker of Seneca, South Carolina. He was known as “Uncle Pep” to his loving nieces and nephews, Derrick (Latoria) Whitmore, Alisha (Ricky) Williams, Greg (Lashayla) White, Andre Dade, Fantashia White, and Michael Brown; and his great nieces and nephews, Kobi, Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson, Gavin, and Xavier. Pep is also survived by his aunts, Flora Pierce, Maime Manus, and Josephine Brown of Longview, Texas, and Velma Jean McElroy of Carson, California; special friends, Eddie Lee and Francis Johnson, Martha Powell, Elizabeth Hughes, Leroy Nelson, Michael Jackson, and Mearl Robinson; as well as, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. William “Pep” Brown, Jr., will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 17, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Richard Carr, Eulogist, officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be general, Thursday through Saturday morning, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Pallbearers will be Gary Parker, Leroy Nelson, Benny Mack, Tim Boyles, Greg White, and Tony Whitmore.

 

Mr. William Bruce Crow

William Bruce Crow, 73, of Ashdown passed away Friday June 25, in Texarkana, TX. Bruce spent his early days in Arkansas and Oregon until his family settled in Arkansas. He went to work at an early age working at Mountain Air Chicken Plant, Weyerheauser, Spotlight where he met his wife Jean, and Efird Ford. He also owned and worked a family business cleaning and yard service. He retired from Domtar in 2009 after 25 years. Bruce loved the Lord and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church serving as Deacon for 28 years serving the Lord faithfully always willing to help wherever needed. He attended Bowie Baptist Training Center. Bruce loved his family working hard to provide for them. He enjoyed being outdoors spending many hours on his tractor and riding lawn mower.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years Lilly Jean Cowart Crow, his parents Bruce and Bonnie Crow.
He is survived by his wife Jerry Crow of Ashdown; His daughter and Son-in-Law Gloria and Charles Cox; A Son and Daughter-in-Law Brent and Stephanie Crow; Sister Bonita Ward of Lockesburg; Two Brothers and sister-in-law Clayton and Betty Crow of Lockesburg, and Wesley and Mica Crow of Ashdown; Sisters-in law and brothers-in-Law Patsy and Benny Herrington of Texarkana and Nan and Steve Beedle of Ashdown; 5 Grandchildren George, Nathan, Jake, and Andrew Cox, and Erin Crow
Visitation will be 1:00 till 2:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ashdown prior to the funeral. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 at the church with Jim Cross and Corey Perkins officiating.
 
Graveside service will be private.
Online registration Maddenfuneralservice.com

 

 

Ezra Eugene Buck

Mr. Ezra Eugene Buck, age 46, a resident of Conway, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Conway. 

He was born May 27, 1975, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Mr. Buck was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Ann Teague Buck.

He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Becky Buck of Nashville, Arkansas; two sisters, Lavel Hollaway of Melbourne, Florida and Teenia Rodriquez of Pensacola, Florida; one stepsister, Jonie Evans of Nashville; one stepbrother, Philip Mascarenas of Nashville and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Buck will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Crosspoint Cowboy Church in Nashville, Arkansas. Burial will follow at the Bluff Springs Cemetery with Bro. Don Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10th at the church.

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

 

 

Eduardo Trejo Alvarado

Mr. Eduardo Trejo Alvarado, age 30, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed unexpectedly from this life on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

He was born to Juan Manuel Trejo Resendiz and Ernestina Alvarado Hernandez on May 15, 1991, in Zimapan, Hidalgo, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Crispina M. Ramirez, on September 13, 2013, in De Queen, and to this union, three beautiful children were born. Eduardo worked as a home builder for Hurst Custom Homes and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church. He enjoyed music, playing the accordion, dancing, and carpentry work, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and many friends.

Eduardo is survived by his loving wife, Crispina M. Ramirez of De Queen; their children, Mireya, Alma, and Josiah Trejo Ramirez of De Queen; his parents, Juan Manuel Trejo Rezendiz and Ernestina Alvarado Hernandez of Mexico; two brothers, David and Juan Manuel Trejo Alvarado of Mexico; three sisters, Lourdes, Guadalupe, and Liliana Trejo Alvarado of Mexico; grandparents, Eva Hernandez Aguilar, Patricio Alvarado Munoz, Gilberto Trejo Dicha, and Viriginia Rezendiz Ortiz, all of Mexico; aunts and uncles, Gilberto, Ester, Rosa, Angelica, Angilia, and Marco Antonio Trejo Rameriz, all of Mexico; nieces and nephews, Brian Manuel Trejo, Camila Zahory Trejo Alvarado, Danna Paula Martinez Trejo, and Santiago Trejo Ramirez, all of Mexico; as well as, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Eduardo Trejo Alvarado will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 9, 2021, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center of St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held in Mexico. Rosary and vigil services will begin at 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the Pastoral Center. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Elmo Watson King

Elmo Watson “Chuck” King who served his family, friends, fellow man, and communities with great strength and vigor for 96 years is with his Lord and Savior today after passing Wednesday June 30th near his home at Canyon Lake, Texas. Chuck proudly served his country in WWll in the South Pacific aboard the USS Tennessee Naval Battleship. From his own writing; “Born the fifth in a string of ten on a farm in SW Arkansas in a home my dad cut and sawed from the timber” he was son of Louis Ferdinand King and Eunice June Fritz.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his two children, Mary Catherine Patton, and brothers Norman, L.F., Merlin, Bert, Paul, and sister Vonnie Thornton with his dear sister Holly “Sissy” Bush still residing nearby in their home state of Arkansas. Chuck will be laid to rest beside his granddaughter Traci Swinehart (daughter of Lesa) in his birthplace Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Chuck is survived by his best friend and wife, Rosalie King, of 25 years who was holding his hand as they did each night at bedtime and was cheek to cheek in an embrace when her love . Children Gaylin Russell King and Lesa Gale Lyon along with their spouses Diana King and Eric Lyon survive him with Jennifer Loupes and Catherine Bridges daughters of Gaylin and Diana. Many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, stepchildren Mike, Pat and Mary Lynn enjoyed “Papa Chuck” and Grandma Rosie’s retired years at Lake Greeson, Arkansas playing on the lake and enjoying the outdoors, learning water sports, boating, fishing, flipping pancakes and eating biscuits and gravy!

Elmo Watson “Chuck” King was a kind and gentle man who served teaching Sunday school, as a deacon and on many civic boards. After retiring from the Southern Pacific Railroad, Chuck owned and operated several successful businesses throughout the years which benefitted from his grit, perseverance and tenacity that we all respected. He was a “man’s man” in his son’s words and early son-in-law PJ Alden concurs and yet a most tender and loving man to daughter Lesa, Rosie, her daughter Mary Lynn and all who have had the pleasure of knowing the treasure of this great man’s heart and legacy. “DON’T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS”, “GOD WILLING”, “FORGIVE US WHERE WE FAIL THEE”, “LOVE YOU WERY WERY MUCH” and “OH ROS-A-LIE” will resonate in our hearts forever. See you at the “Far Side Banks of Jordon” and we know you will shout with joy when we see you again!

Graveside funeral services for Mr. King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 9, 2021 in the Lockesburg Cemetery with Pastor Rick Gregory officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Mrs. Patsy Hacker

Mrs. Patsy Lansdell Hacker, age 69, of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed from this life, Sunday, July 4, 2021, at her home with family by her side.

Patsy was born the youngest of ten children to the union of Guy and Mattie Beasley Lansdell on February 9, 1952, in DeKalb, Texas. She was a 1970 graduate of Winthrop High School, and on October 22, 1970, married the love of her life, O’Neal Clarence Hacker. Patsy was a homemaker and member of Winthrop First Baptist Church. She had an unshakeable faith and even in the end, prayed without ceasing. She maintained her love and concern for the salvation of her family and many friends. When she was able, she enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, keeping the home, and was an avid Elvis Presley fan. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with O’Neal, their children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Mattie Lansdell; her twin brother, Pat Lansdell; and two sisters, Mary Branson and Pauline Lansdell.

Patsy leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 50 years, O’Neal Hacker of Winthrop; son and daughter-law, Johnny and Robyn Hacker of Foreman; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Josh Tabler of Ben Lomond; four grandchildren, Amber (Marty) Clayton of Foreman, Kaleb Hacker of Foreman, Madi Tabler of Ben Lomond, and Landon Tabler of Ben Lomond; one great-grandchild, William Clayton of Foreman; three brothers and their spouses, Truman (Judy) Lansdell of Winthrop, Vernon (Ruth) Lansdell of Alleene, and Herman Lansdell of Hooks, Texas; three sisters and their spouses, Roma Lee (Tommy) Bryan of Foreman, Lillian (Keith) Springer of Foreman, and Martha Taylor of Hooks, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Patsy Hacker will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Winthrop First Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravelly Cemetery, Foreman, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, at Winthrop First Baptist Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Jessie Faye Zanzeburg

Jessie Faye Zanzeberg, age 79, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died Friday, July 2, 2021 at her daughter’s home.

Mrs. Zanzeberg was born July 4, 1941 in Wickes, Arkansas. She was a member of Grannis Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary Jenkins Blanton; her siblings, Betty Cooke, Kelcey Blanton, Ed Blanton, her twin brother Junior Ray Blanton, , Rosalee Barber and Virgil Blanton.

Mrs. Zanzeberg is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joe Zanzeberg; one daughter and son-in-law, Diann and Wayne Wise of Grannis; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rickey and Melissa Zanzeberg and Fred and Lisa Zanzeberg, all of Grannis; seven grandchildren, Jason and Gina Goodman of Bentonville, Arkansas, Tiffany Wise of Grannis, Kellie Wise of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Carlos and Kayla Rodriguez of De Queen, Chance and Courtney Zanzeberg of Grannis, Jorge and Carrie Abarca of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Clint and Kim Brown of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Heath Zanzeberg of Van Cove, Arkansas; eleven great-grandchildren, Kensley, Meredith, Ale, Tabatha, Brailey, and Kyndal; step-grandchildren, Annalise, Kaitlyn, Axton, Kristian, Colton, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Zanzeberg will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday July 5. 2021 in the Grannis Cemetery with John Wisinger officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Sue Wagoner

Mrs. Betty Sue Huckaby Wagoner, age 74, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at her home.

Sue was one of nine children born to the union of Felix Harrison and Argie Louise Ramsey Huckaby on October 18, 1946, in De Queen. She was a 1964 graduate of De Queen High School and went to further her education at beauty school. She worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant, Beautician, and later as a cook for the De Queen School Cafeteria, retiring after 15 years of service. She married Sol B. Wagoner, on January 27, 1996, to share the next 25 loving years. She was a Baptist and member of Old Time Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She was exceptionally proud of her 27-year remission of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sue was a collector of Santa Clause figurines and lighthouses, was an avid Elvis Pressley fan, and enjoyed yardwork, and taking care of everyone. More than anything, Sue cherished the time spent with Sol, their children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Ramsey, Marvin, Donnie, Lonnie, and Glen Huckaby; and a grandchild, Kody Firm.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Sue include, her loving husband, Sol Wagoner of Horatio; their children, Cheryl Firm of De Queen, Shannon (Jaimie) Crabtree of Texarkana, Shonda (Mark) Hannah of Eagletown, a special exchange daughter Nathalie Giorgi of Switzerland, Rene Chandler of Valliant, Mya (Tom) Duboyce of Colorado Springs, and Russell (Brandy) Law of Malvern; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Emalene) Huckaby of De Queen; two sisters, Marje Harbolt of Joplin, and Linda Dean of De Queen; her mother-in-law, Marcella Olochia of Murfreesboro; as well as, other former exchange students, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sue Wagoner will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, July 5, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Tim Bowlin and Mike Jannise officiating. Burial will follow at Avon Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M., to service time, Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Old Time Missionary Baptist Church, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in honor of Mrs. Sue Wagoner.

 

 

Lucy Fay Evans Robb

Lucy Fay Evans Robb, age 63, passed from this earth Monday, June 28, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas with her children by her side. She was born on Thursday, October 24, 1957 to Henry and Gladys Evans in De Queen, Arkansas.

Lucy loved to love people. She had a gigantic heart and was the most loving, selfless and supportive mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. Lucy was a dedicated mother first and foremost, she was very proud of her children and cherished every moment spent with them. She treasured her children, but the love she had for her grandbabies was immense. She is the shining example of how to live every day loving others and never went a day without letting the ones she knew how much she truly loved them. Lucy was always smiling and happy to help her customers while developing countless friendships being team member of EZ-Mart for over 27 years, that smile will be missed by all who knew her. Lucy was truly a strong, courageous person all of her life and fought a good fight until the very end.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Henry and Gladys Evans; two nephews; three nieces and one great nephew.

Lucy is survived by her son and daughter in law, David and Tonya Robb of Hope; her daughter, Melissa Robb of Grannis; the father of her children, James Robb; her grandchildren, Sophie, Lillie and J. T. Robb; five brothers, Leon Evans, Paul Evans, Robert (Rosa) Evans, Earl (Seven) Evans, and Jimmy Evans; five sisters, Fern (Rocky) Dering, Kathy House, Robby Evans (Clyde), Mary Evans and Arlene (Midge) Evans; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Church of the Nazarene in Wickes with Homer Frachiseur officiating.

We hope to share many “Lucy” stories and other memories as well as a view of videos and pictures. If you wish to send a card, the family would sincerely appreciate it. Send it to the family at P.O. Box 78, Wickes, Arkansas, 71973.

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

 

 

James William “Bill” Matthews

James William “Bill” Matthews, age 76, a resident of Danville, Arkansas and formally of Horatio died Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at St. Vincent in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Matthews was born June 16, 1945 in Horatio, Arkansas. Bill worked for Weyerhaeuser and was HR Director for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. He also worked for DSI Security recently. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a member of United Methodist Church in Horatio, Arkansas and of First Baptist Church in Danville. He loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren who lovingly called him Podzu.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elvina Hart Matthews, his uncle and aunt, Perry and Frances Matthews; one brother, Jerry Don Matthews; one sister, Paula Sue Matthews.

Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Jean May Matthews; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kristi Matthews of Benton, and Todd and Marcie Matthews of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and Brett McDuffie of Danville; seven grandchildren, Parker Matthews, Drew Matthews, Avery Matthews, Ethan Matthews, Sawyer Matthews, Gavin McDuffie and Brenden McDuffie; two sisters, Dixie Gabbard of Horatio and Kaye Graves of Hot Springs; one brother, Chuck Matthews of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Travis Langley officiating. Burial will follow at Horatio Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Sue Strube

Mrs. Sue Doerner Strube, age 88, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, June 28, 2021, at her home.

She was born May 5, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Erwin Jacob and Gayle Brodie Doerner. She was 1950 graduate of Tulsa Central. She married the love of her life, Dr. William J. Strube, on December 20, 1952, in Tulsa. She worked in the office of the Weyerhaeuser Treating Plant, retiring after ten years of service. Sue enjoyed reading, bowling, and was an avid football fan. She was most fond of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 67 years, Dr. William “Doc” Strube; two sons, John Strube and Infant Joseph Strube; her son-in-law, Danny Carlstead, and her sister, Carolyn Hensley.

Those left to cherish the many memories include, one son, Mark Strube of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters, Cathy Hall of De Queen, and Michele Carlstead of De Queen; four grandchildren, Alisha Reid of Hot Springs, Courtney Reid of Texarkana, Timothy Carlstead and Malloree Carlstead, both of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, Robin Ahrens of Texarkana; one brother, Stuart Doerner of Missouri; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Sue Strube will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Chapel Hill Cemetery, with Bro. Del Stone 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., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Dana Simmons Brown

Dana Simmons Brown age 48 of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed June 27, 2021. She was born on July 13, 1972 in De Queen, Arkansas to Jessie Sonny Simmons and Deborah McBride. She went to be with the Lord and all of the proceeding family members: Grandfathers and grandmothers Jessie R and Norma Sue Simmons, Joe and Voisie Wadkins and, Mama Linda Simmons and nephew, Garrett Jones.

Dana was a loving, compassionate, giving, God loving woman who loved to be silly! She always wanted everyone to laugh and be happy. We all have our wonderful memories we had with her. Dana was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend. She had the most beautiful smile that could light up your soul. She could spend hours staring up at the stars dreaming and if you were lucky enough to be present when she gased into Kenneth or Jacobs faces the pure joy radiating from her world blind you.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Brown of Broken Bow, OK, her son Jacob McCoy of Broken Bow; one daughter, Otter of Valliant, Oklahoma; father and wife, Sonny and Vickie Simmons of Texarkana, Tx; mother, Deborah McBride of Dierks, AR and brother, Michael Simmons of Dierks; and sister, Nikki Shirley and John of Langley, AR and a slue of other family!

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Burg Cemetery near Umpire, Arkansas with Tony Hill and Todd Reed officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

 

 

Alva Lois Rhodes Wimpee

Alva Lois Rhodes Wimpee, 97, of De Queen, died Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

Lois was born September 23, 1923 in Jacksonville, Arkansas to Ivy Rhodes and Dovie Lemley Rhodes. She married Otha F. Wimpee in 1942, shortly before he went overseas in World War Two.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Otha, her brother Donald Rhodes, infant sister, Dorothy Fay and son-in-law, Jimmie Dunn.

She is survived by her son, Gerald Wimpee of De Queen; daughter, Nelda Dun of De Queen and daughter, Barbara Harrison and her husband, Bobby of Horatio.

She is also survived by six grandchildren, Mandy Wimpee Bowden and husband Scott, Brad Wimpee and wife Diana “Buffy”, Tristin Ritchey Wimpee, Lori Dunn, Jennifer Dunn-Shortridge and husband Mark, Bethany Harrison Baracosa and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be private.

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

 

 

William Franklin Gentry 

William Franklin Gentry passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Granbury, Texas. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather was born on August 25, 1938, in Van Alstyne, Texas to William Carl Gentry and Inez Bishop Gentry.

Love and time ‘those are the only 2 things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent’.  William believes this.  He was a generous man and his sweet smile captivated all he greeted.

He graduated from De Queen High School in 1958.  He attended Sam Houston State University and Bishop College as well as several police departments supervisor courses at SMU Dallas.

William joined the Dallas Police force on Feb 22, 1960.  As a sergeant and lieutenant, he was assigned to the Patrol Board and as a Captain he was assigned to the Youth Section and Crimes Against Persons. He retired as Deputy Chief of Traffic. He served 28 years with the Dallas Police Department.

He met his wife Suzette Robinson in 1949.  They were united and married on August 30, 1959.

He often said “I would not change a thing in my life.  I am a lucky man for I had the love of my life and being a police officer.  I enjoyed every day. I am blessed”.

He is survived by his wife Suzette Robinson Gentry, 2 children Chanee Robinson and Jason Randall; 6 grandchildren Charlsy Branson, Zachary Anderson, Frazier, and Mason Anderson, Chase, and Cole Gentry; and 5 great grandchildren Talon, Torin and Tyson Branson, Rayne Anderson and Iris Anderson-Starr.

Memorial services will be Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the Acton Baptist Church, Acton Texas. 

 

 

Charles Wayne Whitaker

Mr. Charles Wayne Whitaker, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born September 23, 1952 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was a truck driver for Lane Poultry. He was a wonderful, awesome father who taught his daughters well.

Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Frances Catherine (Weddington) Whitaker.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Holland) Whitaker of 51 years; two daughters and sons-in law, Beverly and Robin McCollum of De Queen and Charlene and Calvin Underwood of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Keven, James, Joshua, Priscilla and Robin; twelve great grandchildren; two brothers, James Whitaker of Cabot, Arkansas and Woody Ellison of Georgia; one sister, Sandra Foster of Little Rock, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Viewing for Mr. Whitaker will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Cossatot Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

A memorial dinner will be held at 11:00 a.m., at the home of Mark and Kimberly Vick, 1701 W. Elberta Ave., De Queen, AR.

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

 

Mrs. Louise Stinnett

Mrs. Louise Mildred Phelps Stinnett, age 77, resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was born to the union of Joseph Franklin and Francis Wood Phelps on July 7, 1943, in Arkoma, Oklahoma. Louise married the love of her life, Jack Stinnett, on March 22, 1962, in Arkoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Stinnett; one son, William “Billy” Gray; one sister, Lucille Dirickson; and two brothers, Lonnie and Thomas Phelps.

She is survived by one son, John Thomas Gray of Horatio; two grandsons, William and Dallas Pettigrew of Horatio; and a half-brother, Jimmy Sanders of Fort Smith; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Private services for Mrs. Louise Stinnett 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.

 

Billy J. Ross, Sr. 

Billy J. Ross, Sr., age 66, a resident of Point Texas, died Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Mr. Ross was born February 24, 1955 in Dallas, Texas . He was a Christian and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Ross, Jr. and Ollie Mae (Bailey) Ross.

Mr. Ross is survived by four children, Mandi Mayo of Ashdown, Arkansas, Tamisa and husband Chris Smith of Wiggins, Mississippi, BJ Ross and wife Christy of Sheridan, AR, Nicole and husband Jason Hilton of Valley View, Texas; one brother, Franky Ross of De Queen, Arkansas; One sister, Debbie Massey of De Queen; grandchildren, Chase and Autumn Ross, Clay Ross, Madison Perez, Danielle, Karlie and Dawson Ross, Jay Sasser and Rilynn Rauschuber; step grandchildren, Kourtney and Kyle, Christopher and Nicholas; great grandchildren, Tate, Lyric and Zuri; step great grandchildren, Klayton and Klaria; girlfriend, Debbie Reynolds Smith and a number of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

Funeral services for Mr. Ross will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Minister Newman Hance officiating.

A private burial will follow.

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

 

 

Gary Lane Guin

A graveside service for Gary Lane Guin, 69, will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm.m till 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home. 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111. Pastor Brian Miller will be officiating the services.

Gary was born June 25, 1951 in Campti, Louisiana to Travis Daniel and Aleene Wallace Guin. He passed from this life on June 17, 2021 at his home in Blanchard, Louisiana with his loving wife of 36 years, Bonnie Sue Guin, by his side.

Gary started working for the Kansas City Southern Railroad at the age of 19 and retired after 31 years of service as a claim agent. He enjoyed his work at the railroad and cherished the friendships he built there from all his years of service. Gary enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard where he served as an enlisted soldier and an officer. He served at HQ Company Commander with the 527th Engineer Battalion in Bossier City. Louisiana. Gary finished up his military service with the Army Reserves after more than 20 years of service with rank of Captain. He took great pride in serving in the military and cherished the lifetime friends he made through his service. 

“Pops”, as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed tending to his property, raising cattle, working his garden, and attending his grandchildren’s extra-curricular activities. He had an affinity for catching white perch from the waters of Gillham Lake and the Cossatot River. He looked forward to camping there with Bonnie every year for 38 years. His happy place was out on the waters with a specific-colored jig and a good pole or in the deer stand while drinking hot chocolate with one of his grandkids. Gary was a good man and a smiling face to all that met him. Pops will be missed but not forgotten.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dr. James Aubrey Guin of Ashland, Louisiana; sisters, Rubye Guin Morgan and husband, Joe, of Alexandria, Louisiana, Barbara Guin Vercher of Bossier City, Louisiana, Patsy Guin Thompson and husband, Buddy, of Mansfield, Louisiana; mother-in-law, Mable Faye Hendricks Roberts of De Queen, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Steve Roberts of Wichita Falls, Texas and Wayne Roberts of De Queen, AR; and sister-in-law, Louise Roberts Mulkey of De Queen, AR.

Gary is survived by his wife, Bonnie Guin; children, Jennifer Quada of Bossier City. Louisiana and Shane Guin and wife, Kelly, of Thibodaux. Louisiana; grandchildren, Aspen Quada, Alyssa Quada, Jacob Guin, Zachary Guin, Samuel Guin, Wyatt Guin, and Henson Guin; brothers, Travis Guin and wife, Mary Beth, of Campti, Louisiana and Ronald Guin and wife Pam, of Campti, Louisiana; sisters, Caroline Tauzin and husband, Joe, of Bossier City , Louisiana and Shirley Mustin and husband, John of Campti, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Little and husband, Tommy, of De Queen, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Mike Vercher of Bossier City, Louisiana; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Honoring Gary as pallbearers will be Jerry Cotton, Jacob Guin, Joey Guin, Ronald Guin, Zachary Guin, Tommy Little, and Jacob Sirmons.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Clint Little, Jackson Little, Paul Tauzin, Todd Tauzin, Scott Vercher, Steve Vercher, and Mark White.

 

 

Betty Ann Griggs

Mrs. Betty Ann Lawrence Griggs, age 63, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Ashdown, AR.

She was born September 2, 1957 in Louisiana. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Horatio.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Faye Lawrence.

Mrs. Griggs is survived by her husband, James Griggs; one sister, Brenda Helms of Ashdown; two sisters-in-law, Pat Smith and Ann Martin; one brother-in-law, Tim Griggs; two nephews, Dallas Gray and Billy Gray.

Funeral services for Mrs. Griggs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021 at First Assembly of God in Horatio with John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Basil Regil Kesterson

Mr. Basil Regil Kesterson, age 70, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was born on December 18, 1950, in De Queen, Arkansas to Charles Kesterson and Ruth Mize Kesterson.

Basil was united in marriage to Penny Kesterson on November 25, 1984, and they enjoyed thirty six and a half wonderful years together. Basil loved his family, friends, and teaching about God and Salvation. Polk County was the focus of his life. He tried every way possible to help in growing his community of Wickes and anyone in need. His motto was “God, Family, and Community”. Basil will be unimaginably missed by all that knew and loved him.

Basil graduated from OSU class of 1971 as an Animal Science Major. He and his wife founded Global Fats & Oils Corp in 1989 which operated export and domestic feed grade animal nutrition. Cattle and horses were their love and passion. Basil was the JP of district 9 since 2002 and served at the Cossatot Senior Center. He was a Christian by Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Kesterson; sons, Tony Gunter and wife Korinda of Wickes, Travis Kesterson and wife Tina of Grannis, and Brandon Courtney and wife Patty of Vandervoort; grandchildren, Tessa Chaney and husband Nathan of Acorn, Kody and Brody Bailey of Hatfield, Ty and Taylar Kesterson of Grannis, Jaden Courtney of Wickes, Vanessa Neal and husband Josh of Vandervoort, Brandi Loyd of Cove, Ashton, Bryor, Jonny and Harley Loyd of Vandervoort, Kortney Landraneaux and husband Ryan of Henderson, TX, Melanie Oney and husband Randy of Carmack, TX, and Eddie and John Dickey of Marshall, TX; nine great grandchildren; brothers, Jeff Kesterson of Gillham, and Clovis Kesterson and wife Jennifer of Vandervoort; God given family members: Diane Warren of Grannis, Brandon Bailey and Family of Wickes, Dood Baker and wife Kathy of Wickes, James Sanders of Wickes, Orvin Foster of Mena, and Andy Marroy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Coleman Kesterson, and Joe Kesterson; niece, Marietta Kesterson; and sisters in law, Kathy Kesterson and Christine Kesterson.

A funeral service for Mr. Kesterson will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Gillham Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Tony Gunter, Travis Kesterson, Brandon Courtney, Kody Bailey, Brody Bailey, and Nathan Chaney. Honorary Pallbearers are the Polk County JP’s, and Brandon Ellison, Scott Sawyer, Andy Riner, Dood Baker, James Sanders, and Buck Bailey.

 

 

Larry Joe Martz

Larry Joe Martz, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, June 11, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 6, 1949 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas. He was a logger, a heavy equipment operator and enjoyed his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Marie Barrett Martz; his wife, Diane Cannon Martz; and two brothers, Charles and Travis Martz.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Brian and Paula Martz, Joseph and Cassandra Martz and Travis Martz, all of De Queen; two step-sons, Jody Roberts of Horatio, Arkansas and Clifton Roberts of Winthrop, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Aaron and Meagan Martz, Cheyenne and Noah Martz, Krista Martz, Alexis and Caden Stuart, Keely and Lane Roberts, Ralee Roberts and Madie Roberts; one brother and sister-in-law, Gwen and Julie Martz of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Nick Williams; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Martz will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 in the Belleville Cemetery with Jerrel Helms officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Mercy Reign Winer

Mercy Reign Winer, born June 8, 2021 at 11:32 am weighing 4 pounds and 3 ounces and 17 ½ inches long. She went to be with our Heavenly Father in the arms of her parents.

Mercy will forever be remembered by her parents Chris and Katie Winer, her siblings: Elizabeth Winer, Tristan Winer, Copelan Winer, Crimson Winer, and Bradley Winer. Her loving grandparents Danny and Sherri Edge, Randal and Sonya McKinley, and Kevin Winer. Her Aunt Jennifer Edge, Uncle Jesse Edge, Aunt Reagan McKinley, Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Tiffany Craig and many cousins. Along with her great grandparents and a host of family and friends.

Mercy brought immense joy to her family and they are deeply saddened by her passing but we
know she is in the arms of the Lord now, a perfect angel.

A private memorial service will be held at Redman Cemetery.

Donations can be given to the First State Bank in Dierks under Katie Winer and sympathy cards can be sent to 147 Young Loop, Umpire, AR 71971.

 

 

Virgilia Ann “Grannie Annie” Gilbert 

Mrs. Virgilia Ann “Grannie Annie” Gilbert, age 86, a resident of Greens Chapel, Arkansas, died, Friday, June 11, 2021.

She was born August 22, 1934 in Liberty Hill in Howard County, Arkansas. She was a secretary, homemaker and a poultry farmer. She was a member of Dierks First United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burl and Oca Mae Jackson Vancil; her husband, Keith Reese Gilbert; her infant sister, Sonja Vancil; one son-in-law, Terry Miller; niece, Melinda Gilbert Walls.

Mrs. Gilbert is survived by one daughter, Sonya Miller of De Queen, three sons and daughters-in-law, Van and Jo Gilbert of League City, Texas, Ben and Sheri Gilbert of Little Rock and Steven and Anna Gilbert of Marysville, AR; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Ralph Berg of Dierks; grandchildren, Amy (Brian) Crisp, James (Liz) Gilbert, Anna (Christian) Brages, Brooks Miller, Lindsey (Chris) Wimberly, Jackson Gilbert and her great grandchildren, Evan, Avery, Peyton, Parker, Becky, Helen and Emily.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gilbert will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Greens Chapel Cemetery in Dierks with Pastor Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held at Greens Chapel Methodist Church 10:00 a.m., prior to service.

General viewing will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Dierks, P.O. Box 35 Dierks, AR 71833, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, Inc. 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 300 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137.

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

 

Patrick Lee Byrne

Mr. Patrick Lee Byrne, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died, June 10, 2021 at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born May 6, 1953 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Pat was a retired Park Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He loved to fish, hunt and work cattle. He loved life and his kids and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Billie Sewell Byrne.

Pat is survived by his wife, Karla Valenti Byrne: one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Brandie Byrne of Hope, Arkansas; two daughters, Kristen Byrne of Ames, Iowa and Jennifer Byrne of Denver, Colorado; one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sandy Byrne of Denver, CO; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Rick Johnson of Dallas, TX; two grandchildren, Easton Byrne, Oakley Byrne and one on the way, Leighton and a number of nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life Memorial visitation 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Dierks Lake overlook.

Graveside services for Pat Byrne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Vickie McKee 

Passed at her home after reaching the age of 66 years.

Born April 8 1955, Gained her wings May 5 2021

Vickie is survived by her companion of 50 years Doug McKee.

One daughter and son-in-law Carina and Rusty McKnight.

One son and daughter-in-law Allen and Tina McKee.

In her words “The Lights of Her Life” grandson Konnor McKee and granddaughter Kaylin McKee.

She also leaves two sisters, Mary McCoy of Glenwood, AR and Connie Marquez of Texas. Two brothers Doyle Brown and Brad Brown.

She also leaves too many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Cousins and Friends to count.

She is and will always be missed and loved.

 

Mr. Kenneth Green

Mr. Kenneth Loyd Green, age 56, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Kenneth was born to the union of Lans Dale Green, Sr. and Phyllis Ann McWhorter Green on October 28, 1964, in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Teresa Ann Hurst, on October 17, 1986, in De Queen, and to this union, one son was born. Kenneth attended church at the Old Time Gospel Church and worked more than 30 years for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. He enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Green, and his loving wife of over 32 years, Teresa Green.

Kenneth leaves to cherish his loving memory, one son, Christopher Green of Lockesburg; his father, Dale Green of Lockesburg; brother and sister-in-law, Dale Green, Jr. and Vivian of Lockesburg; niece and nephews, Jamie Roberts of De Queen, Cassandra Reeder and husband Jeffrey of Nashville, and Zeke Green of De Queen; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Kenneth Green will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Jerrel Helms 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., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Flora Gale Knighten

Mrs. Flora Gale Knighten, age 86, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Tyler, Texas.

She was born March 25, 1935 in White Cliffs, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Ashdown, Arkansas. Mrs. Knighten enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and loved flowers.

Mrs. Knighten was preceded in death by her parents, Guthrie Halen and Thelma Mae Lewis Alexander; her husband, A.C. Knighten and two sons, Steve Davis and Charles Knighten.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Viola and Frank Moore of Tom, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Elva Knighten, George and Lori Knighten and Vernon and Lisa Knighten, all of Foreman, Arkansas; one brother, Dale Alexander of Whitesboro, Texas; her grandchildren, Ashley Pratt, Brittany and Aaron Graves, George Knighten, Walter and Liz Knighten, Shayla and Dakota Edwards, Tristian, Tanner and Kaylee Knighten, Ty and Samantha Knighten, Kloe Knighten, Charles and Brandy Knighten, Justin Davis and Misty Davis; 13 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Knighten will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Blackland Cemetery in Foreman,

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

The family will gather at the home of George Knighten following the graveside service.

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

 

 

Michael Ruel Archer

Mr. Michael Ruel Archer, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born June 7, 1947 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Ruel and Irene (Stephens) Archer. Mr. Archer was the owner and manager of Western Auto in De Queen for 20 plus years and a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He served on the Sevier County Quorum Court, Sevier County Water Board and Tri-County Water Board. He was a prior deacon of the First Baptist Church in De Queen. Mr. Archer was a current and active member of Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mr. Archer was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Hazel Brodie; and brother-in-law, Norley Frank Bickley, III.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Brodie) Archer; daughter, Meredith Archer of Plano, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Aneta Archer of Conway, Arkansas; two grandsons Carter and Austin Archer; one sister, Deborah Bickley of De Queen; two nieces and their spouses, Natalie and David Dickey of Arlington, Texas and Neida and Paul Griffin of Yellville, Arkansas; his brother-in-law, Ralph G. Brodie and sister-in-law, Marilou Brodie both of Little Rock, Arkansas and numerous other relatives.

A family graveside for Mr. Archer will be held at 10:00, Wednesday June 9, 2021 at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen with Bobby Fischer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 8th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kern Heights Baptist Church building fund. 822 North 9th Street, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

 

Mr. Kenneth St. John

Mr. Kenneth Neal St. John, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Mt. Pine, Arkansas to Leacil E. and Alpha (Shirron) St. John. Mr. St. John was a Christian. Prior to his retirement, he was a long time Weyerhaeuser employee and former owner of De Queen Glass Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan (Jacobs) St. John, and brother Marlin St. John.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn (Griffin) St. John; six daughters, Beverly St. John of Benton, Arkansas, Becky Jegstrup, of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Belinda (Tim) Cox, of Nashville, Arkansas, Benita St. John of De Queen, Arkansas, Lorrie (Danny) Stubbs of De Queen, Arkansas, and Melanie Brophy of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister and brother in-law, Tannie and Otis Lay of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister in-law, Joyce St. John of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother and sister in-law, Bennie and Martie Griffin; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Mr. St. John will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in the Greens Chapel Cemetery, Sevier County Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. David Bradshaw

Mr. David Lynn Bradshaw of De Queen, Arkansas passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at his little cabin in the woods, just shy of his 70th birthday.

David was a man of his own. He was born into this world on June 6, 1951, in De Queen to the union of William Douglas and Verna Marie Rogers Bradshaw. He was married to the love of his life, Patty Loraine Pressley, on December 2, 1991. He was a carpenter and was said to be one of the best plumbers you would ever meet. There was not much he could not do. He enjoyed his time spent at his cabin in the woods with Patty, his animals, and watching the deer.

David was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 29 years, Patty Bradshaw and fur baby, Tigger of De Queen; four children and their spouses, Dale (Shannon) Christian of Stonewall, Louisiana, Brian (Kim) Christian of Stonewall, Louisiana, Shelia Martinez of Woodburn, Oregon, and Elizabeth Bradshaw of Southport, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Ashlie, Hayden, Michael, Taylor, Nalia, Sierra, Tyler and Evan; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Hank; two sisters, Linda (Willis) Niemeyer of Maud, Texas, and Carolyn Bradshaw of De Queen; and his nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann (Bo) Frachiseur of Corpus Christi, Texas, Randy (Anna) Belcher of De Queen, Susan Worrell of Maud, Texas, and Joe Conway, also of Maud, Texas.

Graveside Services for Mr. David Bradshaw will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 7, 2021, at West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Wanda Janes

Wanda Bingham Janes, age 90, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born June 3, 1931, in Wickes, Arkansas to Kelsey Clifton Price and Minnie Katherine Miller Price.

Wanda was a customer service representative for Windstream until she retired.  She attended the Wickes Church of the Nazarene for many years.  Wanda adored her family more than anything and loved her friends as well.  It is evident by the pictures that are showcased throughout her home.  She was Godly woman and a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a great friend to many.  She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.D. Bingham; brothers, Orman Aaron Price, and Tillis Kelsey Price; and sister, Arlene Genice Price Campbell.  She is survived by son, Travis Clayton Bingham; daughters, Melissa Kathleen Sanders and husband Jerry, Vanessa Bingham Crossfield and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Anthony Sanders and wife Karen, Jennifer Sanders, Natalie Cannady and husband Dayton, Todd Bingham and wife Kelly, Courtney Jones and husband Shawn, Jordan Bingham and wife Caitlin, Bradley Crossfield, Emily Higgins and husband Matthew and Maximus “Max” (her granddog); great grandchildren, Jacob Sanders, Kendall Cannady, Brock Bingham, Reid Bingham, Quinn Bingham, Blake Rogers, Addie Rogers, Clay Jones, and Adyson Jones.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Leon McCleskey officiating.  Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, June 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Todd Bingham, Anthony Sanders, Bradley Crossfield, Jordan Bingham, Reggie Crossfield and Maximus “Max” Crossfield.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

 

Kelsey Leon Moore

Kelsey Leon Moore, age 90, died June 3, 2021 at home in De Queen, AR. He was born on November 16, 1930 to the late Harley Andrew Moore, Sr. and Thelma Lucille Paulk Moore in Texarkana, TX.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harley A. Moore, Jr and wives Edythe and Joy and Billy Ray Moore and wife Pauline and his in-laws James T. and Louise McGuyre.

Survivors include wife Mona Louise McGuyre Moore, son Dr. James Murray Moore and wife Ginger; daughters Carol Rose Moore Hall and husband David, Connie Jean Moore, and Cathy Leigh Moore Seal and husband Billy; and son Kelsey McGuyre (Mac) Moore and wife Jane.

His grandchildren include John Hall (Lacey), Katie Bonilla (Jose), Sarah Neumeier, Jim Moore (Natalia), Susan Ward, Mary Wheeler (Brandon), Matt Hall (Laura), Daniel Seal (Kenzie), and Kelsey McGuyre Moore, Jr. and Evie Moore. Great-grandchildren are Tucker, Mia Mona-Jean and Allie Rose Hall; Andi, Laney, Evan and Asher Hall, Grady and Hayleigh Seal; Ben and Jack Moore; Annalise and Joscelyn Bonilla; Lily and Merrick Wheeler; and great-great granddaughter Emerson Rose Hall.

Kelsey graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana in 1948 and earned a basketball scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he graduated in 1952 with a Masters Degree in Administrative Education. He married Mona McGuyre on June 14, 1953 at the Methodist Church in Foreman, on a day many remembered as being the hottest day in June ever. They would have been married 68 years this month. Kelsey was drafted into the Army and was attached to Company D 5th Heavy Tank Brigade 6th Armed Division. While serving in the Army, his first son Jimmy was born in 1954. After discharge from the Army, he was hired as heat basketball coach at Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas. Triplet girls, Carol, Connie and Cathy arrived in 1956. Kelsey joked about having his family increase from 3 to 6 overnight and about the triplets running him out of the coaching profession. The family then moved to Foreman, AR where Kelsey went into business with his father-in-law at McGuyre Chevrolet, and their last child Mac was born in 1957.

During his 18 years in Foreman, Kelsey was President and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis. He was active in the Methodist Church serving as Lay Leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee and the Building Committee for a new church. He was also very involved in the school and coached both senior high and junior high football and basketball as well as being a principal. He sold McGuyre Chevrolet in Foreman and Kelsey bought the dealership in De Queen and ran Kelsey Moore Chevrolet until he retired in 2000.

Kelsey was a natural athlete and excelled in many sports. He lettered in basketball, tennis, and baseball in college, but his passion was golf. He was a championship golfer and won many tournaments in the Tri-State area. He was elected president of the Arkansas Senior Golf Association in 2003 and selected to play on the ASGA team in Great Fall, New York. Kelsey taught his sons and grandsons the techniques and etiquette of golf, and they had some great times playing together at Little River Country Club. He also taught them all the love of hunting and fishing. 

Kelsey was a devoted husband to his wife, and a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and father-in-law. He showed them all by example that hard work pays off, and just through observation he taught all the children patience, perseverance, loyalty and love. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will be Monday, June 7 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 5th St. and Heynecker Ave, De queen, AR, with Reverend Steve Copley presiding. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman, AR.

Pallbearers are grandsons John Hall, Matthew Hall, Jim Moore, Daniel Seal, Tucker Hall and Kelsey McGuyre Moore, Jr. 

Visitation will be Sunday, June 6 from 3-5 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 488, De Queen, AR 71832 or to your favorite charity.

 

 

Tammy Gail Simmons

Mrs. Tammy Gail Downs Simmons, age 56, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tammy was born the second of four children to the union of Claude Ray “Sonny” and Virgie Vondal Ward Downs on September 11, 1964, in De Queen. Tammy married the love of her life, James Earl Simmons on December 2, 1983, in De Queen, and to this union, two children were born. She worked in different capacities over the years, including her work at TJ’s and formerly owning the Dairy De Queen. Tammy spent the past 15 plus years managing the Salvation Army in De Queen. She enjoyed shopping on QVC, cooking, fixing up her home, fishing, and was an adoring “dance Nana”. She cherished the time spent with the many wonderful visitors of the Salvation Army, her friends, and loving family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sonny Downs, maternal and paternal grandparents.

Those left to cherish the many loving memories of Tammy include her husband of over 37 years, James Simmons of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Jared James (Katie) Simmons of Port Neches, Texas; one daughter, Stacy Lynn Simmons of Longview, Texas; one granddaughter, Hannah Grace Mendez of De Queen; her mother, Virgie McPherson of De Queen; one sister, Debbie Stahlman and her husband Sid of De Queen; two brothers, Phillip Downs and his wife Karen of De Queen, and Steven Downs of De Queen; son-in-law, Jose Mendez of Bentonville; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Tammy Simmons will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Barbara Jean Chewning

Mrs. Barbara Jean Penney Chewning, age 81, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, May 28, 2021 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 9, 1939 in Falls Chapel, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of Winthrop Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and church activities.

Mrs. Chewning was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mae Spicer Penney; her husband, Willie Olen Chewning; and a sister, Dixie Daris Penney.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad and Sandy Chewning of Haworth, OK and Robert Chewning of Foreman; four grandchildren, Brandy Chewning, Amanda Chewning, Erin Chewning and Sherry Pitt; one brother and sister-in-law, William Roy and Annette Penney of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Chewning will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in the Winthrop Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1st at the funeral home

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

Maxine Henry Frint

Maxine Henry Frint, age 96, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Friday, May 28, 2021 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born April 13, 1925 in Golden, Oklahoma. Mrs. Frint worked for Wal-Mart for 16 years. She was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Frint was preceded in death by her parents, Reeder F. and Lydia Porter Henry; two children, Linda K. Frint and Paul Frint; one grand-daughter, Alisha Maxine Frint; four brothers, Isett Henry, Reese Henry, Midge Henry, Otis Henry; two sisters, Opal Matthews and Polly Kitchens.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Richard Slaton of Lockesburg; five grandchildren and their spouses, Sherry and Paul Myrick, Kay and Eugene Chandler, Carlee and Mike Shelton, Coy Frint and Brendon Frint; four great grandchildren, Jesse Chandler, David Chandler, Derek Chandler, Marlee Carver; great-great grandchildren, Gracie Chandler, Ian Chandler and Colton Chandler.

Graveside services for Mrs. Frint will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at Redmen Cemetery Pavilion in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Irene Adele Stephens Archer

Mrs. Irene Adele Stephens Archer, age 93, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 peacefully at her home.

She was born on March 12, 1928 in Provo, Arkansas. Mrs. Archer was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of De Queen where she was an adult Sunday teacher. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and loved her family dearly. She was the owner of Western Auto in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Ora Thursa Diggs Stephens and her husband, Ruel Pat Archer; one son-in-law, Norley F. Bickley, III and one brother, J.C. Stephens.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Archer of De Queen, one daughter, Deborah Bickley of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses’, Meredith Archer of Plano, TX, Mark and Nikki Archer of Conway, AR, Natalie and David Dickey of Arlington, TX, Neida Adele and Paul Griffin of Yellville, AR; seven great-grandchildren, Carter and Austin Archer, Kirstyn Adele and James Dickey, Logan Griffin and fiancé Gail of Victoria, TX, Bryton and Katelyn Irene Griffin and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Archer will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Josh Herweck officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30th at the funeral home Chapel in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 713 De Queen, Arkansas 71832 or First Baptist Church of De Queen, 1535 W. Collin Ray Drive. De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

Johnnie Fay Hoffman

Mrs. Johnnie Fay Hoffman, age 63, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died on May 24, 2021 at her home.

She was born on June 2, 1957 in Dallas, Texas. She loved nature; she enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids and her partner, Reese Warden.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Kenneth Tucker.

She is survived by her mother Sandra Tucker Pounder of Mexia, TX; two daughters, Tammy Hoffman of Horatio and Tracey Conatser and Nick of Horatio; grandkids, Kenneth and Sierra Hoffman, Jaden Glover, Dakota Glover, Connor Hoffman, Elizabeth Hoffman, Maddison Stubbs; one great granddaughter, Blakely Hoffman and one brother, Robert Tucker of Texas.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-8p.m., Thursday, May 27th at the funeral home Chapel in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Sharon Gale Williams Pigeon

Mrs. Sharon Gale Williams Pigeon, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt Pleasant, Texas.

She was born March 25, 1957 in Lubbock, Texas. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family especially her grandkids. Mrs. Pigeon taught school in the De Queen School system for 30 years and was principal of De Queen Primary. She loved her school family and was a member of First Christian Church.

Mrs. Pigeon was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Thomas, Sr. and Dorothy Margaret Grimes Williams.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Levi Pigeon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lacey and Brent Young of De Queen; Leigh Ann and Bo Frachiseur of Corpus Christie, TX; one sister and brother-in-law, Liz and Terrel Gore of Kankakee, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Kelly Williams of De Queen; four grandchildren, Bradi Young, Presli Young, Harper Young and Hank Young; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pigeon will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Frist Assembly of God in De Queen with Micah Martin and Bradi Young officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m., Friday, May 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Margaret Janet Caughie Williams

Margaret Janet Caughie Williams, (Maggie), aged 95, formerly of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life in the early morning hours of May 16, 2021. Maggie was born June 7, 1925 to Samuel Oliver and Florence Emily (Oldfield) Caughie in York, England. Maggie graduated from Queen Anne preparatory school in York in the spring of 1943. In July 1943, Maggie married Selby James (Ted) Day of South Orange, New Jersey in York. Ted was stationed near York serving with the Royal Air Force, flying Lancaster bombers. Ted passed in the summer of 1944, due to complications from injuries suffered flying bombing raids over Germany. At the behest of her Mother-in-Law, Maggie crossed the Atlantic in November of 1944, attended Secretarial School and settled in New York City. Maggie worked as a secretary for CBS, the advertising agency of Cunningham and Walsh and lastly in New York, as the personal assistant for Ms. Faye Emerson. While in New York, Maggie met A.O. (Cotton) Williams of De Queen, who was at the time a Special Agent with the FBI, working out of the Manhattan field office. Maggie and Cotton married in September of 1952 in De Queen. In 1954, Maggie and Cotton moved to Little Rock to start a family, after realizing that New York was not a good place to raise children. Maggie worked in Little Rock as a secretary for Herbert (Boots) Coleman of Coleman Dairy and subsequently for C.J. Jacuzzi of Jacuzzi Brothers. In April of 1964, the family moved to De Queen, where Maggie worked as a bookkeeper for the De Queen Bee Company and later as a secretary for attorney Jim Bob Steele in Nashville, Arkansas. Maggie Retired in 1991. In 2001, Maggie moved to Marion, Arkansas to be close to family.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Nyn, Mildred (Mickey), Gladys, Evelyn and Ann. Maggie is survived by one son, Alan Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, one granddaughter, Catelyn (Matt) Chadwick of Sheridan, Arkansas, one grandson, Adam Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, and one great granddaughter Maggie Jo Chadwick of Sheridan. One brother, Malcolm Caughie of Finley, England one sister, Helen Castle of Melbourne, Australia and a number of nieces and nephews in England and Australia.

A memorial visitation is scheduled on May 29, 2021 between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements provided by Wilkerson Funeral Home of De Queen.

 

 

Margie Jackson

Mrs. Margie Levina Mickle Jackson, age 82, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in De Queen. 

The obituary and Memorial Services are pending at this time and will be announced by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Linda Brazile

Mrs. Linda Ann Penney Brazile, 81, died Saturday, May 22, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Linda Ann (aka Big Mama) was born July 15, 1939 in De Queen, AR to E.T. and Angeline Hopson Penney. She resided in Amarillo most of her life. Linda Ann married Harold Brazile on June 8, 1957. Together they owned and operated Harold’s Lil Meat Market in 1964 and later, Harold’s Farmers Market on 1308 S. Grand St. until they gave the reins over to their son, Lyndon. Linda also helped Harold to establish and run HFM Trucking Co.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are sons, Lyndon Brazile and wife, Tracy of Amarillo and Steve Brazile and wife, Lorraine of St. Louis, MO; daughter, Kim Benson and husband, Tim of Amarillo; sister, Marian Chandler of De Queen, AR; “Big Mama” to her five grandchildren, McKenzie Lawson, Magen Brazile, J.D. Benson, Emerson Brazile, Camden Brazile and Addison Brazile; and one very special great-grandchild, Macee Brazile.

She loved her grandchildren and was an active participant in helping raise them; her recipes and memories of spending time cooking with her are cherished by her family.

Special thanks to Dr. Bart Britten, Dr. Janet Scwartzenburg, ADC Pharmacy and Open Heart Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to their favorite charity in Linda’s name.

Online condolences may be shared at www.schoolerfuneralhome.com or www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Hercel Bernell Cox, Sr.

Hercel Bernell Cox, Sr., died May 23, 2021 at Howard Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of the Dierks Health and Rehab.

Hercel (H.B.) was born January 22, 1921, to Horace C. Cox and Mary Pearl Graves Cox. He was the first of their four children; Vaughn, Lloyd, and Dean Cox Cody. He was a life long resident of Green’s Chapel Community, Dierks, Arkansas.

H.B. was a 1940 graduate of Lockesburg High School. Upon his entry in the U.S. Army in 1942, he became a Private First Class Military Policeman until his tour of duty was completed in 1946. While stationed in Illinois, H.B. met Margaret Lucille Geiger and married her in 1945. After returning to civilian life, the couple moved to Green’s Chapel Community where their first child, Hercel B. Cox, Jr. was born on April 4, 1947.

H.B. worked for Dierks Lumber and Weyerhaeuser until his retirement after 35 years of employment as a millwright. H.B. was a member of Green’s Chapel Methodist Church and a former President of the Green’s Chapel Cemetery Committee.

H.B.’s parents Horace and Pearl Cox, brothers Lloyd and Vaughn Cox predeceased him. He leaves behind his son, Hercel Cox, Jr. and wife LaQuita, grandson Paul and wife Kristi, great-granddaughter Addison Louise Cox, sister Dean Cody, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for H.B. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Green’s Chapel Methodist Church with Jerry Cox officiating and the Pastor Carroll Jackson presiding. Burial to follow in Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time, Tuesday, May 25th at the church.

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

 

 

Mrs. Maxine Stark

Mrs. Mary Rebecca “Maxine” Cunningham Stark, age 71, of Gillham, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Gillham.

Maxine was born the third of seven children to James Grant and Norma Dean Scott Cunningham on May 5, 1950, in Mena, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, James Thomas Stark, on February 14, 1970, in Gillham, and to this union, two sons and two daughters were born. Maxine and Tommy attended church at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God, and she enjoyed fishing, gardening, yardwork, antique shopping, and baking pies for her family, but most of all she cherished the time she spent caring for and loving her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernie Cunningham; and one sister, Penny Wax.

Those left to cherish her many memories include her husband of over 51 years, Tommy Stark of Gillham; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Tamara Stark of De Queen, and Rodney and Aimee Stark of Wickes; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberley and Jessie Vaughn, Jr. of Gillham, and Brandy and Jason Gore also of Gillham; eleven grandchildren, Brooke Scott, James Stark, Megan Stark, Hailey Carter, Grant Stark, Caitlyn Carter, Eli Stark, Rebecca Vaughn, Braelynn Vaughn, Garrett Gore, and Hannah Stark; one brother, Jim Cunningham of Waldron; three sisters, Thelma Thompkins and Maggie Stark, both of Waldron, and Aggie (Glen) Parnell of Mena; as well as, nieces, nephews, her loving church family, and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maxine Stark will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Bro. Chris Burke officiating. Cremation will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Gary Dean Bell

Gary Dean Bell, 67, passed from this life on May 16, 2021, after a long illness. He was born in De Queen, AR, on November 6, 1953, to Melvin Dean Bell and Gladys Flora Edna Fears Bell. He graduated from De Queen High in 1972 and attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1976 with a BSE in zoology. Gary was hired by State Farm Insurance in January, 1977, becoming the youngest agent ever hired by the company. He started a scratch agency in Ashdown, AR, and transferred to his father’s agency in De Queen when ill health forced his dad to retire. Gary retired from State Farm in January of 2015 after 39 years of service.

Gary loved to hunt and fish, travel, spend time at the LRCC rock bar, visit with family and friends, and spend as much time as possible with his grandchildren. He was an active member of the community, having served on the board of directors of First State Bank, and he was an active member of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Gary was very involved in De Queen Leopards sports. He headed many athletic fundraisers, donated time and money selflessly, raffled off stadium blankets at all home football games, served on the chain crew, and presented the state finals trophies sponsored by State Farm Insurance for AAA sports in Arkansas.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Anthony Scott Bell; and infant daughter, Victoria Renee Bell; and one niece, Cindy Lynne Williamson. He is survived by his wife, Paddy Dickinson Bell; one son, Richard Dean Bell and wife Brittney; a daughter, Valerie Bell Graham and husband Shane; five grandchildren; Lauren Jayne Graham, Samuel Anthony Graham, Maxon Clark Graham, Brody Dean Bell, and Breley Danielle Bell; two sisters and their spouses, Dianna and Kevin Williamson, and Sharon and Jimmy Cooper; and four nephews, Ronnie and Tiffany Williamson, of De Queen, and Teddy, Jack and Barry Klug, of Memphis, Tennessee.

Services for Mr. Bell will be held in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, with graveside services to follow at Redmen Cemetery. Bro. Josh Herweck will officiate.

The family will receive visitors at the Bell home following the service.

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

 

Tammie Lee Turner Ward

Tammie Lee Turner Ward, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, left this world on May 15th, 2021. She was born February 25th, 1962 and graduated from Dierks High School in 1981. Her hobbies included; spending time with her family, listening to gospel music, playing card games, listening to her granddaughters sing, and her grandsons talk about cars. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Dierks, AR. She held the Lord to the highest power and she loved her family very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coy Lee Turner and Mattie Lee Martin Turner Bradley and two brothers, Larry and Glenn Turner and her adopted son, Russell Hughes.

Tammie Lee Turner Ward is survived by her brother and sister in law Richard and Starr Turner of Rogers, AR; sister Becky Ward of Dierks, AR; sister, Joy Smith of Hot Springs, AR and best friend Wendell Ward of Dierks, AR. She has four children, Sylvia Ward, Jonathan Ward, Jacob and wife Crystal Ward of Lockesburg; Santana and husband Josh Klein of Dierks; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Ward will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the Fellowship Cemetery with Brad Sullivan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

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

 

Mack Orlian Cooley

Mack Orlian Cooley, age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born November 4, 1929 in Roy, Arkansas. He was a parts and sales manager for Crow Burlingame, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Cooley was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Bura Beatrice Stephens Cooley; and a brother, Matha Cooley.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Cherry Cooley; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Robin Cooley of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tim Anderson of Walkertown, North Carolina; two grandsons, Josh and Annie Cooley of De Queen and Jared and Alicia Cooley of Hot Springs; five great grandchildren, Reagan, Olivia, Evan, Katey and Luke; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Cooley will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

General viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

Lucy Cooper

Mrs. Lucy Logan Duncan Cooper, age 79, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, May 14, 2021 in De Queen.

She was born the oldest of two children to Walter Scott and Margaret Logan Howard Duncan on August 25, 1941 in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a 1959 graduate of Bryan Station High School, Lexington, Kentucky, and went on to obtain Food Tech Certificates, as well as completed several USDA studies courses. Lucy married the love of her life, Robert Mann Cooper, on July 23, 1959 in Lexington, and to this union, two sons and two daughters were born. She worked in different capacities over the years, some including Bookkeeping, Telephone Operations, and Tax Preparation. Lucy and Bob worked as USDA Food Inspectors. Lucy retired on November 28, 1998, after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Gillham United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, and National Active and Retired Federal Employees where she served as past Secretary and President. She enjoyed music, dancing, sewing, office work, preparing income taxes, working in the woods around their home, genealogy, and bowling. Lucy was most proud of the tree house she built over the Kentucky River in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of almost 61 years, Bob Cooper; and her granddaughter, Davida Cooper.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four children, Robert Cooper, Jr. and wife Estella of De Queen, John Cooper and his wife Cheryll of Seneca, South Carolina, Alesa Luna and her fiancé Adam Pantoja of Amarillo, Texas and Julia Marfut and husband Mike of Bremerton, Washington; five grandchildren, Heather, Bobby, Bethany, Jenifer and Robert; eleven grandchildren, Savannah, Madison, Brielle, Norah, Hannah, Derek, Kira, Jordan, Nathan, Jeremy and Rachel; one great-great-grandson, Leander; one brother, Wayne Scott Duncan and his wife Jenifer of Lexington, Kentucky; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucy Cooper will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Leah Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 21st, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Larry Duane Murray

From the Family: 

Larry D. Murray

10/10/1954-5/11/2021

Larry always said “I’ll be dead in 2 years anyway” and he was finally right!

He was loved by many and cursed by a few.

He had a huge heart, a bigger personality and was a very generous person, who will be sorely missed!

He is survived by family that isn’t dead yet.

~Sunshine

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

 

Jim Worley

Mr. Jimmy Ray Worley, affectionately known as “Jim,” passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Nashville, Arkansas, at the age of 72.

He was born one of nine children born to Robert Claburne and Opal Ruth Cushionberry Worley on March 17, 1949 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a 1969 graduate of Nashville High School and went on to obtain technical certificates. Jim married the love of his life, Kathy Elizabeth Halter, on April 11, 1969, in De Queen, and to this union, four daughters were born. Jim was a Locomotive Mechanic, beginning his career with Weyerhaeuser Company and retiring from De Queen and Eastern/Texas Oklahoma and Eastern Railroad. Jim and Kathy are members of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen, and Jim was a proud, 20 plus year member of the Worley-Self Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, running dogs, was an avid Razorbacks fan and he cherished his many years coaching girls’ softball. Jim was a storyteller, and whether it was true or not, he never failed to impress. More than anything, Jim cherished the time spent with Kathy, their children, and grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Anthony Lance McCleskey, Jr.; one brother, Don Worley; two sisters, Helen Laveley and Doris Schuyler; and two infant siblings, Eugene and Mary Worley.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Jim include his loving wife of over 52 years, Kathy Worley of De Queen; four daughters, Amy Everts and husband Tony of De Queen, Julie Strickland of De Queen, Mary Beth King and husband Slade of Nashville, and Leslie McCleskey and husband Anthony of De Queen; nine grandchildren, CJ (Jessica) Tugman, Katie Mullins, Haley Strickland, Jagger King, Jackson King, Cooper McCleskey, Kipton McCleskey, Rebecca (Jeremy) Brown, and Wendy Everts; ten great-grandchildren, Remington, Pasiley, Jadyn, Layla, Walker, Mason, Bentley, Gracelynn, Hailey, and Emery; two sisters, Sharon (Gary) Efird of Dierks, and Patricia Dyea of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one brother, Bobby (Mary) Worley of De Queen; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jim Worley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 14, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Bobby Fischer and Homer Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow at Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Ernest David Dellinger

Mr. Ernest David Dellinger, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Christus St. Michael Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1950 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He retired from Domtar Papermill. Ernest enjoyed fishing, hunting, and he always looked forward to the family coming in to hunt. He was a member of Coon Creek Hunting Club. He loved to collect knives, mow his lawn, and loved his dogs.

Mr. Dellinger was preceded in death by his parents Orus and Alice M. Smith Dellinger; two brothers, Buck and Dean Dellinger and one sister, Cora Lee Hoover.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Suzanne Marie Treadaway Dellinger of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Chasity Rose and Carl Wise of Shongaloo, Louisiana; one son, John Wesley of Lockesburg; grandchildren, Chip and wife BreAnna Bridges, Jonathan Dellinger, Michael Dellinger, Alexandra and husband Miguel Alvarez, McKenna Gryder, Audrey Wise; great grand-child, Faryn Grace Bridges; one brother and best friend, Will Ed Dellinger and wife Linda; one sister, Ruby Sue and husband Willie Booth and a host of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral home.

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

Pauline McCullough

Pauline McCullough was born in Murfreesboro, Arkansas attended schools in Arkadelphia, and graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1946. Thereafter, she attended one year of college at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia. In 1950 she married J.D. McCullough of Dierks, Arkansas. Together, they had two children, Rick and Sandra. The family lived many years in Gary, Indiana, all the while longing to come back to Arkansas. In about 1981, J.D. retired and they did indeed move back to Arkansas and started building their retirement home close to Greeson Lake near Newhope, Arkansas. After J.D.’s untimely death in 1993, she continued to live with her daughter, Sandra, in the house that she and J.D. built and lived there until shortly before her death.

She was a faithful, active member of The Church of Christ in Daisy, Arkansas, and had many friends from that congregation. She was the most kind-hearted, generous and welcoming person you could ever meet.

Survivors include: her daughter, Sandra, her daughter-in-law Kim McCullough, her four grandchildren, one great grand-daughter and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all six of her siblings, her husband J.D. and her son, Rick.

She now walks the streets of gold in God’s glory and is at peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services for Mrs. McCollough will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Walt Mizell, Barry Lindstrom, Mike Haggard and Kim McCullough officiating. Burial will follow in the Biggs Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 14th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez

El Sr. Juan Carlos González Hernández, de 40 años, residente de Horatio, Arkansas, murió el domingo 9 de mayo de 2021 en su casa.

Nació el 18 de mayo de 1980 en D.F., México. Fue miembro de la Iglesia Puerta de Ezperanza Broken Bow, Oklahoma y agricultor. Le gustaba jugar con su hija, ir a la iglesia, hacer ejercicio, correr con perros y comer mucho.

El Sr. González fue precedido en la muerte por sus padres, Luis González Rojo y Nicolása Hernández Ramírez.

Le sobreviven su esposa Yesenia Cuevas; tres hijas, Nicole González Cuevas, Arianna Cuevas y Miriam Cuevas; dos hermanos, Israel González, José Luis González y Marisol González y varias sobrinas y sobrinos y amigos especiales.

Los servicios funerarios del Sr. González se llevarán a cabo a la 1:00 p.m., miércoles 12 de mayo de 2021 en la capilla de la funeraria Wilkerson con el pastor Nessler Zaragoza oficiando. Seguirá el entierro en el cementerio Horatio.

La visualización se llevará a cabo de 5 a 8 p.m., el lunes 10 de mayo de 2021 y el martes 11 de mayo de 2021 de 8 a 8 p.m. en la funeraria.

Usen una mascarilla y practiquen el distanciamiento social por seguridad.

Puede dejar un pésame en línea en www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez, age 40, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 18,1980 in D.F., Mexico. He was a member of Puerta de Ezperanza Church Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a farmer. He enjoyed playing with his daughter, going to church, exercising, running with dogs and eating a lot.

Mr. Gonzalez was preceded in death by his parents, Luis Gonzalez Rojo and Nicolasa Hernandez Ramirez.

He is survived by his wife Yesenia Cuevas; three daughters, Nicole Gonzalez Cuevas, Arianna Cuevas and Miriam Cuevas; two brothers, Israel Gonzalez, Jose Luis Gonzalez and Marisol Gonzalez and a number of nieces and nephews and special friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Gonzalez will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nessler Zaragoza officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

Viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m., Monday, May 10, 2021 and Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 8-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Alan Derington

Mr. Alan Derington, age 55, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born February 1, 1966 in De Queen, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Derington was preceded in death by his parents Bobbie D. and Josephine Annie Austin Derington; grandparents, Walter and Erma Austin and Faye Derington and Myrtle Hamilton and two sisters, Patricia Sowell and Cynthia Lang.

He is survived by one sister, Sheri Derington and one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Cindy Derington, one niece Kayla Maturino, three nephews, Jay Jay Ward, Bobbie Ward, Colton and wife Logan; five great nieces and nephews Efrain Maturino, Sophia Maturino, Cash Ward, Bella Ward and Axel Ward.

Graveside services for Mr. Derington will be held at 3:00p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Sweet Home Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Paul Covington

Mr. Paul Howard Covington, Sr., age 82, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, April 30, 2021, at his home with his loving family by his side.

Paul was born the second of three children to the union of Richard Marvin and Pauline Payton Covington on September 8, 1938 in Ruston, Louisiana. He was a 1956 graduate of Ruston High School and went on to receive a Forestry degree from Louisiana Tech University, graduating in 1961. Paul married the love of his life, Judith Zachry, on March 28, 1959, in Ruston, and to this marriage, three children were born. Paul and Judy are members of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen, and Paul was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He enjoyed hunting, fishing, remote control airplanes, traveling, genealogy, and giving names to various animals that came around the house, but most of all, Paul cherished the time spent with Judy, their children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Payton Russ Covington.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Paul include his loving wife of over 62 years, Judy Covington of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Emily Covington of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Alan and Michele Covington of Russellville, Arkansas; one daughter, Sandra Covington of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Sara Beth (Kyle) Eubanks of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Payton Paul Covington of Farmington, Arkansas, Zachry Sawyer (Christina) Rentfro of Russellville, Arkansas, Rachel LeeAnn Covington of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Cole, Luke, and Anna Covington, all of Russellville, Arkansas; one great-grandchild, Jude David Eubanks of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one brother, Van Wesley Covington and his wife Judy of Brandon, Mississippi; as well as, his favorite puppy Molly, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Covington will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ruston, Louisiana, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends following the funeral service, Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Judy and family wish to express their deepest appreciation to Ashley McClendon for her generous and graceful care and love given to Mr. Paul over the past years.

In lieu of floral offerings, the family request that memorials be made to Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 527, De Queen, Arkansas 71832, or the Arkansas Kidney Association, 1818 N. Taylor Street #186, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207, in memory of Mr. Paul Covington.

 

 

 

Mrs. Reta Bradley

Mrs. Reta Jo Ann Adams Bradley, age 66, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

Mrs. Bradley was one of four children born to J.E. and Mable Elizabeth Smith Adams on March 31, 1955 in Lewisville, Arkansas. She was a 1973 graduate of Blevins High School and was a Licensed Practical Nurse. Reta formerly worked at the garment plant in Nashville, the bank in Blevins, and Diamond Bank in De Queen. She married the love of her life, Garth Edwin Bradley, Sr., on January 1, 1984. She and Edwin are members of the De Queen Church of Christ and Reta was a member of several quilting and sewing clubs. She enjoyed crafts, fishing with Edwin, canning, her animals, and hummingbirds, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and dear friends.

Reta believed in loving and helping others. She faithfully donated to Locks of Love when she could.

Reta was preceded in death by her father, J.E. Adams, and her brother-in-law, David Smith.

Those left to cherish her loving memory include her husband of over 37 years, Edwin Bradley, Sr. of De Queen; two sons and one daughter-in-law, JR Bradley and Steven (Paula) Bradley, all of Mena; one daughter, Beverly Ann Chambers of Mena; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; her mother, Mabel Adams of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Nancy Adams of De Queen, and Willie and Geanetta Adams of De Queen; one sister, Susan Smith of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Reta Bradley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 3, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 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.

Jacqueline Marie Burke-Andres

Jacqueline Marie Burke-Andres age73, a resident of Hot Springs, AR, died Friday, April 23, 2021 at CHI St.Vincent. She was born December 11,1947 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Ennis Burke and Etta Mae Walker- Burke.She was a Baptist and worked as a CNA and home health nurse.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ennis Burke; her mother, Etta Mae Burke; her son, Michael Jones; her brother, Douglas Burke; and her sisters Hellen Allen and Patricia Stafford.

She is survived by her three daughters, Patti Driver of DeQueen, AR. Bille Renee Quattlebaum of Hot Springs, AR, and Carmie Gillis of Nashville, Ar. One sister, Barbara Mitchell of Idabel, OK. Her ten grandchildren, and a number of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation Arrangements Entrusted to Arkansas Cremation. www.ArkansasCremation.com.

 

Robert Lynn “Bobby” Story

Mr. Robert Lynn “Bobby” Story, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 23, 2021 at his home.

He was born February 15, 1952 in De Queen, Arkansas. Bobby loved his family and grandkids; he enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved wood working. He was a Baptist. He was a line manager for Tyson.

Mr. Story was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie Rhea Story; his parents, Houston B. and Rose Bell Parrish Story and fourteen brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Tina Rhea Bailey of De Queen and Catherine Lynn and Jimmy Eastman of De Queen; grandchildren, Dustin Story, LaTosha Story, Kimberly and Jacob White, Dakota Eastman, Hannah Eastman and Shawn Eastman; two great grandchildren, Alijah Story and Paislynn Stinson and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private service was held.

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

 

Nelda Geraldine Saucedo

Nelda Geraldine Saucedo was born January 20, 1941 in Lockesburg, Arkansas to Richard Herbert Barnes and Elenor Willie Cox Barnes. Nelda gave her life to the Lord lead by Rev. Ryman Wilson at Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg at the age of 12.

She attended nursing school at West Community Hospital and graduated in 1979. She worked at the Waco Veterans Administration Hospital and then moved to Seattle working for the VA Hospital there for 20 years. She and her husband, Jose Saucedo retired and moved back to Waco in July 2020. Nelda loved her dogs Cowboy and Patsy. She also enjoyed old movies and any watching Chuck Norris, The Lone Ranger and Steven Segal. She was interested in Gemology and growing house plants. Nelda was known for her love of celebrating holidays with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Nelda is survived by her husband, Jose Saucedo; her daughters, Mary Ann Rocha, Linda Penix and her son, Douglas Gross; many grandchilden; and many great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Nelda Saucedo will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, May 3, 2021 in the Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, Texas 76708, with Pastor Richard Fendly officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 A.M., until service time, Monday, at Lake Shore Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at New Bethel Cemetery near De Queen, under the direction of Lake Shore and Chandler Funeral Homes. You may send an online sympathy message at www.lakeshorefuneralhome.com or www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Stephen Otho Lites

Mr. Stephen Otho Lites, age 74, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born April 18, 1947 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mr. Lites was a welder and a maintenance planner for GP. He retired from Georgia Pacific Ashdown paper mill. He graduated in 1965 from Dierks High School. He was a Justice of the Peace, served on the Dierks City Council, original member of Dierks Jaycees, having served all positions, was Vice President of Arkansas State Jaycees and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Lites was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell Otho and Selma Jean Sivley Lites.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Lites; one son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Tammy Lites; grandchildren, Caitlin and husband Michael Collins, Cody Lites; and one great- granddaughter, Paisley Grace.

Funeral services for Mr. Lites will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Dierks Church of Christ with Michael Collins, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m., Thursday, April 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Robert F. Helms

November 19, 2020, Robert F. Helms Sr. of Gillham realized his desire to be reunited with his bride of more than 77 years: Hazel.

Better known as “Bobby” he was 97 years old and lived a good and very active life. His often-stated greatest passion was his love for his wife. They were simply inseparable. When Hazel died in 2017, Bobby insisted there was no need for an elaborate service; he would be along shortly, and then it could be a grand affair.

Their love affair began at an early age. In fact, he was too young (age 15) to marry when they eloped to a justice of the peace. He “forged” his birthdate on the marriage license application to allow the ceremony to take place.

He and Hazel would spend the next 77+ years together raising five children and running a large-scale poultry and cattle farm. They were life-long, active members of the King, De Queen and Ashdown Churches of Christ. Both Bobby and Hazel loved the church and the people of the church.

Bobby and Hazel also were intrepid travelers. They managed to travel to all contiguous U.S. states and Alaska in their motor home. The Alaska journey was along the then all-mud and gravel Alaskan Highway–with Hazel at the wheel! They were members of the Good Sam’s Club and enjoyed camping and socializing with club members on nearby lakes.

Bobby and Hazel enjoyed and appreciated Sevier County’s recognition of senior citizens on Senior Day. They were recognized as the County’s longest married couple three times.

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife Hazel, a daughter, Sharon Inez Helms, and a son, Joe David Helms. Survivors include two sons, Robert Helms II of North Carolina & Don Helms of Sandpoint, Idaho, one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Don Gilbert of Maumelle, Ark. and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Robert Helms II officiating. Interment for Bobby and Hazel will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

Hazel and Bobby are now united in eternity.

 

 

 

Carolyn Elizabeth “Twinkle” Slay King

Carolyn Elizabeth “Twinkle” Slay King peacefully left her earthy life on Saturday April 24, 2021. Carolyn was born in Houston, Texas on March 7, 1954, to Ila Ryan Slay and John Archie Slay.

In Carolyn’s childhood and youth, she attended and was baptized at Park Memorial Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. As a teenager she became a member of the Houston Spinnerettes, which at that time were the Ambassadors of Houston, greeting people at the airport, marching in parades, as well as, conducting fund raising projects throughout Houston. At a young age Carolyn became “Twinkle” to her family and close friends. She and her sister Kathryn were “Tweedle and Twinkle”, which made for some hilarious and interesting stories. Twinkle loved the beach, ocean and enjoyed collecting seashells. On her trips back to visit her sister Tweedle, she would often bring her some seashells she had collected from the California coast. Twinkle enjoyed singing the songs from the movie, “The sound of music”. She would spend hours listening and singing to the vinyl record until she wore it out. As a teenager, growing up during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the spark of adventure led her to meet her husband Paul Terry King, who was a musician. Together they traveled to many destinations throughout the United States. In time they had five children, which became Carolyn’s entire world. Carolyn did not have a selfish bone in her body, if she did, it was exceedingly small. She was very caring and self-sacrificing all her life, always putting others needs above her own, but she would not have wanted it any other way. Carolyn became a widow when her husband passed away in 2013.

Carolyn leaves behind her precious children, Erica Jean Azar and husband Robert of Houston, Texas, Shayla Lux Autrey and husband Grant of Morgan City, Louisiana, Leslie Faye King of Hope, Arkansas, Jamie Renee King of Malvern, Arkansas, and Paul Terry King Jr. of San Diego, California; ten grandkids, Christopher “Cordell” King and wife Hannah of De Queen, Arkansas, Sara and Robbie Azar of Houston, Texas, Dakota Lux of Morgan City, Louisiana, Lillian, Rose, and Jude Autrey of Morgan City, Louisiana, and Nathaniel, Hunter and Abby King of De Queen, Arkansas.

Even though Twinkle never returned to live in Houston, she is leaving several family members, friends, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Houston/Paris area, of which are Kathryn “Tweedle” Slay Jones, of Willis, Texas, Sharon Price of Paris, Texas, John Slay of Houston, and Brian Jones of The Woodlands, Texas. Twinkle has just left this earthly life for her journey to be in God’s heavenly kingdom. For as it is written in God’s word in John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her {Martha} “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” May God bless Carolyn’s soul.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn King will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ann Holley officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Bobby Joe Farley, Sr.

Mr. Bobby Joe Farley, Sr. age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 17, 1936 in Dierks, Arkansas. Bobby was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 39 years as a supply clerk. He raised game chickens and liked to raise flowers and hunting.

Mr. Farley was preceded in death by his parents Embra and Mildred Efird Farley and one brother, Charles Farley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Bernice Nabors Farley; one son, Joey Farley of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, Roy Carl Farley and wife Omagene of Fayetteville, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Farley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Dierks Church of Christ with Terry Martin and Kevin Harrington officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-7p.m., Friday, April 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Zona Winell “Nell” Wilson

Mrs. Zona Winell “Nell” Barto Wilson, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her home.

She was born February 28, 1931 in Sugar Hill, Texas. She was a water department clerk for the City of De Queen, switchboard operator and disk jockey for KDQN. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Texarkana, Texas and attended First Assembly of God Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Opal Otsy Haren Barto and her husband, Jim Wilson.

She is survived by her significant other for over 20 years, Bob Kellums; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Cherie Wilson; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Bobby Harrison of Argyle, Texas; a special friend, Debi Coleman of Anaheim, California; one sister, Wilma Gentle of Hope, Arkansas; one brother, Jerry Barto of Lewisville, Texas; five grandchildren, thirteen great- grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at First Assembly of God Church in De Queen with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Brother Ron Drye officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, 826 N. Kings Hwy, Wake Village, Texas 75501 under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5-7p.m., Thursday, April 22th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Thomas Earl Sims

Mr. Thomas Earl Sims, ninety-one years of age, passed from this life on  April 14, 2021 at his son’s home in De Queen, Arkansas.  He was born June 4, 1929 to Homer and Maude Sims, of Dallas, Texas. Tom was a proud Navy Veteran and could tell some stories. He loved history and reading. Before his wife’s death, they enjoyed RVing in the West. He delighted in grandkids and great grandkids. He cheered on the Dallas Cowboys and always enjoyed watching football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hazel Joyce who he shared sixty-four years with, daughter Deborah Campbell, two sisters, Evenlyn Austin and Velma Davis.

Left to cherish his memory, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Glenda Sims of De Queen, Arkansas, his sister, Thema Green of Pantego, Texas, his grandchildren,  Jeremy, Brandon (Crystal) and Justin (Rena) of De Queen, Arkansas, Amanda Barton (Carl) of Stow, Ohio, Matt Campbell of Colorado Springs,  Colorado and Danielle Campbell of London UK.  Along with eight great-grandchildren, Dakota, Logan, Blake, Penelope, JD, Landry, Jakob, and Annaliese. And let us not forget his ever-present chihuahua, Coco, whom he loved so.

Services will be Tuesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Mrs. Betty Lutz

Mrs. Betty Marie Mangold Lutz, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her home.

Betty was born December 10, 1934 in De Queen, Arkansas to Earl and Marie Mangold. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas McKinley Lutz; her father, Earl Mangold; her mother, Marie Mangold; brothers, Floyd Walker and M.E. Walker; and her sister, Elizabeth Hoover.

She leaves behind to cherish her loving memory, her daughter, Melissa Marie Lutz, and her son, Mark Mangold Lutz, both of De Queen; one grandson, Garrett Lutz of Texas; and a number of nieces, and nephews. She also leaves her cherished brothers and sisters of the De Queen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Betty faithfully served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since her baptism in Texas in 1957. She loved and cherished her Christian ministry. She loved teaching others about the Bible and how God’s Kingdom is the true solution to all mankind’s problems.

Betty supported her husband in his foreign service career assignments around the world. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She was a gourmet cook and led various international cooking groups overseas. She worked as a medical assistant for years. She was an accomplished artist and loved sharing her talent with others, especially young ones. She had an incredible love for animals and cherished each and every one.

Those closest to Betty describe her as the most loving and generous person ever. She is the greatest mother, wife, and friend a person could ever hope to have.

Services for Mrs. Betty Lutz will be held via Zoom at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 24, 2021, with Jerry Brazeal officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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Billy Ray Tallant

Billy Ray Tallant, age 54, a resident of Line Road, Haworth, OK, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born July 31, 1966 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Ronald and Linda Tunnell Tallant. Billy Ray was a mechanic, carpenter, and a man of many talents.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Carol Wise Tallant; two sons, Garlon James Swistok and Travis John Swistok both of Simms, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Tammy Tallant of Arkinda, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Gina and Jesse Tucker of Ashdown, AR and Jenifer Bearden and Billy Steiner, Jr. of Foreman, Arkansas; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and several special nieces and nephews that he loved like his own children.

Graveside funeral services for Billy Ray will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends 2:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

Roger H. Click

Rodger H. Click, 91 of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away Saturday April 10, 2021. He was born on April 1, 1930 in Winthrop, the oldest child of Loma and Dick Click. Rod graduated from Winthrop High School and from there went to college at Magnolia A&M for two years. He then graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954 with a degree in Agriculture. While attending college he married Wanda Sorrels. During his high school years he delivered ice and helped his grandmother milk cows each morning for shipment. After college he worked as an instructor teaching farming skills to veterans. He then took a position at Winthrop school as an agriculture and science teacher for 22 years. Afterwards, he established Click Pulpwood in Winthrop where he bought pulpwood for International Paper Company. He also raised cattle until the age of 89.
Rod and Wanda enjoyed raising three children and he also loved spending time with his four grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan, baseball being his favorite. He and friends would catch the train in Winthrop and ride to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play. As a young man he and others would play baseball on Sunday afternoons. He and Wanda would often take their children to watch professional baseball games. Opening day this year was on his birthday and he was in his recliner ready when it came on. He was an Arkansas Razorback fan of all sports.

He is predeceased by his wife, Wanda, son, Rodger D. Click and nephew, Randy Murry. He is survived by two daughters and one son-in -law Pam Click and Melanie and Mickey Buchanan; four grandchildren, Courtney Click (Sarah) and Carly Stanley (Garrett), Dylan Buchanan, and Ty Buchanan; and four great-grandchildren, Madison Click, Emmy Click, Mia Stanley and Garrison Stanley. He is also survived by five siblings Dr. Mary Ellen Jenkins (Bobby), Steve Click, Sharon Oglesby (Darrel), Donna Murry (Jimmy), and Charlie Click (Anita). Pallbearers are his nephews and nieces John Jenkins, Stephen Jenkins, Stephanie Roberson, Becky Nelson, Stephen Click, Jim Murry, Clark Murry, Craig Click and Jason Click.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winthrop School Restoration and Campground Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the funeral home. Funeral Services for Mr. Click will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 in the Winthrop First Baptist Church with Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop.

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

 

 

Walter Dewitt Seale

Walter Dewitt Seale, age 75, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Springdale, Arkansas.

He was born April 27, 1945 in Mena, Arkansas. He was Purchasing Manager for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, and was an avid Razorback fan. He was always willing to help anyone and was loved by many. Mr. Seale was a Deacon of First Baptist Church of Dierks.

Dewitt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Benjamin and Ruby Pearl Spurling Seale; two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon Phillips Seale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Dr. Lindsey Seale of Springdale, AR; Shaun and Amy Seale of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Craig Stout of West Fork, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Neil Connor of Quitman, Texas; six grandchildren, Alexandra Seale, Grayson Seale, Savannah Lippincott and husband Tyler, Cameron Stout, Peyton Stout, Logan Stout and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Seale will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Craig Chambers and Fred Wetzel officiating. Burial will be in Breashears Cemetery in Story, Arkansas.

General viewing for Mr. Seale will be held 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Donations may be made to the Building Fund at FBC, Dierks P.O. Box 438 Dierks, Arkansas 71833.

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

 

 

Rayford Alton Bowden

Rayford Alton Bowden, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 30, 1938 in Owassa, Alabama. He was a CPA and plant manager at Pilgrims Pride. He was active in the Salvation Army and was a member of Gideons international and a member of 1st Assembly of God Church in De Queen were he helped establish the Royal Rangers.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Fay Spence Bowden; his first wife, Lela Dozier Bowden; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Billy Wells; one brother, Howard Bowden and one grandson, Zachary Bowden.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bell Bowden; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Kristin Bowden of Hot Springs, Johnny and Sheri Hall of De Queen, one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Huey Gees of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; one brother, Jerry Bowden of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Brett, Jessica, Cheyenne Hall, Ryan and wife Ashlee, Aaron, Joshua Bowden and Landon Thweatt and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

A graveside memorial service for Mr. Bowden will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Old Piney Cemetery with Ron Drye and Ryan Bowden officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Leroy Williams

Leroy Williams born February 2, 1962 to Reed and Nollies Broach Williams in Mena, Arkansas.

Leroy was a loved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He worked hard doing insulation work on power plants, traveling to different locations. When an accident in 2003 left him unable to work, he was able to enjoy watching birds flock to his feeders. He looked forward to Spring to get started gardening. He loved this, it was his passion. His gardens were full and beautiful and always bountiful enough to share quite a bit. He loved hunting and fishing too and family get togethers. He was family oriented and never hesitated if anyone needed him, he would drop what he was doing to help. He adored his two grandkids and took pride in teaching them a wide variety of handy ways to do things and his cute phrases he always said like, “papa got it.” He loved and cherished his wife Tammy for every minute of their 26 years. They had the phrase, “two mules pulling the same plow” and they worked thru to the end pulling the same plow. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray Williams, JL Williams, and Grover Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy; daughter, Nikki Odle; two grandkids, Ali and Jack; one brother, Joe Williams and wife Elaine; five sisters, Becky Sherrouse of Wickes, Arkansas, Mary and husband John Whitlow, Ruby and husband Edward, Billy Faye and husband John, and Betty and husband Jim Williamson. Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the West View Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Mary Ellen Morgan Gorman

Mrs. Mary Ellen Morgan Gorman, age 82, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, April 9, 2021 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

She was born January 13, 1939 in Saltillo, Texas. Mary was a homemaker and worked with her husband in logging. She enjoyed raking her yard, her dogs and baking tea cakes. She was a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ.

Mrs. Gorman was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph A. and Alberta Galloway Morgan; her husband of 41 years Charlie Everett “Ebb” Gorman; one brother, Billy Joe Morgan; three sisters, Betty Kennedy, Effie Rogers and Judy Davis.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Edward Gorman and Jacki of Foreman, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Lavonne Ward of Winthrop and Nora Alberta and Guy Blair of Witts Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Jan Davis of Foreman; one brother, Curtis Morgan, of Pittsburg, Texas; six grandchildren, Marla D. Ward, Wyatt L. Ward, Ashley D. Ward Bell, Sara Stewart, Mahala Gorman and Charlie Gorman; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gorman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Campground Cemetery Pavilion with James McRae officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Campground Cemetery fund, P.O. Box 308, Winthrop, AR 71866.

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

 

Craig Lawrence Gaylord

Mr. Craig Lawrence Gaylord, age 64, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born the second of four sons to the union of Donald Warren and Marilyn Ann David Gaylord on December 17, 1956 in Lancaster, California. Prior to retirement, Craig worked in Maintenance for Tyson Foods and formerly for Lockheed Martin. He enjoyed working on vehicles, hunting, floating the river, and being outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent riding motorcycles and with his family.

He was preceded in death by mother, Marilyn Gaylord.

Craig leaves to cherish his loving memory, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jeremiah and Mandy Gaylord of Taft, California, Jason Gaylord of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Jasiah and Blayze Gaylord of Fellows, California; seven grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Kaison, Jasara, Kailee, Cyris, and Zillah; his father, Donald Gaylord of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers, Mike Gaylord of Horatio, Brian Gaylord and wife Tonya of Pensacola, Florida, and David Gaylord and wife Tonya of Horatio, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later time. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Helen Long

Mrs. Helen Joyce Craig Long, age 91, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at her home with family by her side.

Helen was born the youngest of ten children to Henry Mack and Grace Augusta Miller Craig on Tuesday, February 18, 1930 in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Edwin Long, on December 24, 1948 in De Queen, and to this union, two daughters were born. Helen was a graduate of the De Queen High School and went on to receive a master’s degree in Science from the Oklahoma City University. She faithfully served thirty years as an Educator with the Oklahoma City Public Schools. After retirement, she returned to De Queen to serve an additional five years as an Educator for the De Queen Public Schools. She and Edwin were members of the First United Methodist Church and Helen enjoyed cooking, gardening and reading, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Grace Craig; her loving husband of over 55 years, Edwin Long; and her siblings, Jewel Ward, H.M. Craig, Lucille Whitley, Blanche Willoughby, Chester Craig, Roy Craig, Clovis “Cody” Craig, Oliver Craig, and an infant sibling.

Those left to cherish her precious memory include two daughters and a son-in-law, Cynthia Long of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Sheryl and Jim Hatcher of Double Oak, Texas; five grandchildren, Craig Buzbee and his fiancé Terry Devlin of De Queen, Bryce Buzbee of De Queen, Ryan Hatcher and his wife Jessica of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Andrew Hatcher of Fort Worth, Texas, and Colin Hatcher and his wife Carlon of Muskegon, Michigan; eight great-grandchildren, Alex and Cash Buzbee, Ivy Buzbee, Elijah, Joseph, Isaac, and Lillian Hatcher, and Errol Hatcher; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mrs. Helen Long will receive friends for a Memorial Visitation to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

William “Bill” Powers, Sr.

William “Bill” Hayden Powers, Sr. age 78, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at his home.

He was born June 20, 1942, in Dierks, Arkansas. He was an engineer for Weyerhaeuser. He was a U.S. Marine, a Baptist, enjoyed hunting and playing music, and was a Mason for over 50 years.

Mr. Powers was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden Cortez and Jewell Teague Powers; one brother and sister, Jesse Powers and Barbara Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris Jean Weaver Powers; one daughter and son-in-law, MaChelle and Brian Reid of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Jr. and Angela Powers, of Eunice, NM and John David and Mary Powers of De Queen; three grandchildren, Ryan Reid, Maddison Powers and Hayden Powers; one great grandchild, Cooper Reid; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Glenda Allen of Dierks and Linda and Earl Williams of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service with military honors for Mr. Powers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Greens Chapel Cemetery near Dierks with Bro. Bobby Neal and Bro. Bobby Smith officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 9, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Gene Wayne Leverett

Gene Wayne Leverett, age 77, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at his home.

He was born April 8, 1943 in Horatio, Arkansas. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Commander Sergeant Major. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a deacon and member of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads.

Gene was preceded in death by his son, Cary Neil Leverett and his parents, Noel Faye and Ethel Mae Dossett Leverett; two brothers, Raymond Leverett and Noel Leverett; one sister, Bobby McDonald.

He is survived by his wife Louise Armer Leverett; one son Kevin Leverett of Douglassville, Texas; one daughter, Gena Leverett of Horatio; two grandchildren, Keagan Anne Leverett and Elle Mae Sannes and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Leverett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday April 5, 2021 at First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bro. Roy Conatser and Bro. Mark Markle officiating. Burial will follow at Horatio Cemetery, 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

 

Novadean Shelton

Novadean (Davis) Shelton of Geneva, AR moved on from this life Sunday March 28, 2021 with her family by her side in Tahlequah, OK after a long illness. At a wise 75 years of age, she decided it was her time to go see Papaw and Mamaw.

Novadean, also known as grandma, was born to Levi and Vivian Davis of Chapel Hill, AR October 28th 1945. She was the younger sister of Levi Davis Jr and the twin sister of Imagean Packnett. She was raised on a small farm in the Cerrogordo community where she attended primary school at Horatio. She became a student in the De Queen school system her junior year and received her diploma in 1964.

Novadean had many talents and hobbies that were unmistakable to anyone who knew her. She always enjoyed working in her garden, picking blackberries, watching the birds, baking, taking long hikes with picnics and spending time with her fur-babies as well as her children and grandchildren. Her annual vacations with her daughter, Mia, brought her so much joy as they traveled across the country exploring new states and of course, eating the best food. She loved attending all of her children and grandchildren’s sport events, plays, and livestock shows as she was the ultimate supporter in all of her kids. 

Novadean spent her life as a devoted loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as daughter, sister, and friend to many. She is remembered by her family as a dedicated warrior with resilience and determination with no fear in mind. She adored and loved her family with all of her heart and always made the ultimate sacrifice for the ones she loved. In this life, she was an inspiration of what being a strong, independent woman was and she will always be remembered that way.

Novadean was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Vivian Davis as well as her brother-in-law Phillip Cox.

She is survived by her brother Levi (Linda) Davis of Monticello, AR and her sister Imagean (Gheri) Packnett of De Queen, AR. She has three children; Mia (James Waffle) Revels of Tahlequah, OK; Charles Revels of De Queen, AR; James (Veronica) Revels of Geneva, AR; Four granddaughters; Sarah Gray of Fort Smith, AR; Tashia (Cole) Baker of Alma, AR; Emily Revels of De Queen, AR; and Raven Revels of Geneva, AR. Two grandsons; Cody (Summer) Revels of Mount Pleasant, TX and Waylon (Summer) Revels of Lockesburg, AR. Eight great-grandchildren; Ashlynn Gray of Fort Smith, AR; Declan and Elliot Baker of Alma, AR; Cedric Mann of De Queen, AR; Madison and Amelia of Mount Pleasant, TX; Natalie Graham and Corbin James Revels of Lockesburg, AR. Her two nephews were John David Cox of Benton, AR, and Ward Davis of Nashville, TN. She had one niece, Susan Phillips of Rogers, AR. She also survived by many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends who adored and cherished her.

She kept her friends always dear and close to her heart. Willa Gathright of Lockesburg, AR has been Novadean’s lifelong friend who she cared about deeply and always wanted what was best for her. Lazell Wiley of Mount Pleasant, TX always made sure to visit with Novadean and adored their friendship for years.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the American Cancer Society in Novadean’s name.

Graveside Service will be Saturday April 3rd, 2021 at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, AR at 10:00 a.m..

 

Allen Ray Mallette

Allen Ray Mallette passed from this life into the arms of his Savior on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. He was born in Atlantic, Iowa, to Gene and Rosemary Mallette on June 10th, 1950. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1968. He attended Emmaus Bible College in Chicago for a year before enrolling in Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. in forestry in May of 1973.

Immediately after graduation he headed to Rogers, Arkansas, to marry Teresa Gail Brewer on June 2nd, 1973. He and Teresa spent the summer in Hill City, South Dakota, where Allen worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In August of 1973, Allen and Teresa moved to De Queen after Allen began working for Weyerhaeuser, Co. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 10 1/2 years. He began his forestry consulting business, Mallette Forestry, in 1983. He was semi-retired. He loved people and enjoyed getting to know his many clients, helping them to manage their land and timber. He taught a forestry course at UA Cossatot for several years and got a kick out of the young people he taught.

Allen loved his church and his Lord. He was deacon a First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir for many years and was a much loved adult Sunday school teacher.
He loved hunting and fishing and just spending time in the outdoors. He knew the names of most wildflowers and could usually tell a bird by its call. He loved our cats and dogs. He and Teresa found homes for many stray dogs and cats through the years.

He loved his family and his friends. He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Teresa, his son, Kirk Mallette (wife Natasha) and granddaughters, Navah and Marin of Corvallis, Oregon, and son, Lance Mallette (wife Jenn) and grandsons, Silas and Arthur of Boise, Idaho, and a daughter-in-love, Tasma Irons. Other immediate family members are brother, Larry (Mary Ann), of Hot Springs, sister, Annette Lumley (Milt) of Chicago, and sister, Lori Slutz (Randy) of Pocatello, Idaho.

A private graveside service for Mr. Mallette will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Chapel Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in De Queen with Bro. Josh Herweck and Bro. Micah Martin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Bible Society, P.O Box 96812 Washington, D.C. 20090-6812 or First Baptist Church, Food Closet, 1535 W. Collin Raye Drive De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

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

 

Fred Lee Payne

Fred Lee Payne, age 89, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 16, 1932 in Wilton, Arkansas. Fred enjoyed watching wrestling and western movies. He was a farmer and a pulp wood hauler.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Pond Payne; his parents, Ovie Payne and Lula Mae Deaton; step-father, Diego Deaton; children, Nancy Payne Nelson, Janice Payne Jones, and two infant daughters; eight brothers and sisters, Daniel Payne, Bernice Payne, Mildred Glover, Ola Mae Summerell, Christine Hendrix, Martha Kay Cummings, David Payne and Lawrence Deaton.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Payne and Glen Batten of Wilton, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Bradley Payne and Sandy of Foreman; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Martha Payne; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ada Ruth Russell, Frances Jones, Patty Gail and Mark Sukiennik; eleven grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Payne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday April 1, 2021 at Winthrop Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31 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

 

Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins

Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins, age 73, passed from this life on Friday, March 26, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born to Dan and Mildred Watkins on September 1, 1947. He married the love of his life on June 29, 1970 and from this union two daughters and a son were born.

Carroll Wayne was a quiet, shy man who loved big. He loved God, his wife and her cooking, especially her homemade biscuits. Carroll Wayne loved his children, his grandchildren and his animals. He loved singing gospel music, reading, especially Native American history and the Bible. He loved to tell the story of the first time he saw his wife and he knew immediately that she would one day be his wife. He loved banana pudding, pocketknives, a crackling hot fire, classic cars and playing Scrabble. Most of all Carroll Wayne loved time spent with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving grandparents, Jim and Clara Hendricks and his wonderful, loving Aunt, Merlene Hendricks Mize.

Carroll Wayne leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Joyce Watkins; his daughter Sabrina Johnson and her husband, Christopher Johnson; his son Carroll Wayne Watkins, II and his wife, Amy Watkins; his daughter, Hannah Watkins and her significant other Sean Oler; four grandchildren, Katherine and Brody Watkins and Jessica and Corbin Johnson; his brother, Barry Watkins; and his nephews, Brennan and Braxton Watkins.

Funeral Services for Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Old Center Church, Horatio, Arkansas, with Pastor Wakley officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 4-6 pm, Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old Center Cemetery Association, 1231 Central Road Horatio, AR, 71842 or a charity of your choice.

 

 

Charles Devin Kissinger

Charles Devin Kissinger, age 36 a resident of Texarkana, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Wadley hospital in Texarkana a result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

He was born October 4, 1984, in De Queen, Arkansas. He attecnd Horatio School; he worked for T&A Trucking Service; he was a computer genius and he enjoyed keeping up with the latest technology. Devin was a truck driver and diesel mechanic and a Baptist. Devin is loved and will be greatly missed. He was a proud member of the Hells Lovers Motorcycle Club of Texarkana, Texas and was dedicated to his chosen brothers, Jimmie Sixx, Trouble, Bam Bam, Sonic, Wicked, Nappy, Showtime.

Devin is survived by his children Grayson, Dustie; his father Charles “Buck” Kissinger and his mother Cindie Roberts of Horatio, his brother, Caleb Kissinger of Panama, Oklahoma; Rowdy Roberts of Horatio; two sisters, Shyla Kissinger of De Queen and Summer Roberts of De Queen; his paternal grandparents, Charlie and Barbara Kissinger of Horatio; a maternal grandparents Mack and Mary Lambeth of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Vernell McKelvy Loe

Vernell Delila Green McKelvy Loe, age 91, passed away March 21, 2021 at Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab in Prescott.

Mrs. Loe was born at Cale, Arkansas April 4, 1929 to the late Luchus Berry and Tena Helsel Green.

She worked as a homemaker, farm worker, and was manager of the Prescott Farm Store for several years. She served as mayor of Bluff City from 2001 to 2013. She loved gardening, growing flowers, and crafts. She was a member of the Bluff City Church of Christ, where she taught classes for the young children.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ruel McKelvy; her second husband, Olen Loe; three brothers, Lonnie D. Green, Imon Lee Green, and James D. Green; two sisters, Mae Belle Green and Helen May.

She is survived by a step-son, who was like a son to her, Jerry McKelvy and wife Jeanie of Camden; two sons, Billy Ray McKelvy and wife Robbie of DeQueen, Arkansas, Eddy Gene McKelvy, wife Connie of Bluff City, Arkansas; one brother, Homer Green, wife Janice of Rosston, Arkansas; two sisters, Betty Tomlin, husband Dent of Rosston, Arkansas, Marie Bussell, husband Kenneth of Camden, Arkansas; three grandsons, Adam McKelvy (Ashley), Joseph McKelvy (Elizabeth), Daniel McKelvy (Jade); one granddaughter, Ashley McKelvy; three grandsons, Garrett, Bennett and Ruel; two great-granddaughters, Ella and Lorraine; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Due to Covid restrictions, all attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing at the visitation and funeral service.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Brazzel/Cornish 1196 Hwy 371 West Prescott, Arkansas, 71857.

Funeral service will be 10:00am on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Bluff City Church of Christ, with Bro. Phil Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluff City. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of BRAZZEL/Cornish Funeral Home, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online condolences www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Cemetery Association at 2680 Warren Ave., Camden, AR 71701, or to a charity of your choice.

 

 

Janelle (Jan) Baughn Holmes

Janelle (Jan) Baughn Holmes, age 59, a resident of Benton, Ar and former resident of De Queen, AR, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, AR.

She was born in Newton, Kansas, June 29, 1961 to Roy and Virginia Jackson Baughn.

Jan was widely known and loved for her career in caring for the sick and using her knowledge and skills to teach other health care workers. She was a CPR instructor, a national registered Emergency Medical Technician, a member of the Bauxite Fire Department, a licensed Esthetician and owner and operator of “Facials by Jan” in downtown Benton. She made time to spend with her family and was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and “Nana”. Friends were numerous, as she was endearing, joyful, loving and kind and they gave back as much as they got from her. She had a heart of gold but that heart finally gave out on her when God decided she needed to rest from her many years of tending to others. She will be missed by many.

Jan was preceded in death by her father Roy Baughn, her brother Dwane Baughn and all maternal and paternal grandparents.

Jan is survived by her husband, Howard; two sons, Chris and wife Alaine, and Josh Holmes of Benton; two grandchildren Aubry and C.J.; her mother Virginia Baughn of Horatio; two sisters, Lisa Johnson and husband Archie of De Queen, Belinda Moore of Broken Bow, Okla. and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service has been planned for Jan Holmes, Saturday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the home of her mother in Horatio, Ark.

The speaker at the memorial service will be Bobby Tatum, Minister of Horatio Church of Christ, and any friends of Jan are welcome to attend and speak of their memories of Jan.

 

 

Mrs. Irma Wood

Mrs. Irma Sue Jacobs Wood was the youngest of ten children born to A. C. “Buck” and Virdie Bryant Jacobs. Irma was born on April 23, 1941 in Bethel, Oklahoma, and passed from this life on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Denton, Texas, after having attained the age of 79 years, 11 months, and 6 days.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, worked in Leather Goods and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene Wood; her brothers, Austin Jacobs, Baustin Jacobs, George Thomas Jacobs, Hubert Jacobs, Marion Jacobs, and J. D. Jacobs; infant sister, Virdie Jo Jacobs, and Birdie Walker.   

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son Eldon Marshall and his girlfriend Misty Rickard of Bowie, Texas; a daughter, Virdie Reichel of Duncan, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Brian McClain, Brittani Marshall, Shelby Marshall, Celest Rickard, Zane Rickard, and Tristan Rickard; a great-grandchild, Christine Richard; a brother, M. C. Jacobs of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Irma Wood will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Louise “Granny” Gaddis Little

Louise “Granny” Gaddis Little, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home.

She was born April 19, 1932, in Langley, Arkansas. She was a housekeeper for De Queen schools for 18 years and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents, William C. and Mollie McAnnelly Gaddis and her husband, Dale Little; one brother, Harold David Gaddis; one sister, Ruby Smalley; brother-in-law, A.C. Smalley.

She is survived by one son; Tommy Little of De Queen; one daughter, Dalana Chandler of De Queen; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Jean Wilcher of De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Cremation arrangement by Wilkerson 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

 

 

Henry Lee Jones

Mr. Henry Lee Jones, age 58, of Foreman, Arkansas, was called home to be with is Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Henry was born on June 30, 1962 in Foreman, Arkansas. He worked as a Laborer for Pallet One in New Boston, Texas and in Janitorial for Domtar in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was a member of Richland Baptist Church in Foreman and enjoyed fishing and watching football. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburg Steelers. Most of all, Henry cherished the time spent with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Jones; two sisters, Loretta Threadgill and Geneva Williams; and a nephew, Terri Lynn Threadgill.

Those left to cherish his many memories include, the love of his life whom he shared twenty-three loving years, Clathea McFalls of Foreman; three daughters, Tierra Jones of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Shamecka Jones of Foreman, and Katerra Cooper of Nash, Texas; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Eatha Mae and Alford Williams of Foreman, Ester and Anthony Haskins of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Wilma Burris of Foreman; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Joseph and Summer Jones of Foreman, Erick and Kim Jones of Foreman, and Charles Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a special brother, Bobby Joe Baker and his wife Senda of Foreman; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Jones will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Earl Williams and Pastor Glenda Threadgill officiating. Burial will follow at the Alfred French Cemetery, Foreman, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. General viewing will be held at 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 26th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Cassondra Gale Riddle

Cassondra Gale Riddle, age 30, of Royse City, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Wylie, Texas. She is survived by her sons: Luke Alexander Webb, age 11, and Gabriel Ashton Rhodes, age 8; her siblings: Daniel L. Riddle of Denver, Colorado; Tiffany A. Fry and husband Matthew of Fayetteville, Georgia; F. Storm Kwiatkowski and husband Rudy of Irvine, California; Katrina J. Gay and husband Beau of Centerton, Arkansas, and Robert Gregory Fuller of Rowlett, Texas; her parents Donald and Laura Riddle of Texarkana, Arkansas and Donna and John Garrett of Rockwall, Texas; her grandparents, Ronald and Wanda Riddle of Mena, Arkansas; Barbara Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida, and Bill and Flora McChristian of Mena, Arkansas; 6 nephews, 3 nieces, and a great many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, George Montague Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida.

Known mainly as “Cassie,” she was a consummate athlete, an award-winning long distance runner, pole vaulter, and cheerleader. She was a talented artist and musician who enjoyed arts and crafts and teaching others about physical fitness, becoming a yoga instructor and track coach. She started her own business, Royse City Dance Academy in 2016. But her greatest role was as a loving mother to both Luke and Gabriel, born with a rare condition that severely limits his mobility. Her devotion to her sons was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Cassie was a student at Texas A&M Commerce studying to become a livestock veterinarian. She was scheduled to graduate this spring. The University has agreed to award Cassie a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree.
Cassie was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend.

Cassie is considered by many to be a superstar, and her light will continue to shine, though its duration on Earth has ended far too early. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. As she taught Gabriel to remind ourselves how we are strong, we will always remember these words when we remember his mother: “Strong muscles, strong mind, strong heart.”

Funeral service will be Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Ron Tilley officiating. Interment to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God.

Pallbearers are Matthew Fry, Rudy Kwiatkowski, Beau Gay, Paul Blackketter, Robert Fuller, and Daniel Riddle. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald G. Riddle and Bill E. McChristian.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Cassie’s honor to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas, 75219.

 

Adolfo R. Hernandez

Adolfo R. Hernandez, age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born September 27, 1929 in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was retired from Pilgrims and was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Mr. Hernandez was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Hernandez and Concepcion Ramirez; and four brothers, Andres R. Hernandez, Marcos R. Hernandez, Ma. de Jesus R. Hernandez and Faustino R. Hernandez.

He is survived by his wife, Marcelina Guzman de Hernandez; seven daughters, Beatriz Hernandez Guzman, Andrea Hernandez Guzman, Ma. de los Angeles Hernandez Guzman, Ma. del Carmen Hernandez Guzman, Ma. de Lourdez Hernandez Guzman, Ma. Leticia Hernandez Guzman and Claudia E. Lopez Hernandez; 26 grandchildren, Jesus I. Hernandez, Alfonso R. Hernandez, Alondra R. Hernandez, Adolfo R. Hernandez, Roberto Reyna, Juan Carlos Sandoval, Johnathan Hernandez, Gustavo Lopez, Saira Lopez, Wendy Lopez, Martha Hernandez, Ascencion Hernandez, Jose Adolfo Hernandez, David Hernandez, Juan Adrian Hernandez, Gloria Silva, Manuel Silva, Julissa Silva, Adela Silva, William Silva, Jocelyne Alfaro, Lizbeth Alfaro, Michael Alfaro, Gilberto Jr. Gamez, Camila Gamez and Carolina Gamez and 17 great grandchildren.

A vigil service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Holy Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

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

 

Doris Lee McWaters

Mrs. Doris Lee Owen McWaters, age 81, of Horatio, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at her home.

She was born September 10, 1939 in Shady Point, Oklahoma to the union of Jesse Robert Andrew and Dessie Laguerty Taylor Owen. Doris worked in housekeeping, caring for homes and apartments. She enjoyed fishing, camping, puzzles, and playing and watching softball. She once played as catcher for a co-ed team. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Dessie Owen; her husbands, David Bland, and Wayne McWaters; her twin sister, Lois Baxter; and two brothers, Edward Owen and Albert Owen.

Doris leaves to cherish her loving memory, five children, Danna Sue (Brian) McAllister of Fort Smith, Arkansas, David Ray Bland of Lincoln, Arkansas, Debra Jeanette Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas, Linda Lois Bland of Shady Point, Oklahoma, and Bobby Don Bland of Shady Point, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren, and number twenty-three due in May; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jesse Owen of Shady Point, Oklahoma; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Private Inurnment will be held at New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, Oklahoma. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Jacinto Gonzalez Martin

Mr. Jacinto Gonzalez Martin, age 60, of Tasquillo, Hidalgo, Mexico, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was born to Epifanio Gonzalez and Candida Martin on December 2, 1960, in Tasquillo, Hidalgo, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Irene Olvera Acosta, on January 11, 2000 in Mexico. Jacinto was a hard worker, working in poultry processing for Tyson Foods. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Manuel, Lazaro, Fulgencio, Faustino, and Guadalupe Gonzalez; and one sister, Rosa Gonzalez.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Irene Olvera Acosta; two sons, Rodrigo Gonzalez, and Martin Gonzalez; three daughters, Teresa Gonzalez, Jacinta Gonzalez, and Candy Gonzalez; sisters, Paula Gonzalez, Benita Gonzalez, Virginia Gonzalez, Cristina Gonzalez, and Irma Gonzalez; brothers, Julian Gonzalez, Epifanio Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, and Noel Gonzalez; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held in Mexico. Rosary services will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral 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 and church.

 

 

Edna Jean Higgins

Mrs. Edna Jean McDonald Higgins, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 14, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born April 6, 1943 in the Cerro Gordo Community. She worked for Pilgrims as a manifest lady. She was an outstanding seamstress, and loved gardening, her trees and flowers and canning. She also loved playing her Texas Hold’em with family and friends.

Mrs. Higgins was preceded in death by her parents, James William “Bill” and Eunice Crowell McDonald; her husband, Freeman Higgins; a son, Robert Donovan Trotter; a son-in-law, James Burton Culp; three sisters, Georgia Frady, Nina Hinton and Shirley Allen; and one brother, Jim McDonald.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy Trotter of De Queen and David and Jennifer Higgins of Grannis, Arkansas; one daughter, Debbie Trotter Culp of De Queen; one brother, Frank McDonald of Foreman, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Jason McGough, Amberly Pearce, Zachary James Trotter, Alexandria Trotter and Richard Trotter; 13 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Higgins will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Justin Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

General viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 16th 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. Mary Crawford

Mrs. Mary Naomi Lewis Crawford, age 77, of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12th, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary was born September 3rd, 1943 in Doniphan, Missouri. She married the love of her life, Leon Crawford, on September 23, 1962 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a Baptist and member of Geneva Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She had many titles in her life, her favorite being “Mommow.” Her hobbies included gardening, baking, and shopping for antiques. She loved telling her grandkids about the adventures of Koolaid and the Gang.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Dessie Lewis; infant sister, Mattie; one brother, Randy Lewis; sister, Lucy Crawford; brothers-in-law, Gary Owen, Ed Lohman, Jerry Crawford, Harley McAuther; and sisters-in-law, Eloise McAuther and Sandra Crawford.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Leon Crawford of Winthorp; brothers, Eddie (Nancy) Lewis and Gary Lewis of Modesto, California; sisters, Linda Lou Lohman of Palm Springs, California, and Glenda Sue Owen of Shreveport, Louisiana; her six children, Joe (Shelia) Crawford of Foreman, David (Allison) Crawford, Lana (James) Van Voast, Robin Dorsey, Lisa (JP) Atkins, and Kelly (Tony) Johnson, all of De Queen; her grandchildren, Zach and Nathan Hodges, Codi and Sally Kate Crawford, Richard (Charissa) Van Voast, Jami (Matt) Nevels, Jessie (Chad) Janes, Lucas (Hannah) Dorsey, Amanda (Justin) Spencer, Sara Atkins, Jake (Rachel) Atkins, Julie (Ryan) Foshee, Zackary (Rachel) Johnson, Wyatt (Erin) Johnson, and Riley Johnson; brothers-in-law, Steve Crawford and Glen (Daytona) Crawford; special niece and nephews, Michelle Worley, Stevie Crawford, and Ronald Crawford; nineteen great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Crawford will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Lane and Richard Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, 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.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Mary’s grandsons, Richard Van Voast, Zachary Johnson, Jake Atkins, Wyatt Johnson, Riley Johnson and Lucas Dorsey.

 

 

Raymond Leonard Horn

Raymond Leonard Horn, age 84, a resident of Arkinda, Arkansas, died Friday, March 12, 2021 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born November 20, 1936, in Arkinda. He was a 1955 graduate of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Arkansas. In August 1956 he was hired at Convair-General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas building fiberglass wings for 18 years. On July 15, 1956 Raymond married Margaret Anne Smith at First Baptist Church in Foreman. He retired from Ash Grove Cement after 25 years of service. He loved animals especially dogs and hunting and fishing. He also read lots of Louis L’Amour books and other western authors.

Mr. Horn was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Leonard Horn; mother and step-father, Dorothy Fortner Horn George and Jessie Andrew George; two sisters, Patsy Lou Huffman and Gretta Ozee; daughter-in-law, Sherry Lynn Williams Horn; and one great-grandson Dalton Ryan Jaquess.

He is survived by his wife of 64 ½ years, Margaret Anne Horn of Arkinda; two sons, Andy Horn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Jim Horn and Mary Sue Morton of Foreman, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Sheree Hardin, Caleb Horn, Joshua Horn and Erin Self; five great-grandchildren, Jacey Jaquess, William and Parker Self, Carson and Laynie Horn; two sisters, Kathryn Ogden of Fort Worth, Texas and Florence Bradshaw of Arlington, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Horn will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 16, 2021 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Brother Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow at Blackland cemetery in Foreman.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 15, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 or Blackland Cemetery Association C/O Horatio State Bank in Foreman, Arkansas.

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

 

 

Ann Yocum

Mrs. Lilly Ann Conatser Yocum, age 74, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at her home.

She was born to Henry David and Pansy Marie Hartzell Conatser on September 6, 1946 in California. She married the love of her life, Henry Eldon Yocum, on March 6, 1968 in De Queen, and to this union, two daughters were born. Ann was a Homemaker and member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen. When she was able, Ann served at the Community Service Director with the church. She enjoyed reading, embroidery, genealogy, and bible study, but most of all, she cherished the time spent visiting with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Pansy Conatser; her loving husband, Henry Yocum; one daughter, Marlana Yocum; and one brother, David Conatser.

Ann leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Lanette Rogers of De Queen; five grandchildren, Timothy Rogers, Jessica Chandler, Daunté Yocum, Nate Yocum, and Mia Yocum; two great-grandchildren, Jazmyne Hill and Trinate Rogers; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Donna Conatser of Lockesburg, and Joe and Janet Conatser of Mena; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jeff Holmes of De Queen; a special friend, Joyce Miller; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Ann Yocum will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, with Pastor Ron Patterson officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Emma Lee Ward Mickle 

Mrs. Emma Lee Ward Mickle, age 95, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

Emma Lee was born the eldest of five children, to Charles Bryant Ward, Sr., and Ruth Mae Moore Ward on October 28, 1925. She was raised in the little community of Almond in Sevier County. After graduating from Gillham High School, she traveled to Washington D.C. during World War II, working as a secretary for the war department near the Pentagon. She returned to marry the love of her life, M.L. Mickle, on January 5, 1946. Emma Lee was an accomplished pianist and music was always center stage in her life. She was a devoted member and pianist of the First Baptist Church in Gillham, for many years. She taught piano lessons at Gillham High School and passed her love and appreciation for music to many of her students. “Miss Emma”, as she was affectionately called, played electric keyboard with The Country Session band, doing many fundraisers all over Arkansas and Oklahoma and she loved every minute of it.

Emma Lee was a wonderful cook and homemaker, an avid reader, loved doing crossword puzzles, traveling and meeting new people, fishing, and her sweet little cat of sixteen years, Punkin. She was Postmaster of the Gillham Post Office for about ten years and knew everyone. She had an amazing memory remembering names, birthdates, anniversaries and special events, and could even read and write shorthand after 75 years!

Emma Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, M.L. Mickle; two sons, Duane Mickle and Rob Mickle; one grandson, Steven Elliott; two brothers, Paul Ward and Bryant Ward; and one sister, Bonnie Mutschler.

She leaves to cherish so many loving memories, two daughters and a son-in-law, Dian Mickle of Seaside, Oregon, and Charlotte and Shannon Blankenship of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Amber (Anthony) Glass-Mathis of Hooks, Texas, Colton (Kristin) Starkey of Lancaster, Ohio, Kalem (Amy) Mickle of Lowell, Arkansas, and Armanda (Duston) Daulton of Austin, Texas; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlene Parker of Prineville, Oregon; as well as, many beloved nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, dear cousins, and many friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Emma Lee Mickle will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Valley Cemetery, Gillham, with Pastor Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Signing of the guestbook will be held on Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to her favorite charity, St Jude’s children’s hospital, in her memory.

 

 

Edna Ruth Golden Cleghorn

Edna Ruth Golden Cleghorn, age 77, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 7, 2021, at her home.

She was born December 4, 1943 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a freelance writer and a homemaker. Mrs. Cleghorn was a loving mother and granny, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, bird watching, genealogy and she was a devoted Christian and member of First Assembly of God Church in Foreman.

Mrs. Cleghorn was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Samuel Sr. and Ernestine Brummett Golden; and her husband, Mathis Cordell Cleghorn; one brother, Robert (Bob) Golden, Jr.; two granddaughters, Delayia Woods and Marley Woods; one grandson, Matthew Stewart.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Frankie and Becky Cleghorn of Marietta, Oklahoma, Tommy and Lynnell Cleghorn of Foreman; three daughters and sons-in-law, Teri McIntyre and Eric of Nevada, MO; Kathy Gauldin and Calvin of Foreman; Kari Laminack and Stacy of Haslet, TX; one brother, Mike Golden and Sandy of Foreman; special niece, Linda Gregory of Foreman; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Cleghorn will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman with Trent Liggin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 10th at the funeral home.

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

 

Annie Faye Sharp

Annie Faye Hill Sharp, age 95, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born April 15, 1925 in Provo, Arkansas. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. She lived a life full of service for others. Annie Faye Sharp held a number of jobs throughout her life to included working at Lockesburg Grocery Store, Red River Army Depot (during WWII), Mountair Poultry, Central School Cafeteria, Baldwin Piano and Organ, the Area Agency on Aging and more. Her most fulfilling job, however was probably babysitting the many children she kept and loved dearly. She was always sure to do whatever it took to take care of her precious boys.

Ms. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew Azor and Eunice Velma Baker Hill; two sons, Leslie Glenn Sharp and Charles Wayne Sharp; eight brothers and sisters, Ive Jewell Hill, Swan Geneva Breedlove, John Dee Hill, William Hal Hill, Mildred Seely Tollette, James Randolph Hill, Veda Lloyd Hill and Levi Azor Hill.

She is survived by one son, Jimmy Sharp of Nashville; four grandchildren, Jimmy Sharp II of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Charles Glenn Houston Sharp of Mustang, Oklahoma, Brent Thomas Sharp of Irving, Texas and Kayla Ann Sharp-Estep of Clarksville, Tennessee; five great grandchildren, Jakub and Jalie Sharp, Kynsen and Jaci Estep, and Jordi Sharp; a number of nieces and nephews; and a great number of beloved friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Sharp will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Ben Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Wrights Chapel Cemetery.

General viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 9th 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

 

 

Cathy Lanell Palmer

Cathy Lanell Palmer, age 67, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 6, 2021 at her home.

She was born November 12, 1953 in De Queen. Cathy loved playing the guitar and singing country and gospel music. She was a janitor for Lockesburg school and a member of Old Time Gospel Church.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents; John Homer and Myrtle Gladys Nunn Palmer; one son-in-law, Ronny Pender.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Dericia Denson of De Queen; one daughter, Tracy Pender; two sisters, Wanda Campbell of Valliant, Oklahoma and Opal Husted of Mena, Arkansas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, J.W. Palmer, Clyde and Sue Palmer all of Valliant, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Denson, Jayla Denson, Aydan Denson, Christian Farmer, Leah Killcollins, Zachary Killcollins, Dalton KillCollins, Harley Pender and Mazzey Pender; great-grandchildren, Kayson Denson, Carson Farmer, Kaisley Simmons, Xavier Kahn, Alex Knight, Gracie Killcollins and one great-grandchild on his way Jackson Killcollins.

Funeral services for Cathy will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow at Glover Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11th 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

 

Raymond Earl (Preacher) Ward

II Timothy 4 – 7 & 8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Then is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.

Raymond Earl (Preacher) Ward, age 70, a lifetime resident of Dierks, Arkansas left this earth on March 5, 2021. He passed away at his home with his family by his side as were his final wish. He was born October 15, 1950, the seventh son to Clifford Leander (Andy) and Dora Lovell Worley Ward.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ernest and Charles Ward and a sister, Doctor Patricia Ward Kelly.

He is survived by his wife Susie Turner Ward; one son, David (Lisa) Ward; two daughters, Jennifer (Jason) White and Ashley Ward Neal; six grandchildren, Dylan Eudy, Dalton Eudy, Damian Ward, Trinity White, Tristen White, Cadence Ward all of Dierks. Four brothers, Clyde and Clifton Ward of Dierks, Thomas Ward of Coushatta, Louisiana and James Ward of Texarkana, Texas, two sisters, Louise Ward George of Dardanelle, Arkansas and Linda Kay Ward Hulsey of Falcon, Colorado.

Earl was a family man, a loving father, and a lifetime logger. Preacher, a nickname Earl gained in his youth, grew up working from a young age with his father and brother in the log woods. He enjoyed taking his family camping and spending weekends at the lake boating. His favorite things to do were deer hunting and going four wheeling. In his younger years, Earl loved drag racing in his green 67 Mustang as well as building and racing cars on the dirt track. Most of all, Earl loved the Lord.

Funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 8, 2021 at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Bro. Larry Eason officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends and family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Mrs. Rita Luna

Mrs. Rita Hernandez Luna, age 55, of Horatio, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at home with family by her side.

She was born on May 22, 1965 to Jeronimo Hernandez and Ma. Toribia Monjaras in San Isidro, San Felipe, GTO, Mexico. Rita married the love of her life, Ignacio Luna, on January 17, 1980 in San Felipe, Mexico and to this union, seven children were born. She was a Homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and singing, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent in any activity with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and one sibling.

Those left to cherish Rita’s memory include, her loving husband of over 41 years, Ignacio Luna of Horatio; three sons, Juan F. Luna, Juan I. Luna and wife Edith, and Jose R. Luna, all of Horatio; four daughters, Maria H. Cabrera and husband Ismael of North Carolina, Ana SanJuan and husband Juan of De Queen, Maria A. SanJuan and husband Ramiro of Horatio, and Maria R. Luna and husband Rosario of Horatio; her mother, Ma. Toribia Monjaras of Mexico; nineteen grandchildren; seven siblings; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Funeral Mass for Mrs. Rita Luna will be held at St. Barbara Catholic Church, De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held at the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Leoda Walker

Leoda Cobb Walker, age 98, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, February 28, 2021.

She was born on March 17, 1922 in the Lyons Community to the late C.L. (Jack) Cobb and the late Floy Knox Cobb. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.R. (Bill) Walker; one son, Dennis Walker, one sister, Laverne Tooke and one brother, Luther Cobb.

Leoda is survived by sons, Gary (Lucretia) of De Queen, AR and Lary (Cynthia) Walker of Benbrook, TX., five grandchildren; Cary Walker, Dallas, TX, Scott (Danielle) Walker, Fort Worth, TX, Jeff (Brenda) Reese, Brazoria, TX, Jenifer (Rick) Seale, Horatio, AR and Sean (Tonya) Cowling, De Queen; eight great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren and two special friends, Anita Roberts and Cindy Hale who faithfully visited her in the nursing home.

Graduating from Ashdown high school in 1940, she went to college for a year at Arkansas A&M at Magnolia, received her teaching certificate, taught in the Lyons Community and at Gillham before moving to De Queen in 1943 to work for Lloyd Hill, Circuit Clerk as his deputy. Leoda married Bill Walker in November 1943. She later worked for many years at De Queen Clinic. After retirement, she was very active in the hospital auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.

Growing up poor during the Depression, she knew the way to a better life was through education and hard work. Her iron will and determination were instilled on her father’s cotton farm. She chopped and picked cotton and saved her money to take piano lessons. She played at country singings, church and at nursing homes for years.

Leoda joined the First Presbyterian Church in De Queen in 1943 and the church was a major part of her life. Hers’ was a quite faith that guided her life and you knew where she stood. She faithfully read her bible and devotional every day.

Blessed with a keen mind, she was interested in everyone and everything. For example, she corresponded for over 60 years with people she and her husband met briefly during WWII. She would also send cards to a wide circle of friends and family whether the occasion was happy or sad. She could give you the genealogy of three generations back of everyone who lived in Sevier County.

In the nursing home, she loved to win at bingo and visit with people in person or on the phone. Mrs. Walker continued to send cards to everyone when she could no longer write but thoughtfully dictated the message to be conveyed.

Graveside services for Mrs. Walker will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Redmen Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Steven Copley officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Memorials may be sent to the Chalice Cupboard food pantry, P.O. Box 488, De Queen or the Sevier County Museum, P.O. Box 528, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

Kristian Leeann Buchanan

Kristian Leeann Buchanan, age 35, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, March 1, 2021 near De Queen.

She was born March 13, 1985, in De Queen. She was a member of Assembly of God.

Mrs. Buchanan was preceded in death by her father, Gilbert Buchanan, Jr.

She is survived by one son and one daughter, Maeson Solis and Kinleigh Lee of the home and her mother Myra Buchanan; four sisters, Allie Walker of Houston, Texas, Stephanie Sanders of Franklin, Texas, LaDonna Freeman of Oklahoma City and LaRessa McCarson of Idabel, Oklahoma; one brother, Robert Gober of Franklin, Tx; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Buchanan will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Millcreek Cemetery with Bro. Steve Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 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. Mildred Lambeth

Mrs. Mildred Belle Lacefield Lambeth, affectionately known as “Moot”, age 95, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, February 27, 2021, in De Queen.

She was the youngest of four children born to Millard Martin and Dona Angeline Pate Lacefield on November 30, 1925, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life, Jesse Truman Lambeth, on June 5, 1942, in De Queen, and to this marriage, four children were born. Mildred worked in different capacities throughout her life, such as Custodian for the Rose Hill School and a Home Health Aide, but she took the most pride in being the Homemaker and matriarch of the Lambeth family. She preferred for her time to be spent caring for and running her grandchildren and great-grandchildren here and there for their various activities. She was known to be the President of the “Grandma Club” and cherished every opportunity spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Dona Lacefield; her loving husband of over 53 years, J.T. Lambeth; an infant daughter, Sherry Lambeth in 1967; her son-in-law, Ken Brown in 2020; one brother, Lloyd Lacefield; and two sisters, Mavis Turner and Lena Mae Wilsie.

Left to cherish Moot’s loving memory are two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Bonnie Lambeth of De Queen, and Barry and Charlene Lambeth of De Queen; one daughter, Terri Brown of De Queen; six grandchildren and their spouses, Shelly (Randy) Farnsworth of Ooltewah, Tennessee, Lori (Paul) Yancey of De Queen, Kyle (Becky) Lambeth of De Queen, Derik (Deborah) Lambeth of De Queen, Jeremy (Nikki) Gingery of De Queen, and Jessica (David) Jensen of Austin, Texas; twelve great-grandchildren, Joshua Farnsworth, Maci (Alex) Donesky, Balee Lambeth, Jared Lambeth, Megan (Garrett) Hutchison, Hunter Lambeth, Ariel Lambeth, Rylie Lambeth, Presli Jensen, Bristol Jensen, Grady Gingery, and Ava Jo Gingery; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Lambeth will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, March 1, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at the Beacon Hill Cemetery, 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.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Gingery, Kyle Lambeth, Derik Lambeth, David Jensen, Jared Lambeth, and Clifton Lovell.

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

 

Sue Wilson

Wanda Sue Smith Wilson, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, February 26, 2021, in Springdale, Arkansas.

She was born August 21, 1932 in De Queen, Arkansas to Leroy and Birdie Rowlett Smith. She was a homemaker and a member Old Time Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents; husband, L.D. Wilson on May 3, 1997; and three brothers, Leroy Smith, Jr., Wayne Smith, and Curtis Smith.

She is survived by one son, Rick Wilson of Springdale; one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Ronnie Cogburn of Dierks, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Jeff Brown of De Queen, Cory Brown of Rogers, Shay Wilson of Creston, Iowa, and Cody Wilson of Springdale; One great-grandson, Tucker Brown of De Queen; three brothers, Lyndall Smith, Terry Smith, & Randy Smith all of De Queen.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wilson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Redmen cemetery pavilion with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2nd 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

 

Mr. Joe Blair

Mr. Joe Dale Blair, age 68, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, February 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, at his home.

He was the youngest of three children born to J.D. and Jodean Harmon Blair on June 8, 1952, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Joe was a 1970 graduate of Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City and faithfully served his county with the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma National Guard, joining on September 17, 1971, as we were nearing the end of the Vietnam War. He married the love of his life, Jeanie (Beverly Jean) Mendell, on March 13, 1970, in Gainesville, Texas. Joe traveled the world working for Poulan and Husqvarna, retiring in 2017 as Plastic Injection Molding Manager, after 28 years of service. He was a 3rd degree Mason of the Lockesburg Lodge 135 and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his wife, Jeanie, their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Jodean Blair; and one brother, Jim Blair in 2001.

Joe leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 50 years, Jeanie Blair of Lockesburg; one son, Kirk Weldon Blair of Gillham; one daughter and son-in-law, Amy Lauren and George Ermeling of Norman, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Bradley, Devin and wife Marissa who is expecting Joe and Jeanie’s first great-grandchild, Tristan, Tyler, Kimberly and Amanda; one brother, Dan Blair of Meeker, Oklahoma; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services, with Military Honors, for Mr. Joe Blair will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randall Cole Lancaster officiating. Cremation will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 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 your time at the funeral home.

 

 

Mrs. Debbie Pruitt

Mrs. Debra Dianne Sowell Pruitt, affectionately called, Debbie, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, February 26, 2021, at her home.

She was born to William Gordon and Gloris Wanda Suagee Sowell on June 8, 1952 in Texarkana, Arkansas.  She was a former employee of Pilgrim, as well as a homemaker.  She was an avid reader, liked to crochet, shop, and visit with friends, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Toni Ann Thomas, and grandchildren, James Paul Mikulek, Jade Pruitt, and Elliott Rose Noah.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 40 years, Jack Pruitt of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara Cheri and Gary Noah of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Dawn DeAnn and James Mikulek of Nashville, Arkansas; a step-son, Jacky Dean Pruitt of De Queen; eight grandchildren, Gary Dewayne Noah, Jr., Lindsey Nicole Noah, Desirae DeAnn Klitz, Victoria Lynn Goodson, Justin Ray Mikulek, Montana Dawn Dallas, Kevin Lynn Jennings, and Kinzidee Alexandria Nakole Martin; ten great-grandchildren, Bentley Dewayne Willis, Brentan Lane Klitz, Ava Marie Goodson, Parker Chase Goodson, Braelyn Wayne Jeanes,  Bracen James Jeanes, Shayla Michelle Pruitt, Sarah Dianne Pruitt, Elaina Pruitt, and Ivy Pruitt; as well as, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Debbie Pruitt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 28, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alfred Thomas officiating.  Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. 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.

 

Laura Afton Ennis

Laura Afton Ennis., age 34, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed from this life on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at her home.

She was born February 4, 1987, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She graduated from De Queen High School and attended U.A.L.R.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Junior and Emmalene Ennis and her maternal grandparents, Maurice and Lou Beth.

She is survived by her parents Richard and Barbara Ennis of De Queen; one sister, Emily Ennis of Bella Vista, AR; three uncles, Jeff and Carol Sue Ennis of Franklin, TN, Mike and Jan Beth of Texarkana, AR and Steve and Charlotte Beth of Nashville, AR; one aunt, Sandra McCord of Texarkana.

Family will receive friends from 4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at funeral home.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nashville, TN chapter in memory of Afton Ennis.

Checks can be mailed to:
4538 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Online donations: cff.org/give-today

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

 

Mr. John Whitaker

Mr. John Michael Whitaker, Sr., age 79, a resident of Pensacola, Florida, and former resident of De Queen, died peacefully Tuesday, February 23, surrounded by his family.

He was born one of ten children born to Hershel Ernest and Mary Mae Bozarth Whitaker.  John was born November 18, 1941 in Cement, Oklahoma.  He was a 1958 graduate of De Queen High School, where he played football for the Leopards, and then for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.  John served his country proudly with the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was self-employed, and enjoyed computers, walking, watching football, but most of all, He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, and all of his siblings, Hershel Whitaker, Jr. Wanda Joy Henry, Patricia Gaylord, Ella Joyce Spriggs, Ruth Kellums Jean Stephens, Mary Mae Leatherman, and Helen Vick.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Sue Whitaker of Pensacola, Florida, one son, John Michael Whitaker, Jr. of Horatio, one daughter, Tonja Michelle Whitaker, and her husband, Brian Gaylord of Pensacola, Florida, eight grandchildren, Amber, Keria, Tabatha and her husband Malcolm, Austin and his wife, Gabbi, Zoey, Chris and his wife, Cassie, Naomi, and April, five great-grandchildren, Ashley and husband Darion, Hayden, Kai, Emmie, and Astrid; one great-great-grandchild, Cora Rose, as well as nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services with Military Rites will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation 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.

 

Mary Lou (Mullins) Bourns

Mary Lou (Mullins) Bourns, formerly of De Queen, AR, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021, at the Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, TX, after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Mary Lou was born to Mack Henry and Edna Margaret (Combs) Mullins in Ashdown, AR, on March 1, 1930. She was the youngest of 5 children and was raised on a farm in the Red Bluff Community. She was a student in the Ashdown school system and graduated from Ashdown High School in 1948.

She attended her first year of college at Jacksonville Bible College, in Jacksonville, TX. Her friends encouraged her to enter the college beauty pageant that year and she won. The following year, she transferred to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, where she majored in Elementary Education and received her teaching degree. Here she met the love of her life, Jerrell Omagene Bourns.

Mary Lou and Omagene married in January of 1951. They soon moved to DeQueen, AR, to begin their careers and start a family. Mary Lou began her 37 year teaching career at Central Elementary School where she taught 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Omagene began his 40 plus years working for the United States Postal Service. They had 2 boys, Mike and Randy.

Mary Lou had many talents and hobbies. She enjoyed working in her yard and her flower bed as well as sewing, cooking, camping, and painting. Mary Lou and Omagene enjoyed playing dominoes with friends on the weekends. They also loved to travel and once Mary Lou retired, they purchased a camper – and away they went!

Mary Lou spent her life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is remembered by her family as a dedicated prayer warrior with resilience and determination who loved her family with all her heart and who loved God above all.

Mary Lou and Omagene were married for 53 years before he passed away on April 10, 2004, after a long illness. Mary Lou was a member of First Baptist Church of De Queen where she attended faithfully for over 60 years.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Edna Mullins, her 3 brothers Pete, David and John Ed and sister Dorothy Mullins and by her husband Omagene Bourns.

She is survived by her two sons Mike (Mary Lynn) Bourns of Little Rock, AR, and Randy (Charlotte) Bourns of Longview, TX, three granddaughters Christy (Derek) Ward and Lindsay (Robert) Coon, all of Little Rock, and Shelby Bourns (Mauricio Hernandez) of Dallas, TX, one grandson Daniel (Kira) Bourns of Pittsburg, TX, 8 great-grandchildren – Lucy, Sally and Sam Coon and Henry, Emily and Thomas Ward all of Little Rock, AR, and Dayton Bourns, of Pittsburg, TX, and Aubrey Hernandez of Dallas, TX, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, at 10:00am prior to the service in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel at 11:00 with the Rev. Jason Carlton officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials in Mary Lou’s name to the De Queen Elementary School library. Send to De Queen Elementary School Library 233 Treating Plant Road, De Queen, AR. 71832

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

 

Shirley Cogburn

Shirley Delores Cogburn, age 70, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

She was born September 29, 1950. Mrs. Cogburn was a homemaker.

Mrs. Cogburn was preceded in death by her parents Hubert J.D. and Lilly Odell Blackwood Mitchell and her husband’s Arley Provence and Jimmy Dale Cogburn.

She is survived by her three sons, Tim Provence of Nashville, Matt Provence of Rufe, Oklahoma and Brad Provence of Tulsa, OK; two brothers, Terry Mitchell of Dierks, Arkansas and Charles Mitchell of Powderly, TX; one step brother, Jerry Mitchell of Rufe, OK; two step sisters, Lola Mae Mussett of Rufe, OK and Priscilla Barbre of Saline, LA and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held for Mrs. Cogburn at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Living Rock Church, 1328 Mine Street., Nashville, Arkansas.

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

 

Darrell W. Lawless

Darrell W. Lawless, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021.

He was born November 30, 1943, in Glenwood, Arkansas. He was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

After his retirement he enjoyed his woodworking and taking care of the yard and his flowers. He was also able to take many trips exploring the US and Canada. He was very proud of his son, and his grandkids, who knew him as Papa D. He was the type of person that was sure to take care of everyone else ahead of himself.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Verdene Lawless.

He is survived by his wife a 53 years Patsy Lawless; one son, Brad Lawless of Bentonville, Arkansas; a granddaughter, Zoe Lawless and a grandson, Finnian Lawless of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

General viewing will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the funeral home.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the Biggs Chapel Academy Cemetery in Nathan, Arkansas with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, online at Alz.org or the Biggs Chapel Academy Cemetery, Gary Cox, 27 Bacon Creek Farm Road, Nashville, Arkansas 71852.

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

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

 

 

James Eddie Bateman Sr.

James Eddie Bateman Sr., age 80, a resident of Hooks, Texas, passed from this life on Saturday, February 20, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born February 23, 1940, in Bowie, Texas. Mr. Bateman served in the National Guard. He was a grocer for over 48 years and was a member of the Westside Church of Christ in Texarkana, Texas.

Mr. Bateman was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin R. and Hattie Langford Bateman; his wife, Effie Bridges Bateman and one brother, Bob Bateman.

He is survived by two sons, Jim Bateman of Texarkana, TX and Michael Bateman of Foreman, AR; three daughters, Carla and Bennie Price of Hooks, TX, Kathy and Joe Castillo of Texarkana, TX and Laura Bateman of Hooks; two grandsons, Rusty and wife Heather Castillo and Ryan Castillo; one granddaughter, Kimberly and husband Cody Burns, five greatgrandchildren and two nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Bateman will be held at 1:00p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at Beverly Heights Church of Christ in Hooks, Texas with Brother Lance Mays and Brother Dave Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Green Cemetery near Foreman, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from noon until service time at the Church.

Memorials may be made to Westside Church of Christ, 524 Sowell LN Texarkana, TX 75501.

 

Evelyn Willene Moore

Evelyn Willene Moore, age 87, a resident of Rockwall, Texas, died Friday, February 19, 2021.

She was born March 3, 1933, in Rio Grande Valley County, Cameron, Texas. Mrs. Moore worked and retired at Dallas Post Office, she attended the Haworth Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Ethel Francis Tollison Thomas; one sister Virginia Hudgins, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her husband Bobby Moore; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Harold Johnson, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Davy and Linda Sue Moore and Joe Bob Moore; grandchildren, Heather Lay, Kyle McGowan, Cliff Moore, Holly Eve Romero, Tina Moore, Missy Lindsey and Rodney Richards, blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Moore will be held at 2:00p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Stateline Baptist Church with pastor Mark Davidson officiating. Burial will follow at Cerrogordo Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Lorean May Stout Krudwig

Lorean May Stout Krudwig, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, February 19, 2021.

She was born November 27, 1934, in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Krudwig worked for the De Queen School System for over 20 years. She was a member of De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethan Allen and Leora Stewman Stout; one daughter, Tracey Renee Smith, and a son-in-law, Lyle Dean Unruh.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years David Leon Krudwig; one son, David Lane Krudwig and wife Mary of Nashville, Arkansas; one daughter, Tommi Unruh-Cobb and her husband, Jerry of De Queen; one special brother, Charles Stout of Gillham, Arkansas; one sister, Mary Bassett of Houston, Texas; one son-in-law, Sam Smith of De Queen; six grandsons, Andy Krudwig of the Philippines, Cody and Hailie Unruh of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Nick and Burgundi Unruh of De Queen, Heath and Sara Smith of Mobile, AL, Hunter and Sierra Smith of De Queen and Trapper Smith of De Queen; seven great grandchildren, Cameron and Ben Unruh, Lyle Unruh, Mattie Smith, Emilee, Gabe, Braxton Smith and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Krudwig will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, at the Crosstrails Cemetery with Charles Foster Krudwig and Larry Krudwig officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 21, 2021, in 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

 

Mrs. LaTance Hankins

Mrs. LaTance Tate Hankins, age 83, a resident of Tyler, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, February 18, 2021, in a Tyler, Texas Hospital.

She was born to F. G. and Bertha Staggs Tate, on July 30, 1937, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

LaTance was a 1955 graduate of Lewisville High School. She married the love of her life, Bro. Dale Hankins on March 10, 1956, and to this union, two daughters were born. She had a love of music and was a piano instructor for many years, as well as the church organist/ pianist. She loved her Lord and was a member of the Red Springs Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. LaTance had a contagious smile and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Dale Hankins, and her siblings, F. A. Tate, James Tate, Vollie Tate, and Louise Castleberry.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, LaFonda Nimmons and Robbie Simpson both of Tyler, Texas, five grandchildren, Ryan Nimmons, and Joshua Simpson both of Tyler, Texas, Christopher Simpson and his wife, Sarah of Jacksonville, Texas, Daniel Simpson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Rebecca and her husband, Robert Lee of Normangee, Texas, three great-grandchildren, Summer Lee, Hunter Lee, and Bethany Lee all of Normangee, Texas, a special friend, Ryan Coffey of Tyler, Texas, her husband’s brother whom she loved as a brother, Donald and his wife, Marilyn Hankins of De Queen, a nephew, Charles Turner of De Queen, as well as nieces, other nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 25, 2021 in the Valley Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas with Bro. Collin Jones officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 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 cemetery.

Ms. Dorothy Legates

 

Ms. Dorothy Ann Fields Legates, age 81, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born to Elic and Lizzie Mae Barker Fields on March 3, 1939, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She enjoyed her time spent with her many friends and staff of the Sevier County Developmental Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jimmy Ray Legates; one brother, John Henry Fields; and one sister, Jodie Fields Loyd.

She is survived by her friends and staff of the Sevier County Developmental Center.

Funeral Services for Ms. Dorothy Legates will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Viewing will be general, beginning Monday, February 22nd, until service time Tuesday. 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.

Willodeen Cary

Mrs. Willodeen Cox Cary, age 90, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in De Queen.

She was born to Chester and Ima Laverne Slaton Cox on August 24, 1930, in Avery, Texas. She worked 26 years for the United States Fish and Wildlife, retiring in August of 1982. She was member of the Community of Christ Church in Grannis and enjoyed playing golf, fishing, painting, gardening and yardwork, and animals. Willodeen was such a loving person. She was giving and would help anyone in need.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husbands, Tom Mills and Paul Wayne Cary; her son, Ronald Gene Mills; and two sisters, Frances McNatt and Faye McKeever.

She is survived by, her loving daughter-in-law, Frankie Mills of De Queen; four grandchildren, Casey Jackson of Jonesboro, Zach Jackson of Dierks, Tyler Mills of Arizona, and Justin (Trish) Mills, also of Arizona; five great-grandchildren, Kayliana Mills, Kinsley Mills, Kloey Mills, Sunny Jackson, Charley Jackson, Ethan Mills and Audrey Ann Mills; one sister, Pauline Marshall; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Willodeen Cary will be held at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 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.

 

Richelean Counts

Mrs. Richelean Counts, age 95, resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, in Little Rock.

She was the fourth of five children born to Wesley and Letha Lawson Blackwell on July 4, 1925 in Morton, Mississippi. She was a graduate of a Morton, Mississippi high school and married the love of her life, Rev. James Taylor (J.T.) Counts, on June 5, 1948 in Morton, Mississippi. To this union, a son and daughter were born. Mrs. Counts was a faithful member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist church in Lockesburg and was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and caring for the family home, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

Mrs. Counts was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Rev. J.T.Counts; two brothers, Cleveland (L.T.) Blackwell and Edward Blackwell; and two sisters, Mal George and hazel Atkins.

Those left to cherish her loving memory include, one daughter, Sharrolean Levern Cobbs of Little Rock, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Taylor and Monica Counts of Fishers, Indiana; six grandchildren, Brittney (Patrick) Carter, Jordan Counts, Joseph Counts, Christoper Cobbs, Corbin (Minyon) Cobbs, and Cherith (fiance, AJ Smith) Cobbs; eight great-grandchildren, Alex, Christian, Elijah, Kingston, Hogan, Harper, Caden, and Collin; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Proverbs 3:15-18 best describes the kind of lady Mrs. Richelean was: “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her: those who hold her fast will be blessed.”

Funeral Services for Mrs. Richelean Counts will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 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 friend from 12:00 P.M., until service time, Wednesday, 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.

 

Marlon S. Boyles

 

Mr. Marlon S. Boyles, age 44, resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, February 15, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The obituary is pending at this time.

Funeral Services for Mr. Marlon Boyles will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 21, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 12:00, Noon to 2:00 P.M., Saturday, 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. 

 

Mary Willis Sharp Christopher

Mary Willis Sharp Christopher, age 86, a resident of Center Point, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17,2021 at Nashville Nursing Home.

She was born October 6, 1934, in Langley, Arkansas to Clarence and Cora Willis. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her extended family and friends.

Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband and father of her children James Sharp, her 2nd husband Roy Chambliss, and her loving husband of 20+ years Earl Christopher. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Alton & Elton, her daughter, Dorothy; one sister, Gladys; three brothers, James, Edward, and Norman. One son-in-law, Bill Ward and a grandson-in-law, Pete Thornton.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Bobby and Sally Sharp of Athens, Arkansas, daughter and son-in-law, Delois and John Sunde from Hatfield, Arkansas; step-sons and spouses, Jesse and Jenny Christopher of Texas, Earl Jr. and Brenda Christopher of Center Point, Arkansas, Mike and Kim Christopher of Center Point and Kelly Christopher of New Hope, Arkansas, Robert and Barbara Chambliss of Texas, Billy Joe and Linda Christopher of Prescott, Arkansas; three step-daughters and spouses, Anita and Terry Mitchell of Dierks, Arkansas, Charlsie and Tommy Packwood of Texas, Orabell Sullivan of Oklahoma. As well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Willis of Smithville, Oklahoma and Cloyce Willis of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Christopher will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Bissell Chapel Cemetery with Brother Daniel Kesterson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation for Mrs. Christopher will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel 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

 

Linda D. Pamplin

 

Ms. Linda D. Billings Pamplin, age 66, of Hochatown, Oklahoma, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Linda was born in De Queen, Arkansas on March 26, 1954 to A.C. Billings, Jr. and Jessie Mae Gatin Billings.

Linda was someone that if she called you “friend” you were a lucky person. She would do anything she could for you and was always doing little things to make you feel like you were special. She was always giving gifts and her time to those she loved, just because. She had a heart that could change the world, so full and open. She loved to travel and was a foodie through and through, no one could make a better cheesecake. She was also a woman of strong faith, even in the last years, she never questioned her Creator just followed and loved Him unwaveringly. She had a spark in her eye and her smile that would make you melt. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Linda will be missed immensely by all that knew her. She was a gift to us all for just a moment in time.

Linda was preceded in death by her father and mother, A.C. and Jessie Billings; and grand-daughter, Penelope Mae Pamplin.

Linda is survived by her son, Stephen M. Fenwick of Texas; her daughter, Stephanie J. Pamplin, of Hochatown, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Kristen Rodriguez and her husband Carlos of Dayton, Texas, and their three children, Carlos Jr., Chloe and Callie “Lemon”; Kaitlin Fenwick of Buna, Texas; her step-mother and dear friend, Sarah Ann Nance Billings of Mena, Arkansas; two brothers, Dwaynn Billings and his wife Nona of Bethal, Oklahoma; Dwight Billings and his wife June of Grannis, Arkansas; a very special cousin, whom she saw as more of an “extra” brother, Asa Von Reefschneider and his wife Deborah of Clyde, Texas; one step-brother and his wife, Jamie and Sue Cavner of Board Camp, Arkansas; one step sister and her husband, Gayle and Michael Gannon or Rogers, Arkansas; two very special friends who were more like family to her, Clinton and Vickie Kennedy of Liberty, Texas; she leaves behind many more extended family members and friends, all will miss her dearly.

Graveside Services for Ms. Linda Pamplin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February22, 2021 at the Grannis Cemetery with Pastor E.J. Tena officiating. 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.

 

Barbara Jo Martin

Barbara Jo Martin was born November 2, 1940, in Borger, Texas to Maxine and Roy Martin. She passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17,2021 in De Queen. Barbara grew up in Minden, Louisiana and later in life moved to De Queen, AR. She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maxine and Roy Martin; one aunt, Earlene Donaldson and uncle Bernard Cowden.

Barbara is survived by her loving aunt, Thelma Moore and husband John and several cousins, including Ronnie Cowden, Pam Bingham, Scott Cowden, Kaye Smith and Glen Donaldson. The family would like to thank Bear Creek Nursing facility for their loving care.

No service are planned at this time.

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

 

 

 

 

Rose Diane Deer Cox

Rose Diane Deer Cox, age 64, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at her home.

She was born October 11, 1956, in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Cox was a homemaker, a secretary for Dierks School and Weyerhaeuser. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and working in the yard. She was a member of Greens Chapel Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Mildred Deer and her husband, Michael Lloyd “ Mickey” Cox and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Don Brown of Greens Chapel and Jason Brown (Shawna) of Greens Chapel; one daughter, Shana Ray of Greens Chapel; one sister, Glenda Conatser of Nashville; one brother, Ricky Deer of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren, Isaac Brown, Haydn Ross, Carson Ross, Bailee Brown, Loghan Brown, Daylon Brown, Levi Dalton Ray, Christian Farmer, Leigha Kilcollins, Zac Kilcollins, Dalton Kilcollins, Harley Pender, Mazzey Pender and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Old New Hope Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, in 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

 

 

 

 

Earl Douglas Christopher Sr.

Earl Douglas Christopher Sr., age 92, a resident of Center Point, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at his home.
He was born September 9, 1928, in Pocastic, Oklahoma. Mr. Christopher was a World War II Army Veteran, a member of Living Rock Church and worked for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks.

Mr. Christopher was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn Christopher; his parents, George and Mini Cambell Christopher, four brothers, Raymond Christopher, Orbry Christopher, Carl Christopher and James Christopher and one sister, Elsie Riddrich.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Willis Christopher of Centerpoint; his children, Jesse and Jenny Christopher of Texas, Earl Jr. and Brenda Christopher of Centerpoint, Terry and Anita Mitchell of Dierks, Billy Joe and Linda Christopher of Prescott, Mike and Kim Christopher of Centerpoint and Kelly Paul Christopher of New Hope, Arkansas, stepchildren, Bobby and Sally Sharp of Umpire, John and Deloris Sunday of Mena; two sisters, Alta Piercy and Ruthie Houston of Oklahoma; twenty grandchildren and forty-seven great grandchildren and forty-four great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mr. Christopher will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Sunshine Cemetery with Pastor Joe Kelly officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation for Mr. Christopher will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

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

Calvin Loyd “Jack” Jones

Mr. Calvin Loyd “Jack” Jones, age 80, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Friday, February 12, 2021, at his home.

He was born November 30, 1940 in Grannis. He was an auctioneer, carpenter, and loved peddlin his fruit.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Frankie Pauline (Burke) Jones; his wife, Dorothy Jones; one brother, Tom Jones; and a special uncle, Sonny Burke.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Frachiseur Jones; one sister, Paula “Midge” and Joe Daniels; 6 children and their spouses, Kenney and Mona Cecil, Jesse and Donna Jones, Penny Craig and Jeff Turner, Georgia Dale and Billy Willis, Janet and Jimmy Morphew and Chuck and Frances Cornett; grandchildren, Donovan Jones, Dustin Jones, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Cecil, James Lee and Krystal Cecil, Lisa and Ronny McEuen, Justin and Tabitha Craig, Jeremy and Tiffany Craig, Jeremy Willis, Stephanie Cornett and Jimmy Smedley, Jarred and Amanda Morphew, Heath and April Morphew, Clint and Bridgett McMillian, Seth and Molly Cornett; 25 great-grandbabies; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

General viewing for Mr. Jones will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 20, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Steven Chenoweth officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Grannis, 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.