Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Obituaries

 

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.