Obituaries

 

Quinton Dale “Bill” Milam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Harold Bohannon

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Roy Wayman Blue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Rogerlene McFarland Kitchens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

William Keith Alexander

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

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

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

Graveside services are pending at this time. 

 

Claudius Leon Conatser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mary Frances Pettigrew

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Floyd C. Wray

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fredrick Neal Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Julia Annette Cox Stanford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Charles Franklin Butler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lillian Lois McKeller Gore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mattie Evelyn Alexander Walters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ronald David Lofton

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

William D. Sherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Ann Martin

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Wanda Haarmeyer 

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

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

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

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

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

 

David Sherry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Calvin Harold Brewer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

William D. Sherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joseph Dean “Joe” Kesterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Timothy Eugene Frady

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glenda Sue Brock Hogden

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Zayleigh Isabel Lopez Burris

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Martha Sue Stansbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Juana Antonia Herrera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

William F. “Bill” Pogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mr. Robert McKinley

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

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

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

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

 

Stella Lee Collier Gallaher

Mrs. Stella Lee Collier Gallaher, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Friday, July 31, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born March, 14, 1933, in De Queen, Arkansas. Stella was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg. She enjoyed her flowers around the house, cooking, and taking care of her family.

Mrs. Gallaher was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Lester and Edrie McConnel Collier; her husband, Raymond P. Gallaher, Jr.; one brother, Tommy Collier; one grandson, Arthur Raymond Nation III; and one granddaughter, Tara Lee Gallaher.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law; Mike and Glenda Gallaher of Richmond, Texas and Eddy and Donna Gallaher of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Spears of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Willa Dean Griffin of Sherman, Texas; seven grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gallaher will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Lockesburg Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Mayes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

A general viewing will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1st at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Mr. William Campbell

Mr. William Harry Campbell, 81, of Fouke, AR passed away July 30, 2020, at Christus St. Michael’s hospital.

William was born April 9, 1939, in Wright City, Oklahoma. He was a retired carpenter and caretaker of an estate. He was a father to five daughters, one son, two stepdaughters and two stepsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ann Campbell; one sister, two brothers and two great granddaughters.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Dotty Campbell of Fouke, Arkansas. His brother, Jessie and Velma Campbell of Grants Pass, Oregon; two sisters, Winnie & Don Wilson of Blossom, Texas and Martha Taylor of Idabel, Oklahoma. His six children, William Carl Campbell of Fouke, Arkansas, Debbie and John Conner of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Donna and Kelley Lockhart of Texarkana, Texas, Keith and Mary Jansen of Fouke, Arkansas, Nora and Ronnie Sterling of Texarkana, Arkansas, Olina and Mike Spears of Camden, Arkansas. His step children, Sue and John Heath of Cecilia, Kentucky, Brent and Laura Franklin of Sims, Texas, Bryan Franklin of Fouke, Arkansas and LaVonda Jones of Fouke, Arkansas. He will also be missed by his 32 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services for Mr. William Campbell will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Moran Cemetery, Valliant, Oklahoma, with Bro. Robbie Jansen 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 Addie Sharp Phillips

Emma Addie Sharp Phillips, age 80, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Ashdown.

She was born July 18, 1940 in Newhope, Arkansas. She worked administrative and supervisory positions in sales, was an assistant to the Sevier County Judge and a Baptist.

She is survived by one son, Jerry Bob Phillips of Pryor, Oklahoma; one daughter, Brenda Wilson of Tyler, Texas; her grandchildren, Jeremy Wilson of Tyler, and Nicole Young of Dierks, Arkansas; her siblings, Roger Sharp of Farmington Hills, Michigan, James Sharp of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Margaret Wilson of Rye, Texas, Evelyn Lindsey of Genoa, Arkansas, Louise Lemons of Nashville, Arkansas, Peggy Lacefield of De Queen, Arkansas, and Sue Thompson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 

 

Mr. Charles Tramble

Mr. Charles Ray Tramble was born June 2, 1954 to Bertha Anna Odessa Daniels and Edward Hopper in Idabel, Oklahoma. He departed this life Tuesday, July 28, 2020, around 3:00 P.M., at home, surrounded by family and friends.

He attended school in Haworth, Oklahoma. At an early age he joined Rebecca Baptist Church. He was a hard worker in his duties as Maintenance Lead at Pilgrim’s Pride for 46 years, until his health began to fail him. He enjoyed singing and was a member of Traveling Kings and Golden Wing Quartet, playing dominoes, and the casino, but most of all, he enjoyed the time spent with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Daniels and Edward Hopper; two brothers, Jerry Dean Daniels and Billie Joe Tramble, as well as, a good friend and neighbor, Bill Brown.

In 1974 he met and married Dorothy Mae Griffin. From this union, four children were born. One preceding him in death, Felix Darnell Tramble, twin to his daughter, Felicia Michelle Tramble of De Queen, daughter, Tangia Rena Tramble of De Queen, three sons, Charles Edward Tramble of Clute, Texas, Edward and Kevin Wimbley of Arlington, Texas; eight surviving grandchildren, Briana L. (Jordan) Alexander, Tatyana Tramble, Kadeidra K. Baker, Kadarius T. Baker, Tadrenae Tamble, Traveon Tramble, Akilah Cole and Tahj McKinney; three great-grandchildren, Josiah D. Ruth, Bryce and Aaliyah Alexander; one brother, James (Beatrice) Tramble of Foreman; one God-sister, Ola Faye Turner; as well as, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Special friends include, Ricky Williams, Woodrow Threadgill, Paul and Della Spears, Lee Allen, James “Poochie” Franklin and Theo Bell, just to name a few. The list goes on. He was a well-known man and loved by many. He is gone but will never be forgotten.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Tramble will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Kulli, Oklahoma, with Eld. Jerome Edwards, Rev. Robert Easter, Rev. Jamie Erby and Rev. Randell R. Threadgill officiating. Special music will be by Aubrey Williams. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 7th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to the pandemic, the family ask that everyone please wear a face mask or covering during the visitation and funeral service. “We love you all, but please, no hugging.”

 

 

Bobby Pearce

Bobby Pearce, age 87, a resident of Choctaw, Oklahoma died in Oklahoma City Thursday July 24, 2020, after a medical procedure.

He was born October 7, 1932, in Dixie, Oklahoma to Paul and Beulah Pearce.

He graduated from De Queen High School in 1953 and enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952. Bob worked at Tinker Air Force base in Electrical Engineer Management. Bob retired after 40 years of service and continued as a consultant for Altech Services and Virtual Technology Services. Bob married Ruthie Deane Robinson Pearce July 20, 1956 and they made their home in Choctaw, Oklahoma. He was a member of Grace Bible Church for over 65 years.

He is survived by three brothers, Bill and Lou Pearce of De Queen AR, Jack Pearce of De Queen AR,and Jim and Shirley Pearce of De Queen AR; a daughter, Michelle Gregory and son-in-law, David Gregory of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren, Austin Gregory and Aven Gregory of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Pearce will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

A general viewing will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29th at the funeral home.

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

Jose Socorro Osura

Mr. Jose Socorro Osura, age 59, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born to Abundio Ozura Puerta and Maria del Rosario Palma on June 27, 1961 in Chihuahua, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Maria de Jesus Aguirre, on November 5, 1988, and to this union, four children were born. Jose spent the last eight years serving as a faithful employee of Huber in Broken Bow. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, traveling, gardening and listening to music. He also enjoyed being active, remodeling houses and spending time with family and friends at a good cook-out.

He was preceded in death by his father and one granddaughter, Kaylie Osura.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 31 years, Maria Osura of De Queen; three sons, Casey Joe Osura and wife Yerendy of Texarkana, Arkansas, Keene Eric Osura of De Queen, and Danny Lee Osura, also of De Queen; one daughter, Lizbeth Osura of De Queen; two grandchildren, Avery Ann Osura and Casey Osura, Jr., both of Texarkana, Arkansas; his mother, Maria Palma; four brothers and four sisters; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Services for Mr. Jose Osura will be held Thursday, July 30, 2020. A public graveside service will be held at 7:00 P.M., Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. General viewing will be held from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., 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 the viewing and funeral services.

 

 

Christopher Micheal Diggs

Christopher Micheal Diggs, age 33, a resident of Provo, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Big Spring, Texas.

He was born April 15, 1987, in Idabel, Oklahoma. He worked in the construction field mainly as a welder. Christopher was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, and bowler. He was generous, kind hearted, and quick to smile.

Mr. Diggs was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marion Diggs and his grandfather, Jude Diggs.

He is survived by his father, Kenneth Wayne Diggs of Provo; his mother, Janna Lynnette Bice of Van Buren, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Holly Annette and Will Goodwin of Van Buren; two nieces, Ashlynn Deer and Maci Goodwin both of Van Buren; and a multitude of friends and family all across the country.  

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Diggs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Belleville Cemetery with Jaron Tipton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

A general viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday July 29th at the funeral home chapel in Dierks.

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

 

Martha Ann Southworth

Mrs. Martha Ann Faulkner Southworth, age 89, went to be with our Lord, Sunday, July 26, 2020 at her home in De Queen, Arkansas with family by her side.    

Martha Ann was born on August 25, 1930 in Cherry Valley, Arkansas. She loved life. She found great joy in maintaining her home with Dan, the farm life, gardening, and nurturing her seven children and numerous grandchildren. Martha was a great friend and servant to the community. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents William Peterson Faulkner and Mary Barger Faulkner; five brothers, Billy B. Faulkner, Harold L. Faulkner, Paul W. Faulkner, Tommy J. Faulkner and Michael E. Faulkner; three sisters, Barbara J. Davis, Mary Alice Wilkinson and Linda C. Cook.

She is survived by her husband Dan A. Southworth of De Queen; three sons, Mike Everhart of Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana, Mark Everhart of De Queen and Mitch Everhart of De Queen; four daughters, Risa Knight (Brent) of Fairhope, Alabama, Leslie Gibson (Walter) of DeWitt, Arkansas, Tracy King (Dale) of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Shannon Arnold of Russellville, Arkansas; one brother, Neil Faulkner of Ferriday, Louisiana; one sister, Norma Franklin of Clinton, Louisiana. Martha also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Martha Ann Southworth will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rufus Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.     

General viewing will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28th at the funeral home.

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

 

Marion Randolph (Randy) Smith, Jr.

Marion Randolph (Randy) Smith, Jr. better known as Smitty, passed away on July 23, 2020, at his home.

He was born on February 15, 1953, in De Queen and worked many years for Wilkerson Funeral Home, from where he eventually retired.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Sr. and Nadine Smith.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandi Cole of Lockesburg; a sister, Vicki Verser of Ashdown and a brother, Steve Smith of Murfreesboro; his special friend, Tina Higgins of De Queen and her kids that he thought of as his own; Danielle Parker Meddock of Spokane, Washington, Brice Higgins and Alexa Knutson both of De Queen; and 2 granddaughters, Piper Meddock and Natalya Parker of Spokane, Washington.

A private burial will be held August 1, 2020 at 10 am in Redmen Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements are being made by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Dickey Frank Caudle

Mr. Dickey Frank Caudle, age 81, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born to William Edgar and Agnes Jane Smith Caudle on January 22, 1939 in Horatio. He was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin and worked as a technician for Western Union for 33 years. He later worked 10 years at Poulan. Dickey was a Baptist and 32nd degree Mason. He enjoyed driving around town, spending time at the Cossatot River and piddling with odd projects. More than anything, Dickey cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dickey Felix Caudle; one daughter, Kina Von Caudle; two brothers, Billy Joe Caudle and Lemuel Caudle; and four sisters, Eta Parker, Rena Crumpton, Janie Lincoln and Jean Bukowsky.

He is survived by two sons, Jeff Caudle of Fort Worth, Texas and Reid Caudle and wife Mary of New Mexico; four grandchildren, Wade Caudle and Casey Caudle of Hurst, Texas, Wyatt Caudle of Weatherford, Texas, and Jake Caudle of Washington; one sister, Gladys May Irvan of Waxahachie, Texas; two brothers, Jim Bob Caudle and wife Ruby of Cartwright, Oklahoma, and Dale Caudle and wife Joyce of Horatio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Dickey Caudle will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Charlie D. Jordan

Mr. Charlie D. Jordan, age 71, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, July 20, 2020, in De Queen.

He was born to Alonzo and Rebecca Griffin Jordan on January 24, 1949 in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Kathern B. Walton, on July 31, 1974 in Idabel, Oklahoma. He worked as a Machine Operator for Weyerhaeuser Company, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a member of Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and enjoyed fishing, watching “The Price Is Right” and wrestling, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and one sister.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 46 years, Kathern Jordan of De Queen; one daughter, Teresa Ann Jordan of De Queen; one son, Anthony Keith Ross of De Queen; three grandchildren, Chyna Prewitt and husband Alex of De Queen, Vanity Jordan of De Queen, and Chris Jones of Chattanooga, Tennessee; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mamie Pace and husband Joe of Washington and Mary Lee Edwards of Lawrence, Kansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charlie Jordan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 25, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Eld. Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

Shirley Ann Bailey

Mrs. Shirley Ann Bryan Bailey, age 73, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, July 14, 2020, at her home.

She was born to Rufus Lee and Opal Eskey Bias Bryan on February 21, 1947, in De Queen. She was a Baptist and member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Shirley married Ronald Wayne (Ronnie) Bailey on May 17, 1996, in De Queen. She and Ronnie spent over 24 loving years together. Shirley enjoyed her more than 22 years working with Southwest Arkansas Development Council. She spent time working in Home Health and Medical Transportation. She adored her grandchildren and enjoyed the time spent traveling and watching their ballgames. She was an avid fan of the De Queen Leopards. She also enjoyed hunting, painting, and working on craft projects with her cousin, Geneva.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a precious grandson, Craig Westbrook; and one brother, Clayburn Montgomery.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Ronnie Bailey of De Queen; one son, Scotty Westbrook and his wife Penny of Umpire; one daughter, Sissy Arndt and her husband Dennis of De Queen; five grandchildren, Clay Westbrook, Jake Arndt, Cade Arndt, Jessica Beck and Dustin Bailey; step-grandchildren, Jo and his wife, Scotti Musick; nine great-grandchildren, Danielle Beck, Jaiden Thronburg, Sawyer Thronburg, Jeremiah Bailey, Keith Bailey, Timmy Bailey, Daylen Bailey Ja’Kynlee Johnson and Ruger Wesson; two step great-grandchildren, William Musick and Lela Musick; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Shirley Bailey will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Mt. Ida Cemetery, with Keith Rose and Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Loretta Rose VanMeter DeLord

Mrs. Loretta Rose VanMeter DeLord, age 81, a resident of Texarkana, Texas left this life Thursday, July 23, 2020, at her home.

She was born August 17, 1938, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was retired from De Queen Regional Medical Center, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of Faith Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Mrs. DeLord was preceded in death by her parents, Henry H. and Rosalie Simer VanMeter; one sister, Judy Gayle Rogers; and one son, Marcus Anthony DeLord.

She is survived by one daughter, Mitzi Moraniec of Texarkana, Texas; one brother   Larry D. VanMeter and his wife Karen of Texarkana, Texas; one granddaughter, Victoria Moraniec; two grandsons, TJ Moraniec and Marcus DeLord; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. DeLord will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Faith Baptist Church in Texarkana, Arkansas with Bro. Edgar Wallace officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Ms. Vicki Marie O’Dell

Ms. Vicki Marie O’Dell, age 66, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at her home.

She was born October 31, 1953 in De Queen. She was a homemaker.

Vicki was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Gordon and Virginia Waters O’Dell.

She is survived by two daughters, Heather Ochoa of De Queen and Emily O’Dell of Minnesota; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Shaun and Lindsay Wilson and Nick O’Dell, all of Minnesota; her grandchildren, Aalexis Romine, Erik Caballero, Cianna Caballero, Kloey Powell, Olivia Wilson, and Avery Wilson; and a great granddaugher, Ahsha Romine.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Miss Brenda Zaragoza

Miss Brenda Marie Zaragoza, age 27, resident of Wickes, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

She was the third of four children born to Adrian Zaragoza and Lucrecia Barrera Zaragoza on December 7, 1992 in San Luis Obispo, California. Brenda worked as a receptionist for Lansdell Family Clinic in De Queen and Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville. She was member of Temple Maranatha in Wickes. Brenda enjoyed being outdoors and going to the movies, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and her daughter, Adalynn.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Adalynn Nichole Bevis of Wickes, Arkansas; her parents, Adrian and Lucrecia Zaragoza of Wickes, Arkansas; two sisters, Margarita Zaragoza and companion Francisco Trinidad, and Edith Zaragoza and companion Josh Elizondo, all of De Queen; one brother, Adrian Zaragoza of De Queen; four nephews, Jairdan Elizondo, Christian Trinidad, Cody Trinidad and Zayden Trinidad, all of De Queen; one niece, Caeli Zaragoza of De Queen; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Miss Brenda Zaragoza have postponed services until further notice. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Geraldine Routh

Mrs. Geraldine Bryan Routh, age 85, resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Monday, July 20, 2020, at McCurtain Memorial Hospital, Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born November 13, 1934 in Broken Bow to the late Lester and Thelma Gertrude Hankins Bryan, the oldest of six children. She was a member of Oak Hill Independent Assembly of God Church and was a homemaker. She married the love of her life, Herbert Lyn Routh, on December 4, 1954 in the Chapel Hill Community of Sevier County. Geraldine enjoyed spending time at home, going to church and reading, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 55 years, Herbert Routh; a granddaughter-in-law, Holly Lacefield; two brothers-in-law, Ruel Hodges and Lemuel Key; and a sister-in-law, Peggy Bryan.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Scott Routh of De Queen and Jerry (Sharon) Routh of Lockesburg; three daughters, Gwenda (Jesse) Lacefield of Broken Bow, Brenda (Ray) Butler of Broken Bow and Nancy (Barry) Melniker of Texarkana, Texas; eight grandchildren, Chris, Bradley, Brandon, Brent, Kevin, Stephanie, Robbie and K’Leeh; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Tommy (Roma Lee) Bryan of Foreman, Gene (Queta) Bryan of Kellum, and Kenneth Bryan of Lockesburg; two sisters, Geneva Hodges of De Queen and Joan Key of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Funeral Services for Mrs. Geraldine Routh will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020, with Bro. John Hollinghead officiating. Burial will be held at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.

 

Ms. Davida Cooper

Ms. Davida Lynn Cooper, age 38, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Davida was born January 30, 1982 in Dumas, Texas to Robert Mann and Estella Martinez Cooper, the first of two children. She was a 2000 graduate of Dumas High School. Davida was well known in our community and beyond from her work at Country Girls Café and Walmart. She was most proud of her opportunities with First Baptist Church De Queen. She touched countless lives around De Queen and surrounding communities during her time as Pre-K teacher of Wee Center and later as Director of Children’s Ministry. Davida will be remembered most by her infectious smile, selfless character and loving personality. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts and was a talented artist, but most of all, she cherished her time spent with the church, youth, her family and friends.

Davida was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Arcenio and Juanita Martinez; her paternal grandfather, Robert (Bob) Cooper; two uncles, Abel Luna, Jr. and David Martinez; and one aunt, Amelia Rodriguez.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one daughter, Brielle Laine Cooper of De Queen, Arkansas; her parents, Robert and Estella Cooper of De Queen, Arkansas; one brother, Bobby David Cooper of Fort Polk, Louisiana; paternal grandmother, Lucy Cooper of De Queen, Arkansas; aunts, uncles, cousins, the King Family and other friends, too numerous to list.

Memorial Services for Ms. Davida Cooper will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at First Baptist Church De Queen with Bros. Josh Herweck and Micah Martin officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., tonight, at First Baptist Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. 

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

 

Mrs. Janet Lowrey

Mrs. Janet Gamble Lowrey, age 78, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at her home.

She was born to Frank and Helen Gamble on March 13th, 1942 in De Queen. Janet married the love of her life, Ronald Lowrey on March 18th, 1967.

Janet was a graduate of De Queen High School and worked many different jobs over the years from helping her Dad run and cook at “Frank’s” (where she learned to cook a mean Frank Burger) to being a homemaker, but her favorite job was being a wife, mother, and Grandma to her Grandchildren and especially being a foster grandparent at Parkhill Pre-School in De Queen.

Janet faithfully attended the Presbyterian Church of De Queen for most of her adult life and loved her church family there but later became a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church. She was a beautiful soul that never met a stranger, especially on her daily trips to Wal-Mart; she truly and unconditionally loved all people and animals. She was often reminded by her daughters to refrain from picking up and giving rides to strangers off the side of the road when she had her grandchildren with her. Janet also did not mind letting any deer hunter know they better stay clear of the deer and wildlife in her yard. She enjoyed listening and dancing to country music and was the original groupie for the Gene Argenbright Band for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Vanmeter and a son-in-law, Dwayne Miller.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one brother, Jay Gamble of De Queen; her husband of 53 years, Ron; three children, Sandy Miller-Huntsberger of De Queen, Leah Harper (Joey) of Lockesburg, and Brett Lowrey of Conway; seven grandchildren, Ashley Coleman, Callie Miller, Morgan Miller, and Blake Lowrey (Marley) all of De Queen, Grayson Coleman of Biloxi, MS, Austin O’Rand (Jordan) of Harrah Oklahoma and Alec Lowrey of Little Rock; two great-grandchildren, Carson Coleman of De Queen and Dallis O’Rand of Harrah, OK; as well as nieces, nephews, a host of great friends and her beloved baby, Dash, the second smartest dog in the world.

Private Services for Mrs. Janet Lowrey will be held at a later time. Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Dwight Sargent

Mr. William Dwight Sargent, age 73, resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at home, with his family by his side.

He was born to William Royce and Eula Faye Powell Sargent on December 10, 1946 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a 1965 graduate of Wickes High School. Dwight served with the National Guard and was a Truck Driver. He worked for several companies over the years including Pilgrim’s Pride, DC Trucking and most recently, Rolling B Ranch. He enjoyed dancing and was a member of “Square B” dancing club in Broken Bow. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Linda Ann Winkley; one brother-in-law, David Piearcy; one son-in-law, Ty Schlomer; and one step son-in-law, Tony Treat.

Dwight is survived by his wife of 27 years, Brenda Sargent of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; four daughters and sons-in-law, Michele (David) Wilcher of Ogden, Arkansas, Vicki (Greg) Shockley of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tamera (Danny) Bond of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Jana (Junior) Cursh of Hooks, Texas; his step children, Jeanie Treat and Jimbo Holder, both of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Piearcy of Justin, Texas and Carolyn (Gordon) Skelton of Valliant, Oklahoma; his daughter’s mother, Ernestine Shelton of Mena, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends, too numerous to list.

Graveside Services for Mr. Dwight Sargent will be held at 10:00 A.M., Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Wickes, with Bro. Dave Piearcy officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering is recommended during the service. Please keep a safe and comfortable distance from one another. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Robert Mann (Bob) Cooper, Sr.

Mr. Robert Mann (Bob) Cooper, Sr., age 81, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at his home.

Robert, affectionately known as “Bob,” was the youngest of six children born to David Spears and Minnie Jean Blackburn Cooper on March 10, 1939 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a 1959 graduate of Bryan Station High School in Lexington, where he served as Vice President of their FFA Chapter. Bob married the love of his life, Lucy Logan Duncan, on July 23, 1959 in Lexington. He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Reserves and attended church at the Gillham Methodist Church. He was a member of AFGE Local 2876 and 3141, where he served in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer and President. He was also a NARFE Legislative Officer. Bob received recognition and numerous awards for his 32 years of service as a Food Inspector for USDA. He enjoyed photography, gardening, flowers and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Cooper, Jr.; three sisters, May Howard, Agnes Stevens and Patty Prather; and one son-in-law, Abel Luna, Jr.

Bob leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of almost 61 years, Lucy Cooper of De Queen; four children, Robert Cooper, Jr. and wife Estella of De Queen, John Cooper and his wife Cheryll of Seneca, South Carolina, Alesa Luna of Amarillo, Texas and Julia Marfut and husband Mike of Bremerton, Washington; six grandchildren, Davida, Heather, Bobby, Bethany, Jenifer and Robert; eleven grandchildren, Savannah, Madison, Brielle, Norah, Hannah, Derek, Kira, Jordan, Nathan, Jeremy and Rachel; one great-great-grandson, Leander; one sister, Jean Heaton of Columbus, Ohio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bob Cooper, Sr., will be held at 9:30 A.M., Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Leah Arnold officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during the funeral service and visitation. Please keep a safe and comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while in the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Pauline Leard

Mrs. Pauline Davis Leard (100), passed away on July 13, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Raymond D. Leard, two brothers and one sister. She was born on August 11, 1919 in Gillham, Arkansas where most of her life was spent. Pauline was a very loving and thoughtful sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Pauline is survived by her two sisters, Jean Bertch, Nora Graves and her husband Bud, as well as her brother AT (Runt) Davis of Mena, Arkansas. She is also survived by her two daughters, Macaline Cunningham and her husband Charles of Kansas City, Missouri, and Vada Hermon of Georgetown, Texas. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Scott Cunningham of Kansas City, Missouri, Lisa Herring and her three children of Saratoga, Wyoming, and Jeff Hermon and his two children of Austin, Texas.                     

Graveside Services for Mrs. Pauline Leard will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 17, 2020 at Mineral Cemetery, Gillham. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health conditions, the use of a face mask or covering is recommended during the service. Please keep a safe and comfortable distance from one another. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Aikman Kendrick

Mr. Aikman Kendrick, age 86 a resident of Cerro Gordo, died Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his home.

He was born July 19, 1933 in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas.  He served 29 years in the U.S. Army and 14 years in Civil Service.  Mr. Kendrick was a rancher, he attended State Line Baptist Church and loved family gatherings.

Mr. Kendrick was preceded in death by his parents, E.E. and Allie (Aikman) Kendrick; five brothers, Gene Lee Kendrick, Billy Kendrick, Gilbert Marshall Kendrick, Harold Kendrick and Tony Wayne Kendrick.

He is survived by his wife, Nona Ruth (Irvan) Kendrick; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tammy and Tony Goins of Horatio, Arkansas, Cindy and Marc Suffridge of Queen City, Texas and Rhonda Kendrick of Cumby, Texas; five grandchildren, Dustin Goins, Josh McCullough, Kelly Goins, Jason McCullough and Sarah Suffridge; five great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kendrick will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the State Line Baptist Church with Ray Brown and Eddie Higgs officiating.  Burial will follow in Cerro Gordo cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 17th at the funeral home.

The family request that everyone remain safe and please, if possible, wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Betty “Sissy” Renee Burgess

Betty “Sissy” Renee Burgess, age 51, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Friday, July 10, 2020 at her home.

She was born June 7, 1969 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a farmer and member of Bissell Chapel Community Church.  Sissy loved being a grandma, spending times with family and friends, loved all things Betty Boop and her dog Toto.

Sissy was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Marvin and Patsy Irene Douglas Burgess and one sister, Deanna Mae Burgess.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Heather Barnes of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law Bailey Lott and Colby Westbrook of Dierks, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Emery Westbrook; her fiancé John Delos Santos of Athens, Arkansas; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Marvin and Flo Burgess of Caddo Gap, Arkansas James and Penny Burgess and Garth Burgess all of Umpire, Arkansas Nathan and Anita Burgess of Athens, Arkansas and Phillip and Penny Burgess of Dierks, Arkansas; two aunts and an uncle, Bob and Betty Lou Ewart of Athens, Arkansas and Dorothea House of Dierks, Arkansas; special cousins, Joan Isham, Lisa Allen and Barbara Chambers all of Dierks, Arkansas; special friends, Mason and Lindsey Greene of Athens, Arkansas, Rose Jackson of Dierks, Arkansas, Annette Dixon of Dierks, Arkansas and Eddie Cherry of De Queen, Arkansas and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at Athens Cemetery with Bro. Donnie Vaughn and Joe Isham officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

General viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16th at the funeral home in Dierks.

The family request that everyone remain safe and please, if possible, wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

Mrs. Mary Parson

Mrs. Mary Allen Jones Parson, age 89, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Little River Memorial Hospital, Ashdown.

Mary, affectionately known as “Chuck,” was born to Bert and Ethel Poteet Jones on March 21, 1931 in Graysonia, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Melvin R. Parson, on September 7, 1946 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and to this union, five children were born. Chuck was a homemaker and member of First Methodist Church. She enjoyed attending Sunday school, church services and spending time with the Methodist Ladies Book Club. She also enjoyed playing cards with friends, gardening, canning, making jelly and baking cookies and cakes with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Melvin R. “Pete” Parson; one son, Bobby J. Parson; two brothers, Grady Jones and Buddy Jones; and two sisters, Dimple Jones and Juanita Head.

Chuck is survived by one daughter, Judy Uzzell and her husband Melvin of Memphis, Tennessee; three sons, Ronnie Parson and his wife Kathy of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ricky Parson and his wife Donna, and Jerry Parson, all of De Queen; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Mary Parson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff of Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the First United Methodist Church in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Eva Morris

Mrs. Eva Lenora Everett Morris, age 98, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

Eva was born to Seth Henkley and Lula Jane Wright Everett on June 20, 1922 in Mountain Park, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life, Leo B. (Bill) Morris, on October 28, 1939 in De Queen. Eva retired from Baldwin’s in De Queen after 14 years of service and was a Homemaker. She and Bill were members of Dilworth Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed sewing, canning, and gardening, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 57 years, Bill Morris; one son-in-law, Franklin Chandler; one grandson, David Chandler; three brothers, Vance Everett, Curtis Everett and Walter Everett; and one sister, Carmen Caldwell.

Eva leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters and a son-in-law, Jane Chandler of Horatio and Leoda and Oliver Matthews of Horatio; four grandchildren, Eugene Chandler of Lockesburg, Randy Chandler of Horatio, Guy Matthews of Texarkana and Sandra Sims of West Fork, Arkansas; eight great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Eva Morris will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, with John Hickel officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. General viewing will be from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Evelyn (Bo) Pollard Pogue

Evelyn (Bo) Pollard Pogue, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 2, 1929, in Watson, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker, nurse aide, school worker, caregiver, and attended Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pogue was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ada Webb Pollard; her husband, Elisha Agnar Pogue; four brothers, Bennie Pollard, Cleadus Pollard, Haskel Pollard, and Tom Pollard; and two sisters, Mabel Smith and Josephine Richardson.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Wayne Pogue of De Queen and Johnny Dewayne Pogue of Texarkana, Texas; three grandsons, Perry Pogue of Palm Bay, Florida, Terry Pogue of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jerry Pogue of Texarkana, Texas; one great grandson, Chandler Pogue of Fort Smith, Arkansas; three great granddaughters, Randi Pogue of Fort Smith, Chelan Pogue of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Maggie Pogue of Palm Bay, Florida; one brother, Floyd Pollard of Smithville, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Pogue will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Denison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma with Keith Rose officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family would like to thank Little River Nursing and Rehab, St. Michael’s Home Health, and Hospice of Texarkana.

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

 

Mildred Pauline Daniel Conatser

Mildred Pauline Daniel Conatser, age 93, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, July 10, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Lando Prince and Bertha Maude Linheart Daniel on February 5, 1927, in Horatio. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and fishing.   

Mrs. Conatser was preceded in death by two sons, George C. Williamson and Kenny Zachry.

She is survived by one son, Lando Williamson of Horatio; two daughters, Harriett Piper of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Millie McCain of McCaskill, Arkansas; one sister, Virginia Cooper of Shinewell, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Conatser will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Clear Creek Cemetery with James McCain officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

A general viewing will be held from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Monday, July 13th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Katie Pannell

Mrs. Katie Beth Staggs Pannell, age 75, resident of Millerton, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Medical City, Plano, Texas.

She was born to Henry Clay and Thelma Eula Page Staggs on September 16, 1944 near Lockesburg, Arkansas.  She was a homemaker, and enjoyed board games, traveling, and going to the casinos, but most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 51 years, Richard Eugene Pannell of Millerton, Oklahoma, a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Eugene Pannell, Jr, and his wife, Lynn of Cove, Arkansas, a step-daughter, Tammie Dawn Pannell of Fort Worth, Texas, three grandchildren, Shane Pannell, Chance Nichols, and Carlie Pannell, a brother and sister-in-law, John Henry and Linda Staggs of New Hope, Arkansas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Zella Faye and Donald Barnes of De Queen, and Clara and Olen Frady of Glenwood, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Katie Pannell will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11th in the Old Piney Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas with Bro. John Henry Williams officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

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

 

James Lynn Clowdis

Mr. James Lynn Clowdis, age 87, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

Mr. Clowdis was born September 27, 1932, in Winthrop, Arkansas. He was an Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Agent and a member of Winthrop Baptist Church. Mr. Clowdis was a 32 degree Mason and a member of Rocky Comfort Lodge and Silver Hills Eastern Star.

Mr. Clowdis was preceded in death by his parents, Derrel Alexander and Susie Jane Brown Clowdis; his wife, Shelba “Belle” Clowdis; one sister, Mary Jo Little; and one niece, Shelly Bishop.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Joe Longacre of Horatio; two granddaughters and their spouses, Kandie and Ethan Gingras of Heath, Texas and Devin and Ben Sessions of Dallas, Texas; four great grandchildren, Ellie Gingras, Cal Gingras, Isaac Sessions, and Lucy Sessions; four nieces, Lisa Martin, Phyllis Tabler, Vonda Marchand, and Tracy Hemeyer; two nephews, Mike Altenbaumer and Terry Altenbaumer; along with several great nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Clowdis will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Audie Dawson and Jimmy Dale officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

A general viewing will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 10th at the funeral home.

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

Wanda Colleen Aguilar

Mrs. Wanda Colleen Aguilar, age 71, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born March 24, 1949, in Evansville, Indiana. She was a janitor for Pilgrim’s Pride and loved her grandkids and great grandkids. Mrs. Aguilar loved horses, fishing, gardening, and watching the grandkids play sports. She was loved by all her neighbors.

Mrs. Aguilar was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Ezra LeRoy and Dorothy Gene Rowley Callahan and her children’s father, Ira Derrill Derrick in March of 1999.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Denise and Evaristo Pedraza of De Queen and Dylan Derrick of Fayetteville, North Carolina; six grandkids, Erika Gutierrez and husband, Vicente, Sasha Castrejon, Colton Derrick, Daniel Tinajero, Lucas Tinajero and wife, Maggie, and Rose Tinajero; and five great grandkids and one boy due in September.

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

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

Kenneth David Brown

Kenneth David Brown, age 70, passed away Monday, July 6, 2020 after a hard fought, four-year battle with esophageal cancer.  

He was born Dec 14, 1949 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Calvin Clem Brown and Maxine Inez Norman Brown. He is preceded in death by his only sibling, Norma ‘Su’ Brown Warner.

Ken is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terri Lambeth Brown and three children, Jeremy (& Nikki) Gingery of De Queen, Jessica (& David Jensen) of Georgetown, Texas, and Kelli (& Darrell) Williams of Texarkana, Texas. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, who love him dearly and brought him much joy. Kylee and Kaden McGaha, Presli and Bristol Jensen and Grady and Ava Gingery. Other family to cherish his memory are brothers-in-law Dave Braughton of Hot Springs, Gary (& Bonnie) Lambeth, Barry (& Charlene) Lambeth of De Queen, a special cousin Larry Fikes of Norman, Oklahoma, numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends, colleagues and comrades in arms.

He graduated high school in Denver Colorado, began private flight training and started college in the fall. He made the decision to leave school after the first semester and volunteered for Vietnam. There he earned several medals, including the Bronze Star with oak leaf clusters, two Distinguished Flying Cross’ as well as other medals.

He served one term ‘in country’, 1968-1969, as a Huey helicopter pilot during which his ship was shot by enemy fire on two occasions and his flying skills were instrumental in the capture of an enemy machine gun. After his tour in Vietnam Ken was a flight instructor at Fort Rucker. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Army he made a civilian career of flying helicopters ending with a 15-year stint at Weyerhaeuser Aviation based in De Queen, Arkansas.

The discipline, loyalty, and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him. He is a true Patriot as friends and family will attest.

Due to Covid-19 there will be a come and go public visitation Saturday July 11, from 10 am to 1 pm in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel. Outdoor services will be held Monday July 13, at 11 am at the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Honorary pall bearers, Jack Eller, George Anzelmo, Larry Fikes and Barry Lambeth, all Vietnam Veterans, the Army, and the Arkansas Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders for escorting our American Hero.

Flowers may be sent to Wilkerson Funeral Home or you may choose to honor Ken by donating to the Esophageal Cancer Action Network or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Ina Ruth Martz

Ina Ruth Martz was born June 5th 1928 in Lockesburg, AR. She passed from this Earth to Heaven on July 7th, 2020 at the age of 92 years old. She was a loving, caring, and kind mother and grandmother. She enjoyed visits from her family, family meals, reading, cooking, watching hummingbirds, tending to her flower beds, playing card games, sister trips, walking, and singing songs to her grandchildren.

Her death is proceeded by her spouse, Hollis Everette Martz; her son, Bobby Martz; her sisters, Noreen Martz, Goldya Knox, and Stella Middleton; and her brother, Garner Sharp.

She is survived by her children, Hollis Martz (Trudy Martz), Jetty Caple (Marvin Caple), Phil Martz (Pam Martz), Anita Helms (Kem Helms) and James Martz; her siblings, Willard Sharp, Betty Henderson, Ollie Taggart, and Gil Sharp; Twenty-two grandchildren and forty-four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

 

Mrs. Iva White

Mrs. Iva Ra-Karole Poole White, age 44, resident of Texarkana, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Horace Gene and Deborah Odetta Haley Poole on December 29, 1975 in Texarkana. Iva received her Masters of Science in Accounting from Liberty University and worked as an Internal Auditor for Red River Federal Credit Union in Texarkana. She married the love of her life, David Lawrence White, on June 18, 1994 in Nash, Texas. She enjoyed crafts, shopping and entertaining, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Garland Ra-Chelle Poole; and one sister-in-law, Nancy Poole.

Iva leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 26 years, David White of Texarkana; their children, Breagan Destinee Ra-Chelle Negron and husband Victor Jose Negron of Texarkana, David Courland White and wife Jennifer Lynn White of Ashdown and Morgan Emily White of Texarkana; one step-daughter, Rachael Dawn White of Ashdown; six grandchildren, Easton, Adalyn, Calliope, Lillie, Tempest and Beauman; four brothers, Harold Poole of South Carolina, Jerry Poole and wife Ruth of Oregon, Horace Poole, Jr. and wife Tiffani of Genoa, Arkansas and Zachary Poole of Texarkana; one sister, Lisa Poole of Texarkana; as well as, one niece, Haley Alexis Ra-Chelle Poole; the Patterson family; other relatives and friends.

Private Services for Mrs. Iva White will be held at Millwee Cemetery, Horatio. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Patricia Gail Sowell

Ms. Patricia Gail Sowell, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born June 10, 1964, in De Queen. Patricia was retired and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandkids.

Ms. Sowell was preceded in death by her parents, Bobbie D. and Josephine Annie Austin Derington; her grandparents, Walter and Erma Austin and O.C. and Faye Derington and Myrtle Hamilton; and one sister, Cynthia Derington Lang.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Bobbie Ward of De Queen and Jay Jay and Krista Ward of Horatio, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Kayla and James Maturino of De Queen; five grandchildren, Cash Ward, Bella Ward, Axel Ward, Efrain Maturino, and Sophia Maturino; one sister, Sheri Derington of De Queen; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Lloyd and Cindy Derington of Horatio and Alan Derington of  De Queen; and one nephew, Colton Derington.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Sowell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Sweet Home Cemetery with Bishop Patrick Grant officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Betty Fern Rink Culp

Mrs. Betty Fern Rink Culp, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 26, 1938 in De Queen. She was a machinist, retired from  Baldwin Piano and Sevier County Courthouse. She loved reading, traveling, entering contests and going to the casino.

Mrs. Culp was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Lee and Betty Ann Cook Rink; her husband, Harley Culp; one son, Autry Lee Avery; one brother, Virgil “Bud” Rink; and two infant brothers, Arthur Lee Rink and Charles Davis Rink;

She is survived by one son, Allan Avery of De Queen; one daughter, Terri Willmon of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlene and “Cop” Bush of Wilton, Arkansas and M.V. “Doodle” and Jerry Boykin of Lockesburg, Arkansas; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family from the Dallas area.

Funeral services for Mrs. Culp will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in the Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

John Edward Grubbs

Mr. John Edward Grubbs, age 33, a resident of Kennedy, Texas formerly of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 3, 1986, in Hope, Arkansas. He was a pipeline welder in the Texas oilfields. John was a Christian, and loved to hunt and fish. He was a graduate of Dierks High School where he played football.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grady and Pauline Grubbs and James and Barbara Gustic.

John is survived by his father and step-mother, Ricky Dan and Angelene Grubbs of Delight, Arkansas; his mother, Dorothy Mae Gustic Grubbs of Dierks; one brother, Michael Grubbs of Dierks; three step-brothers, Daniel Nolen, Cameron Couch, and Dalton Franks; one step sister, Rebecca Nolen; his dog, Rocky; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Graveside funeral services for John will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020, at Dierks Cemetery with Jaron Tipton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

A general viewing will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Barbara O’Neal Crawford

Mrs. Barbara O’Neal Gray Crawford, age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, June 29, 2020 in Dierks.

She was born November 29, 1935 in Cameron, Texas. She was a homemaker and attended Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg. She loved kids, sewing, painting and crafts.

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents, William Vanderbilt and Mary Helen Lundy Gray; her husband, J.B. Allen Crawford; and two daughters, Janice Castillo and Barbara Jane Crawford; two brothers, Charles Gray, Sr.  and William Billy Gray and two sisters, Helen Virginia Gray Woods and Mary Helen Lucille Lowry.

She is survived by six daughters, Lynn John of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jazmine Roberts and husband William of Lockesburg, Jackie Johnson of New Boston, Texas, Sandy White of De Queen, Arkansas, Mary Helen Miles Nichols of Abilene, Texas, and Wendelynn Gay Miles Dutton of Midland, Texas; a number of grandchildren, her special grandchildren, Charles and Jennifer Clifton, Kassie and Keith Wade and Liam and Necie Roberts; special great grandchildren, Shyloe Harvey, Jacob Clifton, Sienna Claire Wade and Madison Paige Wade; and a number of other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crawford will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg with Bro. Levi Browning officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

To ensure everyone’s safety a face covering is suggested at the church.

 

 

Elizha Tukai “Kai” Leeper

Elizha Tukai “Kai” Leeper, age 15, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born January 16, 2005 in Texarkana, Texas.  He was a Christian and attended Mineral Springs High School.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, making music and playing football.

Kai was preceded in death by his Mamaw, Betty Crow; great-grandma, Edna Collier and great-grandpa, David Collier.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Carl Lavell Leeper and April Summers-Leeper of Mineral Springs, AR; his mother and step-father, LaBetha Crow Patterson and Greg Patterson of Provo, AR; one sister, Sadie Leeper; one brother, Lenny Leeper both of Provo, AR; sister-in-love, Morgan Spray; three step-brothers, James Summers Smith, Justin Summers, Jordan Summers; one step-sister, Jasmin Summers all of Mineral Springs, AR; his Papa, Kenneth Crow of Provo, his Nana, Easter Leeper of Nashville, AR, his PawPaw, Ronnie Flowers of Washington, AR; grandparents, Carl and Jonnie Leeper of Antoine, AR; his aunts and uncles, Rudy and Linda Hatridge of Wilton, AR, Rhonda and Perry Small of Conway, AR, Robyn Hatridge of Texarkana, Sheila Marts of Stigler, OK, Denise Glenn of Nashville, TN, Yvonne “Chef Mo” Leeper of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Theresa Flowers of Little Rock, AR, Dawntish Flower of Nashville, AR and Tierra Trotter of Texarkana, AR and a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Kai will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday July 4, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville with his Godfather, Pastor Jamie Erby officiating, Bro. Jerrel Helms reading scripture and Bro. Tommy Halsell, prayer. Private Burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing at the church will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July the 4th.

General viewing will be held from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 3rd at the funeral home in De Queen.

To ensure everyone’s safety a face covering will be required at the funeral home and church.

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

 

 

Mr. Tony Morris

Mr. Tony Morris, age 84, resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Cecil R. Bomar Rehabilitation Center in Nacogdoches.

Born July 6, 1935, in Decatur, Texas, to Bessie Evel Pruett Morris and Jesse Lee Morris, Tony grew up in north Texas and lived most of the first half of his life there. After two years at North Texas State University, he volunteered for the army and served stateside for two years during the Korean conflict. He was married to Dorothy Jamie Fowler from 1955 until her death in 1971; they had two daughters, Debra and Kathleen, who survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dona Kay Morris, who passed away in November 2019. His parents and both his siblings, Joe and Jaytha Morris, also preceded him in death. Along with Kathleen and Debra, he is survived by Dona’s three children, Rebecca, Kevin, and Jennifer, as well as eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, numerous members of the extended family, and his faithful dog Spike.

Tony’s first jobs as a preteen and teen were pumping gas at his father’s service station and wrapping butter at the dairy in Decatur. He worked in electrical engineering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 1950s and 1960s and in the construction business in the 1970s. In 1977, he and Dona moved to DeQueen, Arkansas, where he built their home – as he said, “drove almost every nail in it” — on 20 acres of woods. There he worked as a roofing contractor and drove a school bus, experimented with raising goats and rabbits, and became a successful gardener who learned to can fresh produce. He and Dona were active members of DeQueen Church of Christ for 37 years. He was an avid fisherman and played banjo, guitar, and dobro with a bluegrass band in DeQueen, dabbling as well in mandolin and fiddle music.

Tony will be remembered for his fierce independence and ready grin, his unshakable faith and loyalty to friends and family, and his endless supply of corny jokes and useful aphorisms.

Graveside Services for Mr. Tony Morris will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 6, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, with Toney Stowers, Minister, officiating. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Appleby Church of Christ (10316 FM 941, Nacogdoches, TX 75965), where he was a member, or to the charity of your choice.

 

 

Florence Oleta Metcalf

Mrs. Florence Oleta Pettigrew Metcalf, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 11, 1941 in Horatio. She was a seamstress, served on the Sevier County Library Board and was a member of Williamson Community Church. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family.

Mrs. Metcalf was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo Pettigrew and Sybel Irvan Young; her husband, Jerry W. Metcalf, Sr.; and a brother, Alonzo Pettigrew.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerel Byrd of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Metcalf, Jr. and Lisa of Stonewall, Louisiana, Ricky and Nancy Metcalf of Juneau, Alaska and Joe Metcalf of  Richland, Washington; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Annitta and David Perks of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Marilyn Jo and Warren Adcock of Farmington, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Robbie and Carletta Pettigrew of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, Rindy Swafford, Ashley Metcalf, Candice Metcalf, Rebecca Davis, Alicia Metcalf, Meghan Byrd and Leah Byrd; and a number of beloved great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Janet Selman Ross

Janet Selman Ross, age 87, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Friday, June 26, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born February 27, 1933, in Kingsland, Arkansas. Mrs. Ross was the owner of J&J Value Pack and Gator Inn in Foreman and Mid-way Grocery in Tom, Oklahoma. She was also a hairdresser and worked at Walmart. Mrs. Ross was a member of the First Baptist Church of Foreman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Beatrice Mosley Selman; her husband, Ned Ross; and two brothers, Bob Selman and Jackie Selman.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Wendi and Hugh Phillips of Foreman and Cynthia and David Miller of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Butch and Cindy Ross and Michael Ross all of Foreman; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Sylvia Selman of Hector, Arkansas and Chick and Wanda Selman of Hot Springs; one sister-in-law, Pat Selman of El Dorado, Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ross will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at Dollarhide Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

There will be a general visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Peggy Jo Lewis Bivins

Peggy Jo Lewis Bivins, age 87, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Friday, June 26, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Tom and Vivian Lewis on August 3, 1932, in Little River County, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended Northern Hills Baptist Church of Texarkana.

Mrs. Bivins was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Alexander Bivins and one brother, Jack Lewis.

Left to cherish her memory are one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Joyce Bivins of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter, Mary Monte of Little Rock, Arkansas; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bivins will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Gravelly Cemetery Pavilion with Roger Copeland officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held 20 minutes prior to the service.

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

 

 

Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr.

Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr., age 71, resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Monday, June 22, 2020 in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Guadalupe Jacobo Estrada and Maria Felix on January 22, 1949 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Benjamin married the love of his life, Blanca Estela Jacobo Trevino, on June 13, 1976 in Mexico. He worked construction for Butler Construction Company and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bernice Jacobo; one granddaughter, Louisa Camilla Jimenez; and siblings, Francisco, Ester, Maria Luisa and Guadalupe.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 44 years, Blanca Jacobo Trevino; his children, Benjamin Jacobo Marinez, Yadira Jacobo, Yvette Bravo, Benjamin Jacobo and wife Diana, Brenda Eunice Jimenez and husband Raul, Mirna Jacobo and husband Henry Ruiz, Jackeline Jacobo and Luis Javier Jacobo; fifteen grandchildren, Joaquin, Diego, Dominique and husband Raekwon A. Brown, Monique, Matilda, Benjamin III, Nathan, Raul Jr., Annette Michelle, Jazmine Lani, Thomas, Jesse, Marianne Lee, Jacob Isaiah, and Jancarlo; two great-grandchildren, River Lynn and Jasiah; siblings, Adela, Raul, Rasario, Ramon, Benarda, Maria and Rosa; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr., will be announced at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Rev. Roger Dale Harris

Rev. Roger Dale Harris was born August 21, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas to Arlis and Flora (Mounts) Harris.  He passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Roger was proud of the fact he was raised “Southern Old School”, being taught respect for all of people.  He was a hard worker, starting at a young age and continuing throughout his life. He graduated from De Queen High School in 1969, serving as class president both junior and senior year.  He then went on to college cementing his love of baseball, playing all four years, earning degrees in Physical Education and English.  He planned to be a high school baseball coach, which he did, winning a league championship in his first year.  He soon realized it’s tough to make a living on a high school baseball coach’s salary.  Roger became Rev. Roger on April 29, 1984.  He preached and pastored at four churches in Arkansas for 19 years.  During that time he received several awards for his work with the youth of the community, he worked as a counselor at a juvenile holding facility and founded what would become the largest high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Arkansas.  During this time he also was involved with working with the United States Marshals office working undercover trying to help the local drug problem in southwest Arkansas.  This eventually caused his relocation to Wisconsin, where he served at the Pastor of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth for just over 8 years.  Roger was an avid Cubs fan, being lucky enough to see his Cubs win the World Series.  Go Cubs Go!

Pastor Roger is survived by his daughter Helena Harris; grandchildren Madalynn and Trace Bramlett; his sister Vicki (Robert) Peek from Arkansas; his special companion Brenda Wenger as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He will be missed by many people both in Wisconsin and Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jewell (Thompson); and daughter Amanda Harris.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 in Walworth, Wisconsin, under the direction of Toynton Funeral Home of Walworth.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, June 29, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Thomas Edward McWhorter

Thomas Edward McWhorter, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born November 14, 1936, in Lockesburg. Mr. McWhorter was a logger and a truck driver. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Lockesburg where he also taught Sunday school.

Mr. McWhorter was preceded in death by his parents, Shannon and Virgie Mae Cox McWhorter; two sisters, Marjorie Liggin and Eleanor Collins; one brother, Jake McWhorter; and one son-in-law, Gregory Sillavan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Smith McWhorter; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda Sillavan of Lockesburg, Sharon and Stanley Hawkins of Avery, Texas, and Kristy and Robert Vallee of Lockesburg; one son, Jason McWhorter and Kelly Sims of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Kay McWhorter of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Leaetta and Dwight Payne also of Lockesburg; eight grandchildren, Amber Pickett, Cameron Sillavan and wife Ginger, Katelyn Sillavan, Hunter Blankenship and wife Kayla, Zachary McWhorter, Rachael Vallee, Bekah Vallee, and Russell Vallee; five great grandchildren; one special nephew, Rod McWhorter; three special nieces, Twyla Nichols, Misty Darley, and Mindy King; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. McWhorter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Mayes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23rd at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Idell Oma Peterson

Mrs. Idell Oma Ashley Peterson, age 96, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was the eighth of nine children born to Foster Randolf and Oma Cathleen Holder Ashley on November 11, 1923 in De Queen. She married Floyd Peterson on December 12, 1959 in Vallejo, California. Idell was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ and worked for many years as a sales representative for Avon. She enjoyed gardening, bowling, crossword puzzles, reading her bible and deer hunting. Some may remember when Idell made the front page of the De Queen newspaper for harvesting a deer from her kitchen window while in her mid-80s. While she found great joy in her many hobbies, Idell cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 50 years, Floyd Peterson; five sisters, Jessie Hensley, Madge Bettis, Rachel Bettis, Gertie McCauley and Hazel Krudwig; and three brothers, Boyd Ashley, Winfred Ashley and Lillard Ashley.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one step-daughter, Barbara Kozielski of Clovis, California; two step-grandchildren, Robin (Tim) Honeyman of Texarkana and Gene (Amanda) Haynes of Horatio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in California; three nephews, Charles F. (Alice) Krudwig, David (Rene) Krudwig and Kenneth (Judy) Krudwig, all of De Queen; two nieces, Ester Eades of Cabot, Arkansas and Judy (Tommy) Kennedy of Corinth, Mississippi; numerous great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Idell Peterson will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Crosstrails Cemetery, De Queen, with Ministers Toney Stowers and Charles F. Krudwig officiating. General visitation will be held Tuesday, 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.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

 

Pamela Machelle Dillehay

Pamela Machelle Dillehay, 54 of Mineral Springs, Arkansas passed from this life on June 18, 2020. She was born on January 23, 1966 in Nashville, Arkansas to Jerry and Helen Icenhower. Pamela enjoyed painting, photography, babysitting her grandkids, singing and spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful loving mother, Nana and friend who never met a stranger and loved everyone.

Pamela is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Icenhower and two husbands, Phillip Ray Tucker and Michael Dillehay. She leaves behind her mother Helen Icenhower; children Michael Chase Friend (April), Kelly Tracy (Michael), Chad Tucker (Kaylyn); grandchildren Braiden, Evie, Cathryn, Alexis, Michael, Forrest; one brother Kenneth Lynn Icenhower (Jackie); nieces Jeri and Molly and nephew Reid and a host of other loving family and friends.

Due to current health concerns with the Covid virus, all services will be restricted to no more than 50 people in attendance and all who attend will be required to wear a facial covering while in attendance. Any individuals who feel ill are asked to please refrain from attending. Anyone who does not attend due to concerns, the family would like to take you for your prayers during this time.

Visitation will be held from 10-11am on Tuesday, June 23, 2020,  with funeral services to follow at 11am at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 507 Corn Bridge Road, Mineral Springs, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Bluff Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400.

Jose Balmore Herrera

Jose Balmore Herrera, age 73, a resident of Ilobusco, Cabanas, El Salvador died Saturday June 20, 2020, at his daughter’s home in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born April 6, 1947, in Cabanas, El Salvador. He was a Catholic and a farmer. He loved being outdoors, riding horses and spending time with his family. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.

Mr. Herrera was preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin Ayala and Maria Herrera.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Nery Arias and Mario Mejia; three grandchildren, Ana Mejia, Neri Mejia, and Milagros Mejia all of De Queen.

A private funeral Mass for Mr. Herrera will be held at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Joseph Fredrick Turner, Jr.

Joseph Fredrick Turner, Jr., age 73, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1946, in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a welder and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Turner, Sr. and Mary Lee Hatfield Turner and three brothers, James Turner, Grover Newsome, and Godwin Newsome.

He is survived by one son, Bobby Joe Turner of Texarkana, Arkansas; two daughters, Virginia Lee Smith and Kimberly Moore both of Mineral Wells, Texas; one sister, Virginia Steward of Texarkana, Arkansas; his caregivers, Hank Staggs, Chalin Pillgreen, and Mary Hurst; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Turner will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Gravelly Cemetery with Chaplain Robert Ward officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A special thank you to Encompass hospice.

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

 

 

Mrs. Frances Willis

Mrs. Frances Louise Madewell Willis, age 77, resident of Haworth, Oklahoma and former resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at her home.

 

She was born to John Elmer and Wessie Marie Mooneyham Madewell on August 20, 1942 in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She also worked for Pilgrim’s Pride, formerly Mountaire Poultry, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and attending garage sales, but more than anything, Frances cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Leta Loneman Smith; two sons, Donald Loneman and John Haury; one brother, James Madewell; and one sister, Margie Payne.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Christopher Haury and Cecil Haury, both of De Queen, and James Haury and his wife Christy of Horatio; four daughters, Reta Loneman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Loneman of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Donna Loneman of Springdale, Arkansas and Evelyn Espindola and her husband Jaime of Haworth, Oklahoma; two special grandchildren, whom she raised as her own, Jennifer Haury and Braden Haury, both of Lockesburg; 29 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Pedro Robles of De Queen; one brother, Cecil Madewell of Dell City, Oklahoma; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Willis will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 20, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Friday, June 19th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the family ask for anyone who plans to attend the visitation or funeral service to please use a face mask or covering. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Martin Cervantes Rios

He was born November 11, 1964 in San Miguel, Mexico. He was a forklift operator at Jeremy Worthy Enterprise and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Rios was preceded in death by his parents, Esmondo Rios and Leonor Cervantes; his wife, Donna Lou Bond Rios; and a daughter, Martina Raeana Rios.

He is survived by his wife, Blanca Rios; three daughters, Leonor Rios, Gabriela Rios and Karina Lopez; four sons, Kerry Bond, Martin Rios, Eddie Lopez and Noe Lopez; one grandson, Greyson Bond, all of De Queen; and a number of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Rios will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in the Beacon Hill Cemetery pavilion with Alfredo Castro officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 15th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Arturo Luna

Arturo Luna, age 50, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Luna was born on December 16, 1969, in San Felipe, GTO, Mexico. He worked maintenance for Pilgrims, enjoyed karaoke, telling jokes, gardening, grilling, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Senaida Hernandez Luna.

Mr. Luna is survived by his wife, Graciela Luna; his father,  J. Conception Luna of De Queen, Arkansas; four children, Katie Elizet Luna, Berenice Luna, Gustaro Luna, and Arturo Luna, Jr. all of Horatio; six sisters and six brothers all of Mexico; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

Mrs. Maria Guadalupe Mendoza Rodriguez, age 69, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born to Jose Carmen and Maria Pilar Ledezma on November 10, 1950 in Weslaco, Texas. Maria worked at Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, starting in 1983, and recently taking retirement. She was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church and enjoyed shopping, cleaning her house, listening to music and flowers, especially white roses, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Alejandro Rai Avila; three brothers, Antonio Mendoza, Carmelo Ledezma, Jr., and Manuel Ledezma; and one brother-in-law, Roberto Rodriguez.

She leaves to cherish her memory, six children and their spouses, Sylvia and Rolando Garza of Harlingen, Texas, Cesar Rodriguez of De Queen, Hilda and Pablo Avila of De Queen, Diana and Benjamin Jacobo, Jr. of De Queen, Joe David and Nancy Rodriguez of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Antonia and Jaime Trinidad of De Queen; grandchildren, Aaron and Samuel Garza of Harlingen, Texas, Callie Miranda of De Queen, Kassandra, Tatiana and Angel Avila of De Queen, Dominique Jacobo-Brown of Lakewood, Washington, Monique, Matilda, Benjamin III, and Nathan Jacobo of De Queen, Chloe and Caden Rodriguez of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Isaak Trinidad of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, River Brown of Lakewood, Washington; her parents, Jose and Maria Ledezma; her children’s father, Zeferino Rodriguez of De Queen; her siblings and their spouses, Juana and Manuel Tagle, Cruz Rodriguez, Javier and Juanita Ledezma, Irma and Johnny Grimaldo, Carmen and Jose Garcia, Loudres and Mike Baker, and Jorge Ledezma; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

General viewing will be held from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Thursday, June 11, 2020 and 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during you time at the funeral home. A limit of 10 individuals will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home.

Flora Isabel Lundi

Flora Isabel Lundi, 92, of Newhope, AR, and formerly of Huntington, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Dierks Health & Rehab, Dierks, AR.

Isabel was born on May 17, 1928, in Greenfield, IN, to Jacob and Ethel (Carrie) Loehr.  Her parents preceded her in death.  She married Jess Lundi on January 21, 1985.  He preceded her in death on February 23, 2009.

Mrs. Lundi was a 1936 graduate of Knights Town High School.  She was a waitress for 40 years at Penguin Point in Huntington and Florida and also at Don’s Truck Stop.   She was a member of the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Arkansas.

Isabel is survived by two sons, Dennis (Peggy) Morgan, Ross (Suzi) Morgan, both of Roanoke, IN; one daughter, Julie (Randal) Ware, Newhope, AR; 20 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Along with her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four sons, David Morgan, Phillip Morgan, Curtis Morgan; McKenzie Morgan; and four siblings.

A Memorial Service will be announced and held in August.

A private burial will be in Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN.

McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences:   www.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com

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

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

 

Mr. Dwane Leslie Baughn

Mr. Dwane Leslie Baughn of Valiant, Ok. died at his home on May 29, 2020. He was born Aug 13, 1958 in Newton , KS to Roy L. and Virginia Jackson Baughn.

The Family moved to Arkansas in 1972 where he attended Horatio School; He was a member of Horatio Church of Christ. Later he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he pursued a career as a master diesel mechanic.

Dwane was preceded in death by his father, maternal & paternal grandparents, and his wife Carolyn Farwater Baughtn.

He is survived by his mother, two daughters, Stepheny Baughn of Nashville, AR, Corey Zimmerman & husband Mike of Green Forest, AR, one son, Roy D. Baughn of E. Peoria, IL, three sisters, Jan Holmes and husband Howard of Benton, AR, Lisa Johnson and husband Archie of De Queen, AR., Belinda Moore and husband Terry of Broken Bow, OK., six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of his mother, Virginia Baughn, in Horatio.

 

 

Alberta Garcia Martinez

Mrs. Alberta Garcia Martinez, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 18, 1959, in Tampico, Mexico. She was retired.

Mrs. Garcia was preceded in death by her mother, Ladislada Martinez.

She is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Cynthia Garcia Knight and Steven Ray Knight, Jr., Graciela Garcia, and Gabriela Garcia all of De Queen; one son, Mario Garcia, Jr. of De Queen; five grandchildren, Rachel Knight, Michelle Knight, Brandon Steven Knight, Anthony Garcia, and Trinidad Abrego Garcia; four brothers, Daniel Garcia, Mario Garcia, Elias Garcia, and Francisco Garcia all of Mexico; three sisters, Guillevalda Garcia and Cristinia Garcia of De Queen, and Aurelia Garcia of Mexico; and her father, Vidal Garcia of Mexico.

A private funeral Mass for Mrs. Garcia will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Cremation to follow.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

L. D. Cox

Mr. L.D. Cox, age 90, of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 11, 1930, in De Queen. He was a master diesel mechanic, master certified welder, enjoyed fishing and gardening, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his parents, D.D. and Lela Armer Cox; his wife, Elizabeth Cross Cox; one brother, Odell H. Cox.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law,  Leslie Cox and Shelia Lamb and Travis and Carla Cox; one daughter and son-in-law, Gaylene and Paul McClendon all of De Queen; four grandsons, Scotty (Jaime) McClendon, Sam McClendon both of De Queen, Cody (Nicole) Cox of Texarkana, Texas, and Josh Lamb of Wasilla, Alaska; four granddaughters, Shyanne (Justin) Black of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Stacey (Tony) Gillespie, Stephanie (Steve) Jones both of Ashdown, Arkansas, and Courtney Lamb of Boyd, Texas; one sister-in-law, Edith Cox;11 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Manor, 950 Homestead, Ashdown, Arkansas 71822.

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

 

 

Kevin Dale Black, Jr.

Kevin Black, age 37, of Maud, Texas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
 
He was born on August 9, 1982, in Wichita, Kansas.  He loved working as a maintenance technician, fishing, and his music.  He was a committed fan of the Jayhawks, Royals, and Chiefs.
 
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
He is survived by his wife, Rebekah Davis Black, of Maud, Texas; four daughters, Jayden, Hannah, and Cloë Black, of Mulberry, AR, Jordan Black, of Andover, KS; one son, Skyler Zielke, of Andover, KS; his mother, Tina Davis and her husband Dave Davis; his father, Kevin Dale Black, Sr.; one brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jessica Black; one sister and brother-in-law Megan and Cody Phelan, all of Hackett, AR; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
 
Viewing will be at McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood, Arkansas on Friday, June 5, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  A memorial service will follow at 11:30 at Bell Park Pavillion in Greenwood with Bro. Todd Reed, FBC Redwater, TX, officiating.

 

 

Joyce Louise Allen Smith

Mrs. Joyce Louise Allen Smith, age 92, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born April 23, 1928, in Sevier County, Arkansas. She had a master’s degree from Henderson State University. She taught in De Queen and Sevier County for over 45 years and was a freshman English professor at Henderson State University. She enjoyed camping, playing games, bowling and reading. She was a member of First United Methodist and Tri-Lakes Good Sam’s Club.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lee Allen, Sr. and Tompie Willmon Allen; her husband of 61 years, Roy Wayne Smith; two brothers, Walter Allen, Jr. and Marlin Allen.

She is survived by two sons; Rodney (Rhoda) Smith of De Queen; and Greg (Denise) Smith of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three sisters, Marolyn and Wendell Needham of De Queen, Carolyn Cowling of Springdale, and Floy Smith of De Queen; four sisters-in-law; Barbara Allen of Frisco, Texas, Jane Smith, Judy Smith and Myrtle Sims all of De Queen; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020, at W. L. Allen Family Cemetery with Bro Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Mr. Jeff Miller

Mr. Jeffery Alan Miller, affectionately known as Jeff, age 51, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Portland, Texas.

Jeff was born to Ray and Pat Miller on July 14, 1968 in South Bend, Indiana. He was a 1986 graduate of White Pigeon High School in Michigan and faithfully served his country with the United States Army, reaching rank of E4. Jeff was honorably discharged on September 16, 1991 as a Veteran of War. He married the love of his life, Terri Dowdy, on July 4, 1992, and to this union, two children were born. Jeff, Terri and their family are members of De Queen First Assembly of God where he was a former Deacon. Jeff was the Co-Owner and operator of Dowdy Miller Incorporated and was a certified inspector, working for 3B Inspection Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Linda Dowdy; and one sister, Janice Stout.

Jeff leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of almost 28 years, Terri Miller of De Queen; one son, Marcus Miller of De Queen and his fiancé, Brooke Rose, of Fort Smith; one daughter, Mariah Miller of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Heather Miller of White Pigeon, Michigan; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Julie and Jason Wells of Waterford, Michigan and Linette and Todd Glancy of Fairmont, Indiana; father-in-law, Tom Dowdy of Athens, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Tina Smith and husband Floyd of Praire Grove, Arkansas and Trina Neal of De Queen; two brothers-in-law, Tommy Dowdy and wife Kim of Wickes, Arkansas and Troy Dowdy and wife Robin of Athens, Arkansas; as well as, nieces and nephews, some of which he was a father-figure to, other relatives and a host of friends.

Jeff loved the Lord, his family and movies. He was a huge fan of ‘80s hair bands and was a great story teller. He loved playing board games with his family and was an avid fan of Notre Dame, Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys football. Jeff was always sure to live life to the fullest.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jeff Miller will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 4, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering is recommended during the time of visitation and funeral service. Please refrain from touching or hugging the family and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home.

 

 

Mrs. Shirley Fitzhugh

Mrs. Shirley Sue Fitzhugh, age 82, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, May 29, 2020 at her home.

She was born Shirley Sue Jackson to the late Isaac and Ruth L. Jackson on December 16, 1937 in Horatio, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Joseph Henry Fitzhugh on August 1, 1956 in Hugo, Oklahoma, and to this union, one son was born. She was a fifth grade school teacher and enjoyed fishing and spending time at the casino, but most of all, Shirley cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 56 years, Joseph Fitzhugh; and one sister, Relda Shrouder.

She is survived by one son, Joseph Lynn Fitzhugh of Horatio; grandchildren, Whitney, Taylor and Andrew; two brothers, Richard Jackson and Jim Jackson, both of Horatio; one sister, Vinita Ann Sanders; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Shirley Fitzhugh will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Campground Cemetery, Winthrop, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Michael Thibodeau

Mr. Michael A. Thibodeau, age 73, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Firmance and Jacqueline Forand Thibodeau on May 13, 1947 in Barton, Vermont. Michael faithfully served his county with the Unites States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a farmer, raising livestock and operated commercial poultry houses for many years. Michael was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed fishing and watching John Wayne movies, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Tracy DeSaulniers of Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rachel Thibodeau of Utah; four grandchildren, Taylor, Cael, Jonah and Luke; beloved children from a former marriage, Paul Leal and wife Shannah and Holly Boonstra and husband Matthew; his sisters and brothers, Jeanne Pelletier and husband Claude, Claire Reed and husband Ernie, Paul Thibodeau and wife Deloris, Lucie Dubuc and Peter Thibodeau; his dearly loved best friend, Donald (Virginia) MacGregor; as well as, nieces, nephews and a host of other friends.

Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Ada Majorie Harris Johnson

Mrs. Ada Majorie Harris Johnson, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed peacefully from this earth Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home.

She was born April 5, 1932, in Smithfield, North Carolina. She was a retired educator and enjoyed sewing. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Grace Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Thomas Kennedy Johnson, Sr. of 61 years; her father, Thomas Harris; her mother and step father, Elizabeth and Robert Ellington; and a sister, Shirley Taylor.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas K. Johnson, Jr., Susan Johnson, Rev. Timothy and Carrey Johnson, and Archie and Lisa Johnson all of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Gene Johnson and Crystal Johnson of California, Timothy “Gerry” Johnson, Tony Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Ashlie Johnson Ortega, and Stepheny Baughn; 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and two nieces, one nephew, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2020, at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Johnson and Rev. Dave Seifert officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31st at the funeral home.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to Beams Bibles, P.O. Box 10200, Gulfport, Mississippi, 39505.

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

 

 

Delmon Lisenby

Delmon Lisenby, 71, of Foreman, AR passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at his home. He was born December 28, 1948 to the late Albert and Valentine (Rogers) Lisenby. Mr. Lisenby was retired from Domtar Paper Mill. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Lisenby, of Foreman, one daughter and son-in-law, Roslyn and Denny Turner of El Dorado, AR, two special nieces, Sherry Phillips and Cheryl Kennedy and one special nephew, James Wright.

A come and go visitation will be Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Madden Funeral Home Chapel in Foreman, AR from 5:00 – 7:00. A graveside service will be Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 at Strawn Cemetery in Foreman.

 

 

Ursulo Perez Munos

Ursulo Perez Munos, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in De Queen.

He was born October 21, 1948, in Pegueros Jalisco, Mexico to Luis Perez and Rafaela Munos.

He is survived by his wife, Ester Gutierrez; and eight sons, Clementina, Selina, Abel, Eduardo, Arturo, Irma, Elida and Yasmin.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Perez Munos were held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mexico.

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

 

 

Walter Lee Jewell

Walter Lee Jewell, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born February 17, 1940, in Vandervoort, Arkansas. He was a Baptist, and a logger.

Mr. Jewell was preceded in death by his parents; Clarence Jewell and Sarah Allen Jewell; two sons, Stanley Jewell and James Deane Gage.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; Delena Jewell; one son, Stacey Jewell of Gillham; one step-daughter, Carla Helland of Elma, Washington; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marie Ashcraft, and May Smith and husband Greg all of Cove, three brothers and sisters-in-law, John Edward Jewell and wife Linda of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Gerald Jewell and wife Carolyn and Robert Jewell and wife Charlene all of Cove; two daughters-in-law, Becky Gage, and Nancy Jewell; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

 

Edwin P. Torman

Edwin P. Torman, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born November 29, 1950, in Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was the Pastor at De Queen Emmanuel New Hope Church and a former principal in the public school system in the Marshall Islands.

He is survived by his wife; Lucy Torman; one daughter, Cathleen Torman; four sons, Richard, Gerpert, and Ghomas Torman and Marclino Cabble; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Torman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkasnas.

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

 

 

Mr. Jose Camarillo

Mr. Jose Luz Camarillo, age 89, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

He was born to Genaro Camarillo and Ignacia Perez Camarillo on May 20, 1931 in San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was a farmer and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed singing, watching western movies and he loved planting anything he could, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ignacio Camarillo; three brothers, Carmen, Ramon and Manuel Camarillo; and one sister, Elena Camarillo.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 50 years, Tomasa Luna Camarillo of De Queen; eight sons, Justo Camarillo, Victor Hugo Camarillo, Miguel Angel Camarillo, Ruben Dario Camarillo and Marco Antonio Camarillo, all of De Queen, Alejandro “Alex” Camarillo of Atlanta, Georgia, Genaro “Gino” Camarillo of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Juan Manuel Camarillo of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; two daughters, Diana Elena Camarillo of Little Rock, Arkansas and Violeta Camarillo of Conway, Arkansas; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Juan Camarillo of Mexico; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center of St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to midnight, tonight, May 25th, at the Pastoral Center with Rosary will beginning at 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask will be required during Rosary and Mass. Please refrain from touching or hugging one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while at the church and cemetery.

 

 

Mr. Victor Smith, Sr.

Mr. Victor James Smith, Sr., age 86, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

 

He was born July 2, 1933, the youngest of two daughters and two sons, to Earl Grady and Erma Louise DeKetelaere Smith in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was a graduate of New Haven High School in New Haven, Michigan and worked as a supervisor for General Motors and Douglas Aircraft, retiring from Weyerhaeuser with more than 20 years of service. He married the love of his life, Betty Joyce Pence, on June 13, 1955 in Royal, Indiana. To this union, two sons and one daughter were born. Victor attended the Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, and volunteering with the local AARP chapter, serving as President. He was also a former member of a VFW Post in Michigan. More than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of over 55 years, Betty Joyce Smith.

Victor leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Vic and Paula Smith of De Queen and Rob and Tommi Smith, also of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Venee and Terry Hetrick of Arroyo Grande, California; six grandchildren, Brentley Smith, Eric Smith and wife Brandi, Kaytlon Everitt and husband Bradley, Victor Hetrick and wife Tiffani, William Hetrick and wife Shonna, and Beth Wishard and husband Greg; six great-grandchildren, Madison Bagley, Codi Carroll, McKayla Clark, Roger Hetrick, Ryan Hetrick and Shiloh Smith; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Lina Jean Wilson

Lina Jean Wilson, age 85, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born February 25, 1935, in Arden, Arkansas. She was a retired seamstress.

Ms. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ora Wright Wilson; an infant daughter, Paulette Elaine Dinning; and one sister, Jackie Ruth Cody.

She is survived by two daughters, Edwina Lynch of Flower Mound, Texas and Beverly Burns of Winnsboro, Texas; one sister Karen Lisenby of Crossroads, Arkansas; one brother, Harry Wilson, Jr. of Arden, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Randy Duck, Sarah Lynch, Alicia Fields, and Kevin Reynolds; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

 

Terry Don Dryden

Terry Don Dryden, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born May 29, 1957, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was a truck driver for most of his life and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jami and Justin Graham of Ada, Oklahoma; his parents, Billy Al and Jo Ann McKinzie Dryden of Rush Springs, Oklahoma; one brother, Ronnie Dryden of Rush Springs; two grandchildren, Hagen and Kadi Graham; his girlfriend of 12 years, Patsy Downing of Lockesburg; two step daughters, Missy (Tiffany) Downing and Sandy (Eric) Tutt; and four step grandchildren.

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

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

 

 

Roger Glenn Kirk

Roger Glenn Kirk passed into great natural peace on the 26th of March, 2020. He was born on the 31st of August, 1950, into the loving arms of his mother and father, Barbara Jean (Ward) Kirk, and Roger Bruce Kirk, in De Queen, AR. Preceding him in death, he reunites with his youngest brother Bobbie Gene Kirk, his grandson, Brandon Michael Pollard, and some of his dearest lifelong friends. He is survived by his brother, Ward Bruce Kirk, his daughters Amber Joy Pollard and Marie-Estaine a.k.a. Ivory Root, and his son, Dylan Wayne Zevon Kirk. He is also deeply mourned by his five grandchildren, his niece and nephew, and many dear cousins.
 
Roger grew up as the eldest of three sons in Southwest Arkansas and Central Oklahoma. He studied mathematics at Cameron State College in Lawton, OK, before transferring to Southwestern OKSU in Weatherford, OK. His father served as a Naval Sr. Chief Boatswain’s Mate, which took the young family to several destinations, the most indelible of which was the Caribbean island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The name of the island, quite aptly to those who knew him well, means “free.”  His formative years on the island and in the Piney Woods region of Arkansas instilled a pursuit of adventure, a love of wildlife, and an intimate relationship with Mother Nature.
 
A poet and singer/songwriter, Roger lived to entertain. He was a talented blues harmonica player who loved performing live on stage, or among friends around a fire.  He carried several harps with him at all times. Music and writing were to him spiritual experiences that he imparted on his children. Wildly imaginative and filled with wonderment, he reminded adults of the importance of play. In the 70’s Roger was a founder of The Rearviews, a fraternity of close friends across the country, who celebrated annually to play music and discourse on the social injustice of the times. They permitted the initiation of wives, girlfriends, and children.
Many knew him adoringly as Snakeskin Rearview.
 
As owner of a masonry business, he worked for many years as a self-styled “rock artist.” He designed and built custom installations that were both sound and finessed. His chosen profession was a natural extension of his mild obsession for discovering Native American artifacts, flint arrowheads in particular. Roger took great pride in his Cherokee ancestry. The children in his life were subjected to spontaneous and often lengthy excavations in search of “buried treasures.” He reacted to uncovering a piece of knapped flint with contagious enthusiasm, teaching the utility of such ancient tools to the youth. Roger unearthed several pristine Clovis spear points which he donated to museum collections. Friends and loved ones came to expect an arrowhead for Christmas.
 
His zeal, love of children, and eccentricities will be deeply missed. His ashes will join the waters of his beloved Cossatot River, and interned beside his grandparents in Horatio, Ar.  Services will be held June 13th at the Horatio Cemetery at 10 AM, and also 3 PM that afternoon at Cossatot State Park, sandbar camping area.

 

 

Dr. Edward Dean Revels

Dr. Edward Dean Revels, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, May 18, 2020, at his home.

He was born September 12, 1933, in Sardis Community in Arkansas. He was a graduate of Lockesburg High School and then from Loyola Dental School in New Orleans in 1960. In August of 1960 he established Edward D. Revels, DDS in De Queen and practiced dentistry for 59 years and 10 months. Dr. Revels was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen and enjoyed farming, ranching, and working in his garden. Many people benefited from his love of gardening. He loved his family and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Dr. Revels was preceded in death by his parents, John Edgar and Madge Christian Revels; one son, Paul Revels; one brother, Richard Revels; and two sisters, Ruth Hudgins and Beatrice Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Hall Revels; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Maribeth Revels; two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan Fitzsimmons and Dee Ann and Ronnie Toye all of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonnie and Charlene Revels and Bob and Mary Revels all of Texas; six grandchildren, Sarah Morphew, Kaylen Lewis, Blake Toye, Randee Toye, Christian Jennings, Robby Fitzsimmons; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Revels will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Lockesburg Cemetery with Bobby Fischer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Krista Denise Lambert Ward

Mrs. Krista Denise Lambert Ward, Age 57, resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Hot Springs.

Krista was the daughter of Dennis and Nancy Forrest Lambert, born on March 20, 1963. She was a 1981 Graduate of Gillham High School, in Gillham, Arkansas where she met the love of her life, Bill Ward. They married June 20, 1980, and had two beautiful children, Brandon and Kandice Ward.

Krista developed a love for Insurance and worked for Farm Bureau and State Farm in De Queen, Arkansas. Her real passion was caring for others and had the opportunity to move to Hot Springs and work at the Caring Place where she made a difference is the lives of elderly. She established her own Private Care business called Care Companions in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She went over and above for her clients making sure they felt beautiful and loved. She was a Christian and loved the Lord and shared her testimonies when she saw someone struggling with Faith.

Krista had a passion for cooking. If you asked her for the recipe, she would tell you the first ingredient was as much love as you can put in it. If you didn’t do that, it just wasn’t going to taste right.

She went over and above sharing love with others, people she knew and perfect strangers. She kept umbrellas in her car to give someone on a rainy day, a purse full of candy to share if she was waiting in line, would pay for someone’s groceries if they looked in need. Her goal was to make someone smile daily.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis and Nancy Lambert and her half sister Rose Busby and niece Sherri Busby.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Bill Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her children Brandon and Kandice Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her Niece’s,  Lela Chapman and  Dennise Burgess and  nephew Mitch Wade. The absolute loves of her life and her grandchildren, Bailey Ward of De Queen, Arkansas and Payzlee Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her best friend she called sister, Debi Lee of De Queen, Arkansas, family members and to many dear friends to count.

A memorial service for Krista will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2020 at De Queen Lake Overlook with Steven Chenoweth officiating. A come and go visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21st at the funeral home in De Queen. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

James Thomas Lisenby

Mr. James Thomas Lisenby was born January 16th, 1933 near the King Ryder Community in Little River County, Arkansas, to Joe Whitney and Ona Mae Smith Lisenby.  James passed from this life on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Ashdown, Ar. Mr. Lisenby was preceded in death by his wife Betty Rose Bush Lisenby, his mother and father, three siblings and one grandchild.

James T served his country in the Army from 1951 until 1955. He married the love of his life, Betty Rose Bush Lisenby on his 21st birthday, January 16, 1954. Together they raise a beautiful family of four children.

James T was retired from Foreman Cement, a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Survivors include; one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Pam Lisenby of Crossroads; three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Kerry Pinkham of New Boston, Texas, ReNeé and Stephen Boeckman of Okolona, Ark., and Elizabeth and Jason Brinkley of Texarkana, TX; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Campground Cemetery with James McRae officiating. Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Online registration is at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

General viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House (https://www.rmhcarkansas.org/) or Campground Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 308, Winthrop, AR 71866 in his memory.  Flowers will fade but a gift of charity will be everlasting.

 

 

Sammy J. White

Sammy J. White, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 29, 1942 in Horatio.  He was a retired computer analyst at Red River Army Depot, a member of Stateline Baptist Church and attended Church in the Wildwood.  He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War and loved woodworking and gardening.

Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Eva (Stone) White; a brother, Jerry White; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alfus and Myrtle Frady.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Brenda Frady White; sister-in-law, Peggy and husband Bill Milam of Cerrogordo; three brothers-in-law; Buck  and wife Clara Frady of Glenwood, Jimmy and wife Mary Frady and Dale and wife Lisa Frady both of Winthrop; a number of nieces and nephews and his Yorkie, Chloe and cat, Gabby.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. White will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Cerrogordo Cemetery with John and Mary Overturf officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17th at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends after the service at the Cerrogordo Cemetery pavilion.

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

 

 Gail Conlon Walker

Mrs. Gail Catherine Conlon Walker, age 85, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in the Little River Nursing and Rehab, Ashdown.

Gail was one of three children born to Joseph and Catherine Pilger Conlon on October 15, 1934 in Astoria, New York. She was a graduate of Bayside High School in Bayside, New York and worked as an administrative assistant to the head of advertising at Champion Papers in Manhattan before meeting the love of her life, Marion Elmer “Mike” Walker. Gail and Mike were joined in marriage on January 12, 1980 in Hampton Bays, New York. Gail was a faithful member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and served with the St. Barbara Altar Society. She spent many years with the Hospital Auxiliary volunteering at the De Queen Medical Center. Gail enjoyed her time with her dogs, Princess, Gracie, Suzie and Jingles, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her family, church family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 30 years, Mike Walker; and one sister, Patricia Kearns.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one sister, Carol Zaleski and husband Ed of Roanoke, Virginia; a step-son, Robert M. Walker and wife Peggy of York, South Carolina; nieces, Jennifer Kelly of Cortland Manor, New York and Floy Jean Driscoll of New Jersey; nephews, Shaun Brookhouse of Manchester, England and Kevin Kearn of Long Island, New York; special friends, Patty Sharp, Phyllis Bradley and Debbie Ernest; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 23, 2020 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Public graveside services will follow at 3:00 P.M., at Redmen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., with reciting of Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 22nd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to St. Barbara Catholic Church in Mrs. Gail Walker’s memory.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the nurses and staff of Little River Nursing and Rehab, as well as, Hospice of Texarkana. Your love and kindness shown to Mrs. Gail has not gone unnoticed.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask and gloves is recommended during the time of visitation. Please refrain from hugging or touching one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while in the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

Brenda Sue Ridge Hightower

Brenda Sue Ridge Hightower, 68, of Redwater, Texas, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital with her children by her side.

Mrs. Hightower was born August 26, 1951, in Foreman, Ark., to Zenas and Nancy Langley. She was retired from Red River Army Depot DLA and was a member of Redwater United Methodist Church where she served as a Lay Minister, Sunday School teacher, Church Secretary and Jesus and Me coordinator. She was also a former member of Winthrop Baptist Church, Winthrop, Ark., where she taught Sunday School and was the Kindergarten instructor for the church’s academy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Dee” Hightower in 2017 and her former husband, Ron Ridge in 2002.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Sheila Ridge of Foreman and Clayton and Tara Ridge of Maud; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Gary Morrow of Redwater and Alicia and James Knox of Chandler, AZ.; one brother, Billy Weathers of Nixa, Mo.; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marsha and Billy Nicholas and Sherry and Paul Cooper of Foreman and Nelda Wilbur and Jerry Roberts of Texarkana; three granddaughters and one grandson-in-law, Winter and Brandon Mireles and Brooke Morrow of Redwater and Presley Ridge of Foreman; four grandsons, Robert Morrow of Texarkana, Bryce Ridge of Maud and Nathan Knox and Caleb Knox of Chandler; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, in Gravelly Cemetery, Foreman, with the Revs. Audie Dawson, Orville Farren and Mindy Zwirn officiating. Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

A come-and-go viewing will be on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”—3 John 1:4

 

Clora Elizabeth Hankins Holland

Ms. Clora Elizabeth Hankins Holland, age 76, a resident of St. Johns, Florida and a former resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

She was born July 25, 1943 in De Queen, Arkansas.  She was a retired teacher and a member of the Gillham Baptist Church.

Ms. Holland was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Nellie Carpenter Hankins; one sister, Maudie Hankins, and her former husband, Jack Holland.

She is survived by her daughter, Terresa Holland Cox; two grandsons, Steven Cox and Trevor Cox; her sister, Judy Hankins Kelly; two nephews, Peter (John) Kelly and Jason Kelly; one niece, Athena Kelly Welch formerly of De Queen, Arkansas and a number of grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Holland will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Valley Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Hill officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 15th at the funeral home.

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

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

Evelyn Fern Head Bell

Mrs. Evelyn Fern Head Bell, age 78, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Mena Regional Medical Center in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born May 21, 1941 in Arizona.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, bowling and making dolls.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, C.L. and Maddie Head; one daughter, Terri Lynn Fariless; one son, Richard James Bell; two brothers, John Lee Head and Clifford Head; one sister, Opal Scott; and two grandsons, Ray Carl Bell and Richard Lee Bell.

She is survived by one daughter, Ronda Boerner; two sons, Troy Bell and Darryl Bell all of Gillham; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bell will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Valley Cemetery in Gillham with Cole Lancaster officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 11th at the funeral home.

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

Jesse Gene Trusley

Jesse Gene Trusley, age 36, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, May 7, 2020, at his home.

He was born November 15, 1983, in De Queen. He attended Old Union Missionary Baptist Church. Jesse had a heart of gold. He would have done anything for anyone. He would have given his shirt off his back for anyone. He was always smiling. He will be missed by everyone dearly. God rest your soul Jesse Gene, fly high.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Gene and Deborah Lavelle Roberts Trusley.

He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Trusley, Regina Lavelle Trusley and Angela Renee Gonzalez all of De Queen; two aunts, Darla Lanicek and Diane Sims; four uncles, Larry Martz, Mark Sims, Jim Trusley, and Gene Lanicek; one nephew, Amado Gallardo, Jr.; one niece, Shayla Renee Quintana; and six cousins, Jamie Lee Roberts, Clifton Lee Roberts, Travis Ray Martz, Joseph Martz, Fernando Quintana, and Jody Roberts.

Graveside services for Mr. Trusley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2020, at McHorse Cemetery with Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Ward

Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Ward, age 78, of Rocky Face, GA, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Cherokee Health and Rehab.

Mr. Ward was born April 14, 1942, in Dierks, Arkansas, son of the late Clifford Leander and Dora Lovell Worley Ward. He was Baptist by faith, and prior to his retirement, owned and operated Charles Ward Logging Company. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Rosalyn Ward; brother, Ernest Lee Ward; sister, Patricia Kelly; and a grandson, Scott Ward.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Ward; sons, Dawayne Ward and Casey McClure; daughters, Lavelle Shaw, Margaret Ward, LeAnn Butler, and Mindy Neighbors; brothers, Clyde Ward, Thomas Ward, Clifton Ward, Earl Ward, and James Ward; sisters, Louise George and Linda Hulsey; grandchildren, Gina Ward, Lee Ward, Desaray Ward, Justin Ward, Kelsy Anderson, Nathan Ward, Clayton McClure, Cayden McClure, Mackenzie McClure, Joni Richardson, David Shaw, Johnny Shaw, Edward Tudor, Cody Cotner, Megan Chastain, Tyler Chastain, Tucker Chastain, Zachary Neighbors, Adam Neighbors, and Lexi Neighbors; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Due to the current health concerns for our community, visitation and funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held privately for the immediate family only. Interment will also be held privately at Fisher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Ray Teems will officiate. Active pallbearers will be Cody Cotner, Danny Cotner, Seth Atkins, Jason Teems, Andy Hughes, and Christopher Atkins.

 

 

Billy Jake Williams

Mr. Billy Jake Williams, age 82, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 7, 2020. He passed peacefully from this life at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Williams was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 17, 1937, to Lee Francis and Ada Ethel (Taylor) Williams. On July 18, 1960, Billy Jake married the love of his life, Dora Mae. They were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

During his life, Billy Jake served his country proudly with the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge on April 28, 1959. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Mountaire Corporation in DeQueen, Arkansas, and delivered propane for McCurtain County Propane Company, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, for over 32 years. He retired in 1998.

Billy Jake was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Mae Williams; his parents; his brother, Vess Williams; and his sister, Francis June Paul.

Mr. Williams is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nancy Williams of Anna, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Frankie Wright of Broken Bow, Teresa and Mike Davis of Eagletown, and Linda and Danny Ridenour of Broken Bow; nine grandchildren, Sara and Rob Spence, Jared Wright, Maegan and Josh Loux, Karanda Davis, Johnny Williams, Derek and Katie Davis, Joshua Ridenour, Bethany and Nate Sheeley, Matthew and LaDonna Williams, and Monica Williams.

Graveside services for Mr. Williams will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Eagletown Cemetery with Bro. Melvin Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Eagletown Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home of DeQueen.

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

 

 

Ida Mae Burnett Cox

Ida Mae Burnett Cox, age 91, a resident of Gentry, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at her home.

She was born April 14, 1929, in Boley, Oklahoma. She was a retired teachers aid from the Locksburg School System after 18 years and a member of Falling Springs Church in Decatur, Arkansas. She enjoyed watching the birds, working puzzles, and reading her Bible.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Lena Leoti Humpreys Burnett; her husband, Cleatis Cox; four brothers; and one great grandson.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Leoti Cox and Cathy and Scott Cox all of Gentry; five granddaughters, Krystin Cox, Caitlin Cox, Brittany Koehler, Amanda Hittson, and Caley Evans; 12 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at McHorse Cemetery with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

 

John Lee Churchwell

Mr. John Lee Churchwell, age 67, resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at his home, with his family by his side.

John was born to John William and Mattie Lee Brewer Churchwell on February 14, 1953 in Abilene, Texas. John faithfully served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He married the love of his life, Lucretia Jean Dixon, on August 23, 1978 in Eagletown. John worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Jimmy Tucker and was a former member of Almond Church. He enjoyed wood working, riding motorcycles and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin daughters and a sister.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 41 years, Lucretia Churchwell of Eagletown; four sons, Michael Churchwell, Jessy Churchwell and wife Johna of Daisy, Scott Anthony Churchwell and wife Allison of Maud, Texas, and Shawn Lee Churchwell and wife Ashley of Eagletown; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, David William Churchwell and wife Suzanne of Eagletown; two sisters, Joan Williamson of De Queen and Rhonda Smith and husband Justin of Texarkana; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mr. John Churchwell will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation to follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask and gloves is recommended during the time of visitation. Please refrain from hugging or touching one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while in the funeral home. Hand Sanitizer will be available.

 

 

Mr. Jason Candelaria

Mr. Jason Daniel Candelaria, age 47, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Monday, April 27, 2020 at his home.

He was born on July 29, 1972 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked as a Sales Clerk at the EZ Mart in De Queen. He enjoyed playing Pool and was a member of a playing club in New Mexico. Jason also cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Lukus Shane Candelaria and his maternal grandmother, Pearlie Mae Hern.

Jason leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Linda Sue Candelaria of De Queen; his maternal grandfather, Calvin Hern of De Queen; one uncle, Billy Ray Hern and his wife Janie Sue Hern of New Mexico; cousins, Renee Michelle Hern-Lovato, her daughter Courtney Mae Hern-Payne and husband Logan Payne, Richard Michael Hern and his wife Jessica A. Kaiser-Hern and their children: Hugo and Vera Hern, Amy Louise Hern-Law and her husband Tony Law and their children: Emily and Maisie Law, all of New Mexico; as well as, other aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Graveside Memorial Services for Mr. Jason Candelaria will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery with Pastor Bobby Fischer officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Clifford Wayne Day

Mr. Clifford Wayne Day, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, May 4, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born October 22, 1957, in De Queen. He worked in construction and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Day; his grandparents, Clifford and Polly Day and Bob and Rosa Hunter; one sister, Donna Day; and one nephew, Andrew Day.

He is survived by one daughter, Amy Day Heckermann of Chicago, Illinois; his mother, Bobbie Hunter Day; two brothers, Tracy Day and Robert Michael Day all of De Queen; four grandchildren; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Day will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Ben Lomond Cemetery with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, at the funeral home.

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

 

Dustin Dale Cano

Dustin Dale Cano, age 29, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, May 2 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born June 28, 1990 in Clinton, Oklahoma. He worked for Texarkana Fence and Security, loved fishing, watching football and country music.

Dustin was preceded in death by his mother Florence Dela Rosa; his grandmother, Julie Brown; and his great-grandmother, Florence Rangel.

He is survived by two sons, Dustin Ray Cano and Parker Munn, and Austin; two daughters, Rylee Cano and Braylee Cano; two sisters, Desiree Dela Rosa and Lacey Dela Rosa; one aunt and uncle, Linda and Omar Montoya; two nieces and two nephews.

General viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. Cremation will follow.

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

 

Raymond Morris

Mr. Raymond Chester Morris, age 83, resident of the Chapel Hill Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family.

Raymond was one of three children born to Chester Carl and Nettie Mae Ruth Morris on November 10, 1936 in Gillham, Arkansas. He married the love of his life, Wilma Dean Shepherd, on December 17, 1955 in De Queen, and to this union, two sons and three daughters were born. Raymond worked as a mechanic for Weyerhaeuser Company and later D&E TO&E Railroad, retiring in 1991 after almost 30 years of service. Raymond was a faithful member of the De Queen Church of Christ and was very active with the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association, Sevier County Cattleman’s Association, former member of Sevier County Sheriff’s Riding Posse, as well as, enjoyed the time spent leading the children of the Sevier County 4-H. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Raymond never met a stranger and would sit and visit at every chance. During his time with the Cattleman’s Association, Raymond sold over 500 new memberships and received several “Top Hand” awards along with numerous other awards.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jeremy Frachiseur; one daughter-in-law, Paula Morris; his brother, Jim Morris and his sister, Margie Fisk.

Raymond leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 64 years, Wilma Morris of De Queen; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Randy Frachiseur of De Queen, Brenda and William Hill of Ashdown and Debbie Seymour of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Ginger Morris of Horatio and Ronald and Kim Morris of De Queen; eleven grandchildren, Kevin and wife Amanda, Brandon, Natasha, Autumn, Gracie, Aaron, Amber, Miranda and husband Kody, Brennen, Aubrey and Jake; a granddaughter-in-law, Katrina Frachiseur; sixteen great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Raymond Morris will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general until 6:00 P.M., Friday, May 1, 2020, and from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

William Michael “Mike” Carter

Mr. William Michael “Mike” Carter, age 66, a resident of Burg, Arkansas died Monday, April 27, 2020, in Hot Springs.

He was born February 5, 1954, to Jim and Edna Lafay Greene Carter. He was a mechanic, retired from Weyerhaeuser, and a member of the Athens Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pamela Diane Simmons Carter; and two brothers, Randy Bolt and Richard Bolt.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Sara Carter of Burg, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Haley Carter and Baylee Carter; two sisters, Laverne Addington of De Queen, Arkansas and  Lavada Munoz of Massachusetts; two special cousins, Mike Logan and Sonny Simmons; one special aunt, Pat Logan of Mena, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Carter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Burg Cemetery with Terry Martin and Mike Moore officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Mr. James Ruth

Mr. James A. Ruth, age 87, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his family’s farm near De Queen.

James was the eleventh of twelve children born to Isaah Francis and Beulah Burris Ruth on March 12, 1933 in De Queen. James was a logger, working for Willis Brothers Logging, and was a farmer. He married the love of his life, Bobbie Jean Gentry, on June 16, 1955 in De Queen and to this union, four children were born. James was a member of Rose Hill Gospel Mission and enjoyed farming, logging and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 64 years, Bobbie Jean Ruth; six brothers, Clarence, Albert, Elvin (Pete), Lee, Henry and Ernest; and five sisters, Elizabeth, Opal, Mae, Velma and Marie.

James leaves to cherish his memory, four children and their spouses, Judy and Billy Don Weeks, Sr. of De Queen, Barbara and Gene Lile of Hatfield, Evelyn and Russell Yandell of De Queen and Richard and Joan Ruth also of De Queen; fifteen grandchildren, Billy Don, Jr., Wynona, Jonathan, Wynita, LaJeanna, Daniella, Brandon, Aaron, Amanda, James (J. Bo), Sherra, Sandra, Shavonna, Travis and Carrie; thirty-four great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. James Ruth will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bros. Billy Don Weeks, Sr., Billy Don Weeks, Jr. and Brandon Burt officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Laurie Deanna Broach

Laurie Deanna Broach, age 46, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 25, 2020, at her home.

She was born May 12, 1973 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Broach was a homemaker and she loved her husband, children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Broach was preceded in death by her father, Larry Dale Deer.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Broach; mother and step-father, Delores Dixon Oglesby and Larry Joe of De Queen; two daughters, Laken Gentry and Laura Beth Amhed both of Lockesburg; one son, Kenneth Wayne Hoffman of Gillham, Arkansas; two brothers; Billy Joe Oglesby of Dierks, Arkansas; Shane Utah Oglesby of De Queen; one sister, Amanda Sales of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren; Matilynn, Kaylee, Kinlynn, J.C. and Nova; and a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorial services for Mrs. Broach will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Jewelene Crawford

Jewelene Crawford, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Ashdown, AR.  She was a lifelong resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, residing at Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab since 2008.

She was born on Friday, December 24, 1920, in Ben Lomond, AR and was one of 13 children born to Emmett and Jessie Lee Smith Griffin.

She was retired from Day and Zimmermann (Lone Star) in Texarkana, TX.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her two husbands: A. D. Crawford and Hank DeWees. She was also predeceased in death by two brothers:  Jewell Griffin, Louis Eugene Griffin and nine sisters:  Effie Carver, Iva Crawford, Dorothy Griffin, Macie Aylor, Dee Griffin, Mae Dell Payne, Tressie Carver, Beatrice Conatser, Luda Fay Lummus.

Jewelene is survived by her sister, Betty Jo Johnson, of Texarkana, Arkansas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR with plans for a graveside memorial service at a later date.

Memorials may be made in her name to the National Kidney Foundation or to a charity of choice.

The family would like to thank Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab for the many years of love and care.

Condolences may be left on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Floyd Allen Morris, Sr.

Floyd Allen Morris, Sr., age 92 a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born November 23, 1927 in Nathan, Arkansas. Mr. Morris was a farmer, owner of Morris TV Sales and Service for over thirty years, a veteran of the Army Air Force, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Annie Lillie Tidwell Morris; his wife of sixty-one years, Rowena Hargis Morris; one grandson, Scotty Presson and one sister, Lottie Jane Morris.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Presson of De Queen, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd, Jr. and Kim Morris of Horatio, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Jennifer and (Joe) Collier; one grandson, Clay and (Laci) Morris; four great grandchildren, Ty and Tate Collier and Heidi and Zane Morris; one sister, Mary B. Lewis of King, Arkansas and a nephew, Paul Lewis, Jr. and wife Elaine of De Queen.

Graveside service for Mr. Morris will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Overturf Cemetery in Gillham with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24th.

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

 

 

Mrs. Pauline Penney

Mrs. Pauline Bell Penney, age 90, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville.

Pauline was the fifth of seven children born to Richard James and Emma Lucretia Autry Bell on January 7, 1930 in De Queen. She was a 1948 graduate of De Queen High School and married the love of her life, Kenneth Nolan Penney, Sr., on June 28, 1952 in Ashdown. Pauline worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in De Queen and later worked in Administration for Rubber Corp of Arkansas. She was a Baptist and enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching golf, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on television and talking on the telephone, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Pauline never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting at every chance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 45 years, Kenneth Penney, Sr.; and six siblings, Archie Bell, Josephine Vaughn, Bessie Stewart, Lawrence Bell, Pat Hall and Betty Anderson.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Kenneth Nolan “Junior” Penney, Jr., of De Queen and Richard Thomas Penney and his wife Lisa of Angleton, Texas; five grandchildren, Magon Gentry and her husband Ron of West Columbia, Texas, Kailey Rae Empfield and her husband Ben of Angleton, Texas, Tripp Penney and his fiancé Lauren of Dover, Arkansas, Cade Penney and his wife Katie of Brazoria, Texas, and Tate Penney of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, whom Pauline adored, Emma Belle Empfield; one brother-in-law, Dale Janes of Pantego, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Pauline Penney will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tripp Penney, Cade Penney, Tate Penney, Ben Empfield and Ron Gentry will serve as pallbearers.

 

 

Michael Fredrick Spillman

Michael Fredrick Spillman, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home.

He was born August 22, 1955 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Mr. Spillman was a truck driver and a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley James and Ollie Ruth Brossett Spillman; and three sisters, Charlotte Ruth Spillman, Doris Lynette (Lynn) Brossett, and Judy Ann Massey.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Spillman of Pineville, Louisiana; a sister, Jackie Haskins of Alexandria, Louisiana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Ronnie Clorell Dinwiddie

Mr. Ronnie C. Dinwiddie, age 77, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at his home.

Ronnie was born to Elmer L. and Sallie O. Wommack Dinwiddie on March 3, 1943 in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Carol Jean Stark, on April 22, 1966 in Horatio, Arkansas, and to this union, three children were born. He worked as an Engineer for the D&E TO&E Railroad and was a member of the United Transportation Union and Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. Ronnie enjoyed gardening, hunting and his horses, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian Clorell Dinwiddie in 2007; one daughter, Donna J. Dinwiddie in 2009; and two sisters, Kathryn Taylor and Jean Rowell.

He leaves to cherish is memory, his loving wife of over 53 years, Carol Dinwiddie of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Rachell and Tracy Runnels of De Queen; six grandchildren, Kayla, Kinlee, Madison, Trevor, Kasey and Konner; one brother, Roy Dinwiddie and his wife Robin of Bethany, Louisiana; his mother-in-law, Hazel Stark; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Ronnie Dinwiddie will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 20, 2020 at Millwee Cemetery with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Bill Brown

Mr. William Aubrey Brown, Sr., age 90, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

Bill was one of seven children born to Commie O.D. and Lucile Jacobs Brown on March 13, 1930 in Longview, Texas. He faithfully served with the United States Army and was deployed overseas during the Korean Conflict. Bill married the love of his life, Jearldean Clayton, on June 2, 1956 in Longview, and to this union, six children were born. Bill worked many capacities to support his family. Some include: Frozen Food Locker in De Queen, City of De Queen Water Department and time spent as a City of De Queen Auxiliary Police Officer. Bill studied High Voltage Electricity in California and returned to Southwest Arkansas to serve as an Electrician for Weyerhaeuser Company, retiring after 20 years of service. Bill attended Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and enjoyed playing dominos, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 63 years, Jearldean Brown; one daughter, Regina Kay Brown; and three siblings, Prentice Brown, Hurie Brown and Ettie Mae Williams.

Bill leaves to cherish his loving memory, two sons, William Brown, Jr. and Michael Brown, both of De Queen; three daughters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown, both of De Queen, and Rhonda Brown Tucker and husband Michael of Seneca, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Derrick Whitmore (Latoria), Alisha Brown Williams (Ricky), Greg White (Lashayla), Andre Dade, Fantasia White and Michael S. Brown; eleven great-grandchildren, Kobi (Bree), Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson and Gavin; three sisters, Flora Pierce, Mamie Manus and Josephine Brown, all of Longview, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Brown of Longview, Texas and Dean Brown of Dos Palos, California; special friends, Charles Tramble, Michael Jackson, Martha Powell and Charles Keels; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Bill Brown will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Sand Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Eld. Jerome Edwards and Bro. Kevin Brazil officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

R.C. David Lacefield

R.C. David Lacefield, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 13, 2020, at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab in De Queen.

He was born April 19, 1938, in De Queen.  Mr. Lacefield was self-employed jack of all trades and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen David and Bertha Mae Owens Lacefield; one son, Ricky David Lacefield,; three brothers, Billy, Junior and Hubert Lacefield; three sisters, Dorothy Lawson, Verna Webster and Linnie Bell Griffin.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hunt Lacefield; one daughter, Sharon Norton; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Vickie Lacefield and one brother, Floyd Lacefield all of De Queen; one sister, Lola Barkman of Vidor, Texas; four grandchildren, Melissa Harder, Lacey Harder, Dylan and Cooper Lacefield; four great grandchildren, KK, Hannah, Cylus, Blaine; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Lacefield will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery with Chaplain Robert Ward officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Bobby Wayne Wilson

Bobby Wayne Wilson, age 80, a resident of Springfield, Tennessee, transitioned from this life to Glory Friday, April 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born October 1, 1939, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Bobby was a devout Christian, former youth leader, lay preacher, avid fisherman, and had a passion for Jewish-Christian Hebraic studies. He was the owner of Wilson Painting Contractors, a member of The River Church in Portland, Tennessee, and a United States Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Sarah Ryan Wilson; two sisters, Shirley Crews and Aline Kuykendall; one brother, Paul (Bucky) Wilson; and one son-in-law, Randy Rollins.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ollita Wilson; three daughters and one son-in-law, Tammy and Marty Russell of Haworth, Oklahoma, Terri Rollins of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Toni Lewis of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; one brother, Billy Wilson of Morrilton, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Rance Russell, Kelsey Russell, Adam Eason, Connor Lewis, Savannah Lewis, and Hayden Taylor Ryan.

A private graveside funeral service for Mr. Wilson will be held at a later date with Bro. John Gutierrez officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Rob Cole

Rob Cole was born January 3, 1970. He passed away during the afternoon of March 30, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas due to cancer.

Rob was the New Year’s baby for De Queen Hospital in 1970. He was a blessing to Bootney and Priscilla Cole. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents Johnny and Alma Cole; Burl and Ruby Stinnett. He is survived by his father “Bootney” John L. Cole; his aunt and uncle, Joyce and Johnnie Gentry of Texarkana, Texas; cousins, Tammy Whatley, Todd Whatley, and Leslie Lemley.

Rob graduated from De Queen High School in 1988 and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was in business with his father for many years.

He truly loved life. As a child, he enjoyed camping and fishing with his entire family at Broken Bow Lake. He loved rock music since the second grade. As he entered his teen years, Rob became a motocross fan and began riding. He competed at various motocross tracks in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma well into his forties. He won numerous trophies that filled his home. Rob built a motocross track behind his home on Crosstrails. His friends from the Ark-La-Tex visited often to practice on his track. Rob powered his motorcycle as high as some of the tree tops.

Don Higgins introduced Rob to running 5ks ten years ago and helped him to prepare and compete in marathons. Rob loved running with Greg Hale, Sarah Morphew, Erik Smith, and Lacy Young. He traveled to several places in the United States to race. He loved to run several miles after getting off work and on the weekends. Just ask Greg Hale. Rob pushed them to run faster and farther.

He had his first battle against cancer in the early 1990s and won. Recently, Rob had to battle it again until his passing on March 30. Rob was loved dearly by his family and many friends. Because of Covid-19 a memorial service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, please make monetary gifts of love to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way,  Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Tony Morris

Mr. Tony Morris, age 84, resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Cecil R.Bomar Rehabilitation Center in Nacogdoches.

Born July 6, 1935, in Decatur, Texas, to Bessie Evel Pruett Morris and Jesse Lee Morris, Tony grew up in north Texas and lived most of the first half of his life there. After two years at North Texas State University, he volunteered for the army and served stateside for two years during the Korean conflict. He was married to Dorothy Jamie Fowler from 1955 until her death in 1971; they had two daughters, Debra and Kathleen, who survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dona Kay Morris, who passed away in November 2019. His parents and both his siblings, Joe and Jaytha Morris, also preceded him in death.Along with Kathleen and Debra, he is survived by Dona’s three children, Rebecca, Kevin, and Jennifer, as well as eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, numerous members of the extended family, and his faithful dog Spike.

Tony’s first jobs as a preteen and teen were pumping gas at his father’s service station and wrapping butter at the dairy in Decatur. He worked in electrical engineering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 1950s and 1960s and in the construction business in the 1970s. In 1977, he and Dona moved to DeQueen, Arkansas, where he built their home – as he said, “drove almost every nail in it” — on 20 acres of woods. There he worked as a roofing contractor and drove a school bus, experimented with raising goats and rabbits, and became a successful gardener who learned to can fresh produce. He and Dona were active members ofDeQueen Church of Christ for 37 years. He was an avid fisherman and played banjo, guitar, and dobro with a bluegrass band in DeQueen, dabbling as well in mandolin and fiddle music.

Tony will be remembered for his fierce independence and ready grin, his unshakable faith and loyalty to friends and family, and his endless supply of corny jokes and useful aphorisms.

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, no public funeral service can be held. Tony will be laid to rest beside Dona in a burial service privately conducted at the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home in DeQueen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Appleby Church of Christ (10316 FM 941, Nacogdoches, TX 75965), where he was a member, or to the charity of your choice.

 

Starling Houston “Junior” Lipscomb, Jr.

Mr. Starling Houston “Junior” Lipscomb, Jr., age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, April 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born November 15, 1952, in Dierks. He was a general laborer, attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Dierks, and
was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Lipscomb was preceded in death by his parents, Starling H. Lipscomb, Sr. and Lula Leona Jones Lipscomb; his wife, Karen Lightfoot Lipscomb; one sister, Bondina Jones; and one nephew, J.R. Jones.

He is survived by one daughter, Misty Holden of Dierks and her fiancé Butch Millegan; one sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Butch Gunnells; three grandchildren, Brian, Emily, and Kaleb Holden; one great grandchild, Serenity Mann; two special friends, Marla Fahrney and J.T. Keaster; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Frank Jordan

Mr. Frank Lee Jordan, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at his home.

He was born to Lonzo Jordan and Minnie Nelson Hopkins on February 8, 1958, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a foreman at Weyerhauser and worked for Tri State Asphalt in De Queen. He enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Chester, George and Lonnie Jordan, Clarence Goff and Randell Nelson; and three sisters, Dorothy Powell, Sedalia Jordan and Annie Maull.

He is survived by four brothers, Jerry Lee Whitmore of Maumelle, Tommy “Tony” Whitmore of De Queen, Stephen Leon Whitmore and his wife Elonda of Broken Bow, and Charlie D. Jordan and his wife Katherine of De Queen; five sisters, Clara Mae Wilburn of Kansas City, Missouri, April Bennett of Horatio, Mamie Pace of Bellingham, Washington, Mary Lee Edwards of Lawrence, Kansas and Marie Whitmore of De Queen; two special nieces, Michelle Maull and Veronica Edwards (Lavelle) of Little Rock, Arkansas; a very special friend of over 30 years, Mickie Murphy; as well as, other nephews, nieces, relatives and a host of friends.

It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to inform you that after extensive and thoughtful consideration regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the family of Frank Jordan has decided to POSTPONE his going home memorial service until further notice.

We ultimately want to ensure the safety of our families and guests who would have been in attendance, as well as to ease the burden of any worry that our guests may have had regarding the decision to attend.

We cannot thank you enough for your calls, texts, cards, flowers, etc. and support during this time.  Your compassion and thoughtfulness helps to keep us strong!

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Fannie Lou “Effie” Richardson

Fannie Lou “Effie” Richardson

Sunrise: February 23, 1928
Sunset: March 16, 2020.

Graveside Service will be held April 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m. at Sandfield Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Jones-Stuart Mortuary of Texarkana.

Eulogy by Rev. Tommy Halsell.

A memorial service of her beautiful life to be announced at a later date.

Susan Paulette Owen

Susan Paulette McCoy Owen, age 68, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Monday, March 30, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Eagletown.

She was born January 7, 1952, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a florist and a baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Dorothy Ramsey McCoy; her husband, Eddy Roland Owen; one son, Eddy Neil Owen; one daughter-in-law, Terri Jean Owen; and two brothers, Dale McCoy and Bobby McCoy.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Trey Casanover of Eagletown, and Beth and Tony Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Tyler and Kevin Harvison of Idabel, Oklahoma, Tate Casanover of Eagletown, Sadie Trevino of De Queen, Beau Hughes of De Queen, Bryan McGaha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Ashley McGaha also of Broken Bow; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Donny and Janet McCoy of Broken Bow, Gene and Tessy McCoy of Eagletown, James “Boom Boom” McCoy of Eagletown, and Jack and LaFonda McCoy of Horatio, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Susan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Eagletown Cemetery pavilion with Virgil Owen officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Adrianna Jane McHam

Adrianna Jane McHam, age 5 days, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas went to her heavenly home Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born March 23, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She is survived by her parents, Cody Adam and Adrian Danielle (Cobb) McHam; three sisters, Destiny and Letti McHam and her twin sister, Chyeanne McHam; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Sherry Looper of Pearcy, Arkansas and Richard and Becky Gray of Dierks, Arkansas; great grandparents, James and Janie Pannell, Marie Kelly, Jeri Asbury, Shirlenne Looper, Gary and GA Gray; uncles, aunts and many other relatives.

Private family arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

 

Mrs. Maxine Whitley

Mrs. Mildred Maxine Whitley, age 86, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her home.

She was born to John and Ann Bales on October 6, 1933 in Dierks. She was a 1951 graduate of De Queen High School, where she was a cheerleader. She worked in Civil Service for many years as a data processor. She loved her time spent working at the newspaper office in De Queen and Many, Louisiana. She owned and operated Pilgrims Café and Granny’s Café in Grannis. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. She enjoyed bowling, painting, crafting, pretty punching and being with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Nadine Smith; her daughter, Kimberly Ann Matheny; and a grandson, Marc Matheny.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Jay Whitley of Deirks; three daughters, Sheri and husband Melvin Mills of De Queen, June and husband Jerry Pinson of Dierks and Stacy Rasmussen of Grannis; one sister, Gayle Warren of Dale, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Michael and Eric Waggoner, Marci Null, Mandy Wagner, James Fennimore, Jeremy and Kayla Simpson, Ashely Turner, Andi Heifner and Kelly and Tony Higgins; 26 great-grandchildren; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Brian Pounds officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Tommie Ester Wright

Tommie Hendrix began her journey in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on April 17, 1927. She was born the daughter of the late Mr. Cal and Mrs. Kay Hendrix.

Tommie received her educational and religious foundation in Lockesburg. She was a devoted and dedicated member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Tommie loved her church and was always willing to lend her services. She served as Church Secretary/Treasurer for a period of time.

On February 20, 1945, Tommie was united in marriage to the love of her life, David M. Wright. They enjoyed 52 years of blissful marriage. This union was blessed with two daughters and one son: Davene Hall, Phyllis Miller (Kennith), and Mack Wright (Christine).

Tommie loved and cared for her family. Sunday dinners in Lockesburg were a favorite pastime and enjoyed by all. Tommie’s love for cooking was not only loved by her family, but also the community. Tommie worked as a cook at the Tip-Top Café. Even today, many still speak of fond memories they have of Mrs. Tommie at the Tip-Top. Tommie was also employed at Mountaire Farms in De Queen for a period of time. Tommie loved to travel, as she often recruited her daughters to take her on road trips.

Farming was another favorite pastime for Tommie. She loved her family animals, especially her cows. Nobody could “call up” the cows like her. After selling the cows, because she was no longer able to care for them due to her health, she paid a special visit to them and was still able to “call them up” like no other. Tommie had a zest for life and a very big personality. You never had to wonder about what she thought because she would tell you.

Those who completed the journey of life before her include her aforementioned parents, her husband, her siblings and a host of sisters-in-law, whom she loved as sisters.

On March 28, 2020, Tommie answered God’s call and peacefully went on to rest in God’s loving arms. Happy memories and smiles will be shared and treasured forever. Tommie’s legacy will continue to be carried on by her beloved grandchildren who affectionately called her, Granny. Two grandsons, Gary Miller and Byrone Hall; three granddaughters, DeUndrea Miller, MacTisha Wright and Renae Wright; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Cewella Shannon, a special sister-in-love, she leaves to cherish her memory.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tommie Wright will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, with Brandon Williamson and Tommy Halsell officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. A come-and-go visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Jearldean Brown

Mrs. Jearldean Brown, age 83, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at her home.

She was one of eleven children born to Albert and Elmira Franklin Clayton on February 2, 1937 in De Queen. She was a graduate of Sevier County Training School in Lockesburg and was a Homemaker. She married the love of her life, William Aubrey “Bill” Brown, Sr., on June 2, 1956 in Longview, Texas, and to this union, six children were born. Jearldean spent her life serving others. She was a caretaker and nanny, and shared her love for Christ with her over-the-phone ministry. She had a love for music and as it is told, she wore out many radios listening to her beloved gospel songs. She was the former Pianist for Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and enjoyed reading, studying the Bible and playing piano, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Regina Kay Brown; and nine siblings.

Jearldean leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband of over 63 years, Bill Brown of De Queen; two sons, William Brown, Jr. and Michael Brown, both of De Queen; three daughters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown, both of De Queen, and Rhonda Brown Tucker and husband Michael of Seneca, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Derrick Whitmore (Latoria), Alisha Brown Williams (Ricky), Greg White (Lashayla), Andre Dade, Fantasia White and Michael S. Brown; eleven great-grandchildren, Kobi (Bree), Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson and Gavin; one sister, Velma Jean McElroy of Carson, California; special friends, Rita Williams, Tyra Williams, Diane Franklin, Sandra Daniel and Grace Williams; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jearldean Brown will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 29, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Eld. Jerome Edwards and Bro. Kevin Brazil officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Viewing will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Robert Bryant Mickle

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mr. Robert Bryant Mickle, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 64 at his home in De Queen, AR.

Rob was born on May 24, 1955 in Roseburg, Oregon to Milford and Emma Lee (Ward) Mickle.  Rob was a Christian and proudly served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard.  Rob enjoyed spending time with family, friends, & pets, cooking, taking cruises, classic cars, and his Harley Davidson.

Rob was preceded in death by his father, Milford, his brother, Duane Mickle, and his son, Steven Elliott.

Rob is survived by the love of his life of 40 years, Cynthia Stallard Mickle, son Kalem (Amy) Mickle, daughter Armanda (Duston) Daulton, mother Emma Lee Mickle, sisters Charlotte (Shannon) Blankenship and Dian Mickle, his six grandchildren, Chance Mickle, Jay & Grace McCollister, Elizabeth Elliott, Stella & Drexton Daulton, great-grandson, Xaven Hardemon, niece Amber (Anthony) Mathis, nephew Colton (Kristin) Starkey, and numerous extended family and dear friends.

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

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

Debbie Kay Harder

Debbie Kay Harder, age 60, a resident of Provo, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 13, 1960, in Talihina, Oklahoma.  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and worked in medical billing.

Mrs. Harder was preceded in death by her father, William Austin.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Harder; one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Mackey Hibbs of Provo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Samantha Harder of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Bubba and Meaghan Harder of Provo; six grandchildren, Baylee Harder, Lanie Hibbs, Belle Hibbs, Alyson Harder, Ryleigh Harder and Braden Harder; her mother, Mary Sue Cook of Hugo, Oklahoma; two sisters, Lisa Austin of Antlers, Oklahoma and Rhonda Prichard of Stratford, Oklahoma; two brothers, Scott Austin of Eagletown, Oklahoma and Ronnie Austin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harder will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

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

Edward “Ed” Bailey

Mr. Edward “Ed” Bailey, age 60, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, March 23, 2020 at his home.

He was born to B.C. Griffin and Annie Bell Bailey on January 19, 1960 in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a 1979 graduate of Haworth High School, where he enjoyed his time playing basketball with the Haworth Lions. He married the love of his life, Barbara Kay Haney, on April 17, 1981 in De Queen. He worked as a Kiln Operation for Weyerhaeuser Company for over 40 years, retiring when his health began to fail in August of 2019. He was a member of New View Church of Christ in Center Point and Tuskegee Airman Post 332 in Mineral Springs. He enjoyed the fishing, hunting, dominoes, playing softball with the Mineral Springs Bears and riding horses, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lorene Moore, Zannie Mae Bailey and Annie Jean Bailey; and two brothers, Robert Bailey and Leodis Threadgill.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 38 years, Barbara Kay Bailey of Lockesburg; three sons, Avery Haney of Texarkana, Jason Gunnells of Lockesburg and Lamont Whitfield of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Lakeia Bailey of Tulsa; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Albert Williams of Foreman, Billy Bailey and Necie of Idabel, Kervin Bailey Idabel, Mary Bailey of Hugo and Dorothy Davis of Idabel; as well as, step-siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ed Bailey will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 28, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Romillious Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Field Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Charmaine Doloris Archer

Charmaine Doloris Archer, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Dierks.

She was born February 25, 1937, in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. She was a R.N.

Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her parents, John Castillo, Sr. and Stelmae Paybo and one son, Donald J. Gladman.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Dean Silva, Sr. of Centerpoint, Arkansas and Jaeda and Curtis Elvenia of Hawaii; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Jolynn Gladman of Hawaii and Christopher and Lisa Gladman of Centerpoint; one sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Gary Sclaph of Virginia; one brother and sister-in-law, John Castillo, Jr. and Maria Castillo of Virginia; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Charles Cecil Bishop, Jr.

Charles Cecil Bishop, Jr., age 86, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas died Monday, March 16, 2020, in Little Rock.

He was born November 15, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was  retired  Sr. Supervisor from Pilgrim’s Pride.

Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cecil Bishop, Sr. and Laura Carlock Bishop; one brother, James E. Bishop; and two sisters, Leila Mullins and Mary Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Marnetta Gore Bishop; one son, Timothy Bishop of Little Rock; one sister, Marie Bishop Stow of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bishop will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Millwee Cemetery with Charles Krudwig officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Harless Marlin Oglesby, Sr.

Harless Marlin Oglesby, Sr., age 87, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Pleasant Manor in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 17, 1932, in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a U.S. Airforce veteran and served during the Korea Conflict. He was a master barber, logger & sawmill owner, he worked in jail ministry, was a  minister at Saratoga Baptist Church for 15 years,  was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas where he was associate pastor, pastor and song leader for 20 years.
Mr. Oglesby was preceded in death by his parents, William Austin and Junie Ethel Ridge Oglesby; one granddaughter, Joy Southerland; five brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Sandra Wade Oglesby; one son and daughter-in-law, Marlin Oglesby, Jr. and Emily of Fouke, AR; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Dean Jones of Winthrop, Arkansas and Leita Southerland of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Norma Franklin of Hot Springs Village, AR; seven grandchildren, Ben Southerland, Kay Dea Carrell, Jacob Southerland, Jared Jones, Meagan Anderson, Austin Oglesby and Sara Oglesby; 11 great-grandchildren, a  number of nieces and nephews; special friends, Freddie “Wiggie” Tallant, David Boyd and Ricky Southerland  and many friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Oglesby will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas with Marlin Oglesby, Jr., Dean Jones, Austin Oglesby, and Audie Dawson officiating.  Burial will follow in Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday before the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 713 De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

Nadine V. Barber Bizzell

Nadine V. Barber Bizzell, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at her daughters home in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born October 28, 1934, in Pineville, Louisiana.  She was the owner of Nadine’s Café and a Baptist.
Nadine was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Tilton and Velma Cleo West Barber; her husband, Raymond Dale Bizzell; three sons, Terry Ballard, Rod Bizzell and Kenny Bizzell; two brothers, Thomas and Horace Barber and one sister, Myrtle Grace Mumphrey.

She is survived by six children, Donald Ballard and wife Cathy of Ashdown, Judy Steed and husband Royce of Lockesburg, JoAnn Martin and husband Chuck of Lockesburg, Carol Stockman and husband Jim of Ashdown, Pam Warden and husband Wayne of East Bend, North Carolina and JoAnn Keener and husband Billy of De Queen; two sisters, Jerry Marze and Margarete Monk; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Ballard and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Nadine Bizzell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.  Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Burton Satterfield

Mr. Burton Dale Satterfield, age 81, resident of Gillham, passed from this life on Friday, March 13, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Ira James and Viola Pruitt Satterfield on September 15, 1938 in Roswell, New Mexico. He married the love of his life, Wanda Lou Parramore, on December 11, 1969. He worked as a Conductor for D&E TO&E Railroad, retiring with 32 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, painting and prospecting for gold, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 44 years, Wanda Lou Satterfield; and one stepbrother, Freddy DeFore.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Rick Satterfield and wife Michelle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scott Satterfield of Conway and James Satterfield of Dallas; five daughters, Melinda Hanson of Texarkana, Mary Kirkpatrick and husband Ralph of Tampa, Florida, Angela Allen of Quinlan, Texas, Rhonda Hutman and husband Frank of Portage, Indiana and Beth Alvarez and husband Gus of Mena; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Satterfield, Sr. and wife of Evelyn of Blum, Texas; one sister, Darlene Parramore of Fort Worth, Texas; one stepsister, Irene Lee of Broken Bow; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mr. Burton Satterfield will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Private family burial will be held at Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ricky Dean Jackson

Ricky Dean Jackson, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 24, 1958, in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Brown Jackson; one son, John Keith Jackson; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Vicki Jackson of Red Oak, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Nic Geremonte of Mineola, Texas; his father and stepmother, Kenneth and Margie Jackson of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Elisa Jackson of Mesquite, Texas; one stepsister, Tammy DelDenno of Little Rock, Arkansas; one stepson, James Eakin of San Diego, California; his grandchildren, Averie and Kynlie Jackson, Braelyn Geremonte, Austin Cravens, and Peyson and Miley Eakin; and two nieces and a nephew.

There will be a private memorial at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Wilma Dee Arnold Cogburn

Some people only walk this earth for a short time. Their departure reminds us that angels are watching over us. Our Granny rejoined her heavenly family and gained her wings on March 12, 2020 at the age of 87.

Wilma Dee Arnold was born February 13, 1933 in Dierks, Arkansas to Jeff and Beatrice Kitchens Arnold. She married Jewel Cogburn on December 3, 1951. Wilma was retired from Weyerhaeuser and Briar Plant. She loved to crochet, fish, quilt, hunt, and craft.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Johnny and Roger Arnold; a great granddaughter, Brooke Ackley; a son-in-law, Joe Stuard; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Cogburn.

Mrs. Cogburn is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Beverly Cogburn and Garry and Larry Cogburn all of Dierks; two daughters and a son-in-law, Diane Alexander of Dierks and Carolyn and George Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Jeffie Roth of Dierks; and a sister-in-law, Leah Arnold of Nashville; 13 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cogburn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Matt Cook, Jeffrey Mounts, and Bryan Chesshir officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Dierks.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00, Friday, March 13th at the funeral home in Dierks.
The family will be at the home of Leigh and Rodney Starwalt, 146 Windy Hill in Dierks.
You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Cindy Lee Whisenhunt Bell

Cindy Lee Whisenhunt Bell, age 60, of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born July 31, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel J. and Barbara Ann Spalletta Whisenhunt; one sister, Viola May Whisenhunt; and two brothers-in-law, Bobby Bell and Roger Bell.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Billy Bell; one son, Loyd Clayton Whisenhunt; four daughters, Billie Jo Bell, Sonia Lee Bell, Balinda Ann Kirby, and Kelli Ann Loving; one brother, Floyd Glenn Whisenhunt; and 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Glenda N. Swim

Glenda N. Swim, age 73, of Kerrville, Texas passed away unexpectedly on February 28, 2020 at TexSan Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Mrs. Swin was born August 21, 1946 in Idabel, OK to Autry D. and Ressie Cobb Wilson.  She married  Connie G. Swim on September 12, 1962 and continued her education graduating with the De Queen High School Class of 1964.  They moved to Kerrville in 1965 where she was employed almost fifty years with Douville, Goldman & Associates until she retired on October 31, 2019.

Glenda was a very kind and loving mother to two children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Connie on November 18, 2019, her parents, a brother Adie D. Wilson, an infant brother, Jimmy Bay Wilson and two sisters, Pauline Faye Harrison and Doris B. Smith.

Survivors include one son, Murray Allen Swim, one daughter, Mary Christine Rodriguez and husband George, grandchildren Matthew Swim, Cecily George, Emily Swim, Bryan Ishmael and wife Caitlin, C.J. Cain and wife Dianna.  In addition she is survived by her great grand-children, Darius, Michael, Alix, Kieran, Charles, Scarlett and Christopher, all of Kerrville, Texas.

She is also survived by three sisters, her twin, Linda Culp and Defrenzia Ruth Wilson, both of De Queen, AR, and Marie Hendrix and husband Tom of El Dorado, AR,  and a brother-in-law Donnie R. Swim of Grand Prairie, TX.  Also included are many nieces, nephews and special friends Randy Hinsley and Earl Pettigrew.

Viewing was held at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville, TX  on March 3, 2020 from 5-7 PM

Graveside service was held on Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Garden of Memories Cemetery, officiated by Frankie Enloe under care of Grimes Funeral Chapel.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at TexSan Hospital for their heroic efforts.

Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

 

Mrs. Betty Lynn Pickett Wade

Mrs. Betty Lynn Pickett Wade, age 73, resident of Salem, Oregon, passed from this life on Monday, March 9th in Salem, Oregon.

She was born to Rayburn and Flora Mae Turner Pickett on November 22, 1946 in De Queen, AR. She was a L.P.N. and worked at the jail in Lynn County, Oregon for many years. She loved fishing and playing Bingo, but mostly loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Fay Wade; one son, Fay Wade, Jr.; one daughter, Cynthia Christiansen.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherrie Green of Salem, Oregon and Demetria Moore of St. Helens, Oregon; two sons James Preston Green, Jr. of Lakeview, Oregon, and Curtis Wade of Albany, Oregon; one sister, Loretta McRae of De Queen, AR; and three brothers, James Leeroy Pickett of De Queen, AR, Jimmy Pickett of Rogers, AR, and Ronnie Pickett of Guyton, Georgia; two granddaughters, Kayla Green of Albany, Oregon and Brittany Green of Oregon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wade will be cremated in Salem, Oregon.

 

 

Mrs. Carrie Chaytor

Mrs. Carrie McGee Chaytor, age 83, resident of Prescott, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Prescott.

She was born to Charlie Sam and Vera McGee on November 1, 1936 in Jonesboro, Louisiana. She was a housekeeper and member of Freedom Temple Church of God in Foreman. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, A.D. Chaytor; two sons, Calvin Leon Chaytor and Troy Lee Chaytor Walker; a grandson, Ronnie Oglesby; as well as, a number of siblings.

She is survived by one daughter, Mollie Marie Chaytor of Foreman; one son, A.D. Chaytor, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; as well as, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one sister, Sandra Vaughn and husband Leo, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Carrie Chaytor will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Rhodes Cemetery, Ashdown, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Caleb Keja

Caleb Keja, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, February 27, 2020.

He was born  January 16, 1958, in the Marshall Islands. He was a member of De Queen New Beginning’s Church and enjoyed fishing, baking, crafting, and making wedding rings.

Mr. Keja was preceded in death by his parents, Keja Laneab and Jaiberer; his wife Mita Lang Keja; and two sisters and one brother.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Bien and Kimberly Keja of North Dakota, Kashton and Roberta Keja also of North Dakota, Jackson K. and Ruth of Spokane, Washington, and Kenji K. and Benciana of De Queen; two daughter and sons-in-law, Angela and Heleson Ruben of Berryville, Arkansas and Caltha and Logan House of North Dakota; two sisters, Ezra Heine and Tilla Laneab; one brother Hersha Laneab; and 30 grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Keja will be held from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Faith and Deliverance center with Hersha Laneb officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

Marshallese service will begin on 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12th until Saturday the 14th.

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

Billy Bob Cobb

Mr. Billy Bob Cobb, age 78, resident of Ashdown and former resident of Foreman, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Ashdown.

He was born to Daniel Dee and Faye Louise Little Cobb on July 1, 1941 in Ashdown. He was a member of the United States Army and worked as a heavy equipment operator for Red River Army Depot for 26 years. He married the love of his life, Nona Marie Richardson, on January 9, 1970 in Foreman. He was a Methodist and former member of Wade’s Chapel Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, making animal calls, piddling in his shop, bartering, and his animals, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 37 years, Nona Marie Cobb; and three brothers, James Roland Cobb, Daniel Calvin Cobb and Donald R. Cobb.

He is survived by one sister, Patsy “Pat” Waren and husband Jimmy of Springdale; one brother, David Allen Cobb and wife Laura of Ashdown; one sister-in-law, Betty Jean Abercrombie and husband Ronnie of Foreman; as well as, 11 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Billy Cobb will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Marvin Cemetery in the Wallace Community of Little River County, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time, Wednesday, at the cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Inez Berniece Taylor

Mrs. Inez Berniece Young Taylor passed from this life March 7, 2020 at her home.

She was born December 12, 1922 in Horatio, Arkansas to William Thomas and Edna Pearl Sims Young. She graduated from Horatio High School in 1941. She attended Utterback Brown Business College in Danville, Illinois. Then came back to Horatio where she married Elve Taylor and they were farmers. To this union 5 children were born. Linda Carol, James Thomas “Jamie”, Anita Jane, Leesa Pearl, and Mary Louise “Lucy”. Mrs. Taylor bragged that she was worth 5 million dollars. She had 5 children and she wouldn’t take a million for either one of them. Inez and Elve liked to travel and they liked camping and trot line fishing.
Inez was a loyal companion for 60 years and a fair cook. She being the practical person requests no flowers at her funeral. She has already had hers and she said that flowers are here today and gone tomorrow. Any money spent on flowers could be used to help somebody somewhere.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Edna Young; her husband, Elve C. Taylor; one son, James Thomas Taylor; her siblings, Hazel Ruby Rust, Martha Louise Power, Verna La Fern McGough, Ruth Corene Ayers and Edna Beth Brooks; a grandson, Leslie Walker; and all of her in-laws.

She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda Carol Bishop, Anita Jane and Kurt Farquhar, Leesa Pearl and Wayne Kemp and Mary Louise “Lucy” and Jimmy Mize; her favorite daughter-in-law, Sandy Taylor; a special brother-in-law, Gerald Brooks; 11 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in the Belleville Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 9th  from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Bonita Harrison

Bonita Harrison, age 80, formerly of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in a Texarkana nursing home. She was born September 18, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas to Grace Pickens Harrison and Emmett Edgar Harrison.

She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1958 and attended Capital City Business College in Little Rock. She was a Clerk Librarian at St. Vincent Infirmary before working as a Clerk Typist at Red River Army Depot for 27 years.

Bonita was a member of Belleville Methodist Church and a Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star, Peach Valley, Chapter 586 in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh Thomas Harrison and Emmett Allen Harrison; one niece, Kathy Grace Harrison Robbins; and companion, Leroy Stoker.

Survivors include two nephews, Hugh Thomas Harrison, Jr. and wife Dana and Allen Albert Harrison and wife, Stephanie; a loving sister-in-law, Kathryn Harrison Metsker; and many other relatives and friends.

She loved cats and a special dog, Whiskers. Long Sunday afternoon drives were enjoyed.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Belleville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 41, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

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

Effie Lois Reed Brock

Effie Lois Reed Brock, age 93, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at her home.

She was born November 12, 1926, in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church, a farmer, an employee of the Dierks School System, and found happiness in fishing.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Leslie and Mamie Greenhaw Reed; her husband, Herman Mack Brock; and four brothers, Jimmy Reed, Vestal Reed, Wayne Reed, and D.B. Reed.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Rodney Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas and Glenda and Nelson Hogden of Dierks; three grandchildren, Stephanie Ray, Susan Jackson, and Lisa Tucker; seven great grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brock will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating.  Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Leeona Evans Overturf

Leeona Evans Overturf left this earth to go to her heavenly home on March 2, 2020.

Leeona Overturf was born on July 8 of 1935. She was born to Lee and Lona Evans in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was the seventh child born of eight children. She is surpassed in death by her parents and her siblings.

Surviving Ms. Overturf is her son, Eric Overturf of Foreman, Arkansas; one grandson, Gary Overturf of Foreman; two granddaughters, Leanne Walker of Texarkana, and Emily (Blake) Jones of Winthrop; three great grandsons, Dayton Lee Seifert, Wesson Walker, and Silas Jones.

She was known for her love of basketball and playing professional basketball for the Texas Cowgirls from 1953-1955. Ms. Leeona was a member of King Ryder Church.  She worked for TWA Airlines and State First National which she later retired from. She met several friends who became family to her. She also enjoyed being a member of the Winthrop School Restoration Committee, and keeping the memories alive for everyone who went to school there.

Leeona was an avid lover of “red birds” (cardinals), Elvis Presley, her magnolia tree, and most of all her family. One of her favorite past times was being able to spend time with her grandchildren. Once she retired you could always find her sitting on her front porch swing drinking coffee.

The family would like to thank Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Encompass Hospice, Pine Crest Retirement Center and St. Michael’s for all of the care that was given to Ms. Overturf.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 at Pauley Cemetery with Scotty Smith and Perry Young officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Edna Lucinda Strickland

Edna Lucinda Strickland, age 70, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Saturday, February 29, 2020, in Texarkana.

She was born January 9, 1950, in Port St. Joe, Florida.  She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Miss Strickland was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Everett and Lillie Mae Hildebrand Strickland; one brother, Chuck Strickland; one niece, Tammy Wall; and one great niece, Tamra Potter.

She is survived by two sisters, Lillie Beebe and Derotha Biever; one brother, JD Strickland; four nephews, Richard Strickland, Jerry Strickland, Chuck Strickland, and Dewayne Potter; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

Billy Joe Bishop

Billy Joe Bishop, age 78, of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, February 28, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born March 21, 1941, in Houston, Texas. He was a machinist, a United States Navy Veteran, and attended Williamson Community Church.

Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon O. and Ruth Taylor Bishop; two brothers, Vernon Bishop, Jr. and Larry E. Bishop; and two sisters, Lorene Coleman and Ruth E. Pogue.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ayers Bishop; two sons, Billy Bishop, Jr. (Rosalie) of Dallas, Texas and James Randall Bishop (Jeannine) of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter, Sheri Grove (David) of Little Rock, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Jaime Gannon, John Grove, Jessica Bishop, Sara Grove, Taylor Bishop, and Grant Bishop; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with military honors for Mr. Bishop will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Millwee Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Williamson Community Church, 555 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas 71842.

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

 

Ruth Elizabeth Pogue

Ruth Elizabeth Pogue, age 87, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born May 9,1932, in Houston, Texas. She was a homemaker and  a member of  the Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Pogue was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Milton Frederic; her mother, Ruth Taylor Bishop; her step-father, Vernon Bishop; one brother, Vernon Bishop, Jr.; one sister, Lorene Coleman; and one great granddaughter, Kelly Blake Casteel.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, William F. “Bill” Pogue; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Darell Rankin, JoAnn and Paul Casteel, and Johnnie and Edward Williamson; one brother, Billy and Wanda Bishop; six grandsons and their spouses, Heath and Sharon Casteel, Derek and Crystal Rankin, Doug and Sarah Casteel, Darren and Shantae Rankin, Coy and Stacy Williamson, and Justin and Tara Williamson; ten great grandchildren, Cassady, Sydney, Kinley, Chandler, Gavin, Sarah, Paige, Luke, Rykor, and Emily; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Pogue will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, in Millwee Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Evelyn Rosenthal Gottfried

Evelyn Rosenthal Gottfried, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, February 22, 2020 in De Queen.

She was born February 3, 1933 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. She retired from Tyson Foods and was a Catholic.

Mrs. Gottfried was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Cecilia Fox Rosenthal.

She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gottfried will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020 in Redmen Cemetery with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mary Virginia Quinn Moore

Mary Virginia Quinn Moore, age 87, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 25, 2020, in Dierks.

She was born February 8, 1933 in Dierks. She was secretary/treasurer for the family business, Moore & Moore Chipping, and was a member of Dierks Church of Christ.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents, O.L. and Annie Bell Green Quinn; her husband, Charles Edward Moore; grandson, Shane Moore; granddaughter, Amanda Moore; and two brothers, O.L. Quinn, Jr, and Bobby Quinn.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Teresa Moore, and Terry and Julia Moore; grandson, Todd and wife Kelly Moore; granddaughter, Rachel Moore Lowrey and husband Lance, all of Dierks; four great grandchildren, Reagan Moore Brown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, MaClane Moore of Texarkana, Arkansas and Lucas and Avery Lowrey of Dierks; four great-great grandchildren, Adalyn Moore, Hudson Moore, Brooklyn Brown and Tenlie Brown; one brother, A.C. Quinn of Tom Bean, Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John H. and Mary Moore of Magnolia, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sue Quinn of Dierks, Arkansas; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Robbie Jean Dossey.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Moore will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Terry Martin, Marty Quinn and Terry Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 28th at Dierks Church of Christ.

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

 

Mrs. Mary Grant

Mrs. Mary Edward Grant, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was the eldest of two children born to the late Edward Grant and Anna Ross Grant on January 30, 1944, in Mansfield, Louisiana. She attended Desoto High School in Mansfield and the Beauty College in Shreveport.

She was baptized at an early age and joined St. James AME Church in Mansfield. Later she rededicated her life and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and joined East Side Church of God In Christ in Mansfield, serving there until the Lord moved her to Arkansas. She then joined Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ in De Queen. For more than 40 years she has been on the battlefield fighting for her Lord. She had a reputation of being a hard and dedicated worker for the Lord, as she worked untiringly with the Pastor’s Aide, Sunday School and cleaned the church for many years with a smile, until her health failed. She loved God and her church. People from all walks of life, near and far, sought her out for prayer and counseling.

While in Louisiana, she was an entrepreneur, the life of the party and lived life to the fullest. The world owed her nothing! She had a zest for life and was very sociable and outgoing, enjoying the time spent with family and friends. She was devoted to her family and loyal to her friends. She was a retired Direct Service Provider to individuals with developmental disabilities for many years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Gerard Thomas, Lauretta Grant and Talbert Grant; her brother, Henry Johnson; three grandchildren, Gabriel Grant, Mariah Grant and Nyiah Grant; one great-grandson, Demarcus Grant; as well as, her brother-in-law, Supt. E.A. Edwards.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Betty Edwards of De Queen; four sons, Kevin (LaTrell) Grant of Idabel, Bishop Patrick (Sherrie) Grant, Odis (Paula) Grant, both of De Queen, and Oliver Grant of Lockesburg; one grandson whom she raised as her own, Courtney Russell; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; five nieces, two nephews; two special friends, Dorothy Calhoun and Etta M. Atkins; as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Grant will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Eld. Isaac Hawkins and Eld. Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will host a family hour beginning at 6:00 P.M., Friday, at Lewis Temple. Viewing will be general from Wednesday afternoon until Friday evening at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Olin Dewey Shelton

Olin Dewey Shelton, age 77 passed this life Sunday, February 23, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Haworth, OK.

Olin was born on July 8, 1942 in Jade, OK, the son of Clarence Jackson and Myrtle (VanScoder) Shelton the 7th of 12 children. He graduated from Haworth High School the class of 1961. He attended college in Wilburton and then SAU where he obtained his Associates degree in Business Management. He started working at the Weyerhaeuser papermill in Valliant in 1971, retiring in 2002.

He was the most honest man and always told the truth no matter what. He enjoyed traveling to Alaska site seeing. He loved spending time with his family and the memories that he shared with them. He loved his Savior and honored Him by reading his word.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clifford, Emmett and Vernon Shelton; three sisters, Inez Brumfield, Betty Watson and Della Hill.

Olin is survived by his wife; Jimmie Ann Shelton of the home; two sons, Kevin Shelton of Dierks, AR, Keith and Irena Shelton of Jade, OK, Terry Simmons and Kim of Cerro Gorodo, OK; three daughters, Debbie Berold and Tony of Ashdown, AR, Teresa and James McDougal of Ashdown, AR, Kim and Todd Carver of Lockesburg, AR; three brothers, Charles Shelton and Barbara of Marshall, TX, Roger and Judy Shelton of Jade, OK, Larry and Linda Shelton of Horatio, AR; two sisters, Evelean Davis of Redland, OK, Shirley Davis and Cy of Eagletown, OK; twenty-one grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Redland Church of Christ in Redland, OK with Bro. Bobby Tatum and Cy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at the Philadelphia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the funeral home.

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

 

James Henry “Jim” McDonald

James Henry “Jim” McDonald, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, February 21, 2020, in Little Rock.

He was born December 24, 1940 in the Plainview Community in Little River County, Arkansas. He retired from Ashgrove Cement Plant in Foreman as a heavy equipment operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of State Line Baptist Church.

Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, James William “Bill” and Sarah Eunice Crowell McDonald; and three sisters, Georgia Frady, Nina Hinton, and Shirley Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Higgins McDonald; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Carlton Richardson of Wickes, Arkansas, and Courtney and Robby Ray of Horatio, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, James “Hooch” and Amy McDonald of Winthrop, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Sylvia McDonald of Foreman, Arkansas; one sister, Jean Higgins of De Queen; five grandchildren, Kara Richardson, Kolt Richardson, Judson Ray, Ellie Ray, and Kady Ray; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. McDonald will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and Bobby Fischer officiating. Burial will follow in Pauley Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, February 24th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Diane Allen

Mrs. Alta Diane Sawyer Allen, age 84, resident of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, passed from this life on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama.

She was born to Cyrus Arthur and Margaret Elizabeth Peel Sawyer on July 25, 1935 in Waco, Texas. She was a 1953 graduate of De Queen High School and married the love of her life, Marlin Ray Allen, on May 23rd of that year. She worked as Secretary for Conoco, retiring with 32 years of service and was a Christian. She was a member of the Magnolia Springs Garden Club and enjoyed gardening, building large doll houses, flowers, playing Solitaire and watching movies, but most of all, she cherished the times spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 60 years, Marlin Allen; her mother and father-in-law, Tompie Vera and Walter Lee Allen, Sr.; and her beloved dog and cat, Paco and Nicky.

She is survived by one daughter, Becky Estes and her husband Tom of Magnolia Springs, Alabama; one son, Steven Ray Allen and his wife Tania of Lake Charles, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Courtney Bowles of Fort Collins, Colorado, Ryan Matthew Wallace of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lindsay Diane Gillard and husband Jeremy of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Shelby Ann Hebert and husband Dr. Tyler Hebert of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Erin Ann Forsse and husband Dr. Stephen Forsse of Waco, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Maddy, Zoe, Lucas, Jonas, Juliet and Jenna; the Allen family: Joyce Smith, Barbara Allen, Floy Smith, Carolyn Cowling, and Marolyn Needham and husband Wendell; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Diane Allen will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 24, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow at the Allen Family Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., tonight, February 23rd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Jacqueline Killion Chandler

Mrs. Jacqueline Lanell Killion Chandler, age 82, resident of the Central Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born to Robert D. and Minnie Mae Notgrass Killion on January 30, 1938 in Kermit, Texas. She married Arlice Odean Chandler in August of 1967 and was a member of New Life De Queen Church. She enjoyed spending time in her garden, flowers, crocheting and arts and crafts, but most of all, she cherished the time shared with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Beverly Chandler Ruzin; two siblings, Gayle Henry and Michael Killion.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 52 years, Arlice Chandler of Central Community; one daughter, Barbara Chandler Kurachi and husband George of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren, Chris Ruzin of Austin, Texas, Kara Kurachi Deese and husband Bennett of High Point, North Carolina, Melissa Ruzin of Lockesburg, Keisha Kurachi Tillman and husband Michael of Leander, Texas, Stephanie Ruzin Purcell of Lockesburg, Kimberly Kurachi and Kelli Kurachi, both of Austin, Texas; seven great-granchildren; a great-niece, Kandice Killion; one brother, Bob Killion of Grandbury, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jackie Chandler will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 24, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Old Center 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.

Audy Calvin Williams, Jr.

Audy Calvin Williams, Jr., age 69, of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at his home.

He was born April 16, 1950, in Gary, Indiana. He was retired from Pilgrims and a member of Peters Rock Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Audy Calvin and Willie Mae Lee Williams; one son, Anthony Williams; one sister, Brenda Williams; and two brothers, Paul and Saul Williams.

He is survived by two daughters, Shawana Williams and Angela Williams of Oakland, California; two sons, Antwon and Aundre Williams of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one grandson; one granddaughter; one great granddaughter; three sisters, Anna Johnson, Grace Williams, and Rita Williams; two brothers, Michael Williams and Kenneth Williams; and two aunts, Irene Daniels and Jane McCoy all of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Sherri Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 21st at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

Anthony “Tony” Lee Quinn

Anthony “Tony” Lee Quinn, age 59, of Dierks, Arkansas passed from this life Tuesday, February 18, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born January 11, 1961, in De Queen, Arkansas. He served in the United States Navy, was a maintenance manager for Tyson in Nashville, and a cattle farmer.

Mr. Quinn was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Gene Quinn.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 41 years, Cathy Burtsfield Quinn; his mother, Sue Hardin Quinn; two sons, Luke Quinn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Blake and spouse Courtney Quinn of Paducah, Kentucky; one daughter-in-law, Amy Nixon of Texarkana, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Anessa and Landon Quinn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Logan Quinn of Paducah; one brother, Marty and spouse Kelley Quinn of Claremore, Oklahoma; one sister, Kenya and spouse Jeff Heifner of Dierks; one brother-in-law, Bryan and spouse Jennifer Burtsfield of  Orange, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews; special friends, Darrell Wilhite and John Fannin; his Tyson Family; his mother-in-law, Linda Burtsfield of Bellingham, Washington; and a sister-in-law, Carrie Walls of Canada.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Quinn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2020, in the Dierks Cemetery with Michael Howard officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20th at the Dierks Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bobby and Anthony Quinn Memorial Scholarship at Diamond Bank in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

 

 

Mr. Manton Montgomery

Mr. William Manton Montgomery, age 94, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was the eighth of nine children born to Elmer Lee and Katie Mae Williamson Montgomery on April 23, 1925 in De Queen. Manton was drafted and served his country with the United States Army and married the love of his life, Catherine Griffin, on January 1, 1946. He was very involved in the timber industry, working as a Logger, Truck Farmer and Land Buyer, for many years. When he was able, he attended church at De Queen First Baptist Church and was a former member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. he enjoyed fox, deer and coyote hunting, dancing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Catherine Montgomery; his daughter, Judy Lynn Tomlinson; four brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by one son, Ronnie Montgomery and wife Sheila of De Queen; four grandchildren, J. Mark Bigham and Susan of De Queen, Brian Montgomery of De Queen, Holly Rogers and Randy of De Queen, and Amy Mickle and Kalem of Rogers; four great-grandchildren, T.J. Bigham and Paige of De Queen, Spy Rogers of Pearcy, Candace Rogers of De Queen, and Chance Mickle of Rogers; a special niece, Diane Campbell of De Queen; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Manton Montgomery will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Larry Nichols

Mr. Larry Dale Nichols, age 74, resident of Shinewell, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born to Oscar Jack and Mary Louise Carter Nichols on October 29, 1945 in De Queen. He was a graduate of Haworth High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, Larry was stationed on the USS Saratoga. He married the love of his life, Rita Ann Carden, on May 23, 1965 in Winthrop, and to this union, one son was born. Larry was a Millwright working for International Paper in Valliant, Oklahoma, retiring after 32 years service. Larry also worked for Huber in Broken Bow, taking his second retirement after five years service. He was a member and Deacon of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads and was an ordained Baptist Minister. Larry was a member of the National Rifle Association and loved hunting and fishing, but there was one thing that surpassed this love and that was his family. He cherished the time spent with his loving wife, son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joey David; one great-grandson, Alex Reyes; and one sister, Shirley Hicks.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Rita Ann Nichols, whom he affectionately called “ReeRee,” of Shinewell, Oklahoma; one son, James Nichols and his wife Suszanne of Kountze, Texas; grandchildren, Colby Nichols and his wife Rendi of Shinewell, Oklahoma, Maggie McDonald of Foreman, Brandy Hart and her husband Matt and Kristy Reyes, both of Kountze, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kurtis and Krista Reyes, Kendra and Logan Hart, Jake Allen and Weston Jack Nichols, and Jaycee Platt; great-great-grandchildren, Aurora and Grayson Reyes; one brother, Nicky Nichols and his wife Sandy of Readyville, Tennessee; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Larry Nichols will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bros. Gary Steiner, Don Jones and Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow, with Naval Rites, at Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Larry Dale Nichols, age 74, resident of Shinewell, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born to Oscar Jack and Mary Louise Carter Nichols on October 29, 1945 in De Queen. He was a graduate of Haworth High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, Larry was stationed on the USS Saratoga. He married the love of his life, Rita Ann Carden, on May 23, 1965 in Winthrop, and to this union, one son was born. Larry was a Millwright working for International Paper in Valliant, Oklahoma, retiring after 32 years service. Larry also worked for Huber in Broken Bow, taking his second retirement after five years service. He was a member and Deacon of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads and was an ordained Baptist Minister. Larry was a member of the National Rifle Association and loved hunting and fishing, but there was one thing that surpassed this love and that was his family. He cherished the time spent with his loving wife, son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joey David; one great-grandson, Alex Reyes; and one sister, Shirley Hicks.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Rita Ann Nichols, whom he affectionately called “ReeRee,” of Shinewell, Oklahoma; one son, James Nichols and his wife Suszanne of Kountze, Texas; grandchildren, Colby Nichols and his wife Rendi of Shinewell, Oklahoma, Maggie McDonald of Foreman, Brandy Hart and her husband Matt and Kristy Reyes, both of Kountze, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kurtis and Krista Reyes, Kendra and Logan Hart, Jake Allen and Weston Jack Nichols, and Jaycee Platt; great-great-grandchildren, Aurora and Grayson Reyes; one brother, Nicky Nichols and his wife Sandy of Readyville, Tennessee; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Larry Nichols will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bros. Gary Steiner, Don Jones and Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow, with Naval Rites, at Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Walter Ray Igo

Walter Ray Igo, age 82 of Wickes, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at his home.

He was born February 24, 1937, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  He was a machinist for Boeing, an Airforce veteran having served in the Korean War and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes.

Mr. Igo was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Cleatus and Velma Leona Ray Igo; his wife, Dorothy Lou Little Igo and one brother, Glen Edgar Igo.

He is survived by two sons, Wesley Igo and Walter Igo, Jr. of El Paso, Texas; three daughters, Dian Clemons of Seattle, Washington, Donna (Fred) Gammon of De Queen and Jennifer (Travis) McNeal of Foreman, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Maurice Walch of Washington state; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Sue Igo of Chowchilla, California; seven grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Igo will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes with Bro. Chris Burke officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 14th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Glenda Gayle Bryars Wells

Glenda Gayle Bryars Wells, age 84, of Ashdown, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born November 27, 1935, in Bay Minette, Alabama. She was a member of the New Zion Methodist Church, a member of the Eastern Star, and caregiver and homemaker.

Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her parents and step father, Jesse Floyd Bryars and Eva Pearl Griffin McClain and Gordan McClain; one daughter, Eva Gayle Wells Patterson; two sisters, June DeMarco and Dawn Garrison; her step-mother, Lou Bryars.

She is survived by five daughters, Beth Gayle Shoemake (Randy) of Ashdown, Mary Gayle Moran (Steve) of Moucks Corner, South Carolina, Bobbie Gayle McQueen (David), Barbara Gayle Redmond (R.J.), and Glenda Gayle Redmond (O.L.) all of Perkinston, Mississippi; grandchildren, Skeeter Shoemake, Dustin and Andria Moran, Phyllip and Satchel McQueen, Trevor and Colton Redmond, Levi and Brittany Redmond, and Luke and Simon Patterson; eleven great grandchildren; two step-sisters, Pam Young of Florence, Mississippi and Marsha Young of Jackson, Mississippi and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wells will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the New Zion Methodist Church in Perkinston, Mississippi with Larry Bradberry officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time.

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

Mrs. Barbara Bohannon

Mrs. Barbara Ann Pickett Bohannon, age 81, resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born to Willie L. and Connie Taylor Pickett on March 11, 1938 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a 1956 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Texas. Following graduation, she married the love of her life, Harold Lloyd Bohannon, in May of 1956 in Houston, and to this union, two daughters were born. She spent many years keeping the home and later worked as a dog groomer, owning her own business until retirement. She was a member of the Old Corinth Church in Frog Level and enjoyed fishing. Barbara loved her family and spending time with them, but more than anything, she cherished and adored the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sibling; and a great-grandson, Cullen Varner.

She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Harold Bohannon of Lockesburg; two daughters, Carol Ann Boykin and Karen Midgett and her husband Keith, all of Lockesburg. She was Granny Bar to her four grandchildren, Trina, Tracey, Trista and Matt, and her six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Cameron, Carson, Emma, Shelby and Valerie. She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Pickett and wife Judy of Lockesburg and Edward Pickett and wife Cheryl of Chriesman, Texas; two sisters, Judy Thompson of South Carolina and Vicki Lawrence and husband Donnie of Conroe, Texas; as well as, special nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Bohannon will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Old Center Holiness Church with Chaplain Rufus Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Frank Pridmore, Jr.

Mr. Franklin Delanor Pridmore, Jr., age 57, of Lockesburg, died Friday, February 8, 2020 in Lockesburg.

No services will be scheduled. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Mrs. Bobbie Ruth

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Gentry Ruth, age 80, resident of De Queen, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 06, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Ruth was born to John and Maggie Reed Gentry on March 25, 1939, in De Queen. She married the love of her life, James Alfred Ruth, on June 16, 1955 in De Queen, and to the union, four children were born. She was a member of Rose Hill Gospel Mission and a Homemaker. She and her family owned and operated a poultry farm outside of De Queen. She enjoyed going to church and raising chickens, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two great-granddaughters, Josie Ann and Jorie Lynn Burt; two brothers, Ern and Pete Gentry; and two sisters, Inez Shaw and Juanita Gentry.

She is survived by her husband of over 64 years, James Ruth of De Queen; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Billy Don Weeks, Sr. of De Queen, Barbara and Gene Liles of Hatfield and Evelyn and Russell Yandell of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joan Ruth of De Queen; 16 grandchildren, Billy Don, Jr., Wynona, Jonathan, Wynita, Lajeana, Danillia, Brandon, Aaron, Amanda, James “J Bo”, Sherra, Sandra, Shuvanah, Travis and Carrie; 34 great-grandchildren; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie Ruth will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Billy Don Weeks, Sr., Billy Don Weeks, Jr., and Brandon Burt officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Ernie Paul Walker

Mr. Ernie Paul Walker, affectionately known as “Flash” or “Ditch-Digger,” was born to Ottie and Betty Martin Walker on November 29, 1952 in Prineville, Oregon and left this World on February 2, 2020, at the age of 67.

He was a long-distance truck driver for many years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Keith Walker; two sisters, Arline Icenhower and Kathy Vallee; and one granddaughter, Kyarah Puckett.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Walker; two sons, Joshua Walker and Christopher Puckett and daughter-in-law, Teresa; four grandchildren, Selena Hanson, Sarah Puckett, Kyarra Puckett and Christopher James Puckett, Jr.; one sister, Brenda Durham Lewis; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Ernie Walker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Daisy, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Darwin Kenneth Bagnall

Darwin Kenneth Bagnall, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, January 31, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 6, 1938 in Conneaut, Ohio.  Mr. Bagnall was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was  retired from the plastic industry, was a proprietor of Pine Bowl Bowling Center and Big D’s Pizza of De Queen, Arkansas.  He was most devoted to The League Bowlers.

Mr. Bagnall was preceded in death by his parents, Mont S. Bagnall, Jr. and Esther L. Sheifelbein; one sister, Doris Bagnall; his uncle, Kenneth Bagnall and grandson, David Robert Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, ConnieJo Smith Bagnall; one daughter and son-in-law, JerriLee and Gary Owen; one son and daughter-in-law, David and April Smith; his mother-in-law, Jo Nell Blakeley; his brother-in-law and wife, Roger and Sharen Smith; one sister, Donna Craigo; one grandson, Gunnar Smith; one granddaughter, Destiny Smith; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Alyse; and a number of nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

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

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

 

Clint Cook

Mr. James Clint Cook, age 49, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1970 in Hot Springs and was a 1988 graduate of Kirby High School. He married the love of his life, Renee Lea Boler, in De Queen, and to this union, two children were born. Clint worked at Applied Industrial Technologies for 26 years, serving as General Manager. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker, watching TV, sharing his political views and he loved racing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll and Jessie Cook, Glen and Helen Simmons and Bill Davis; as well as, his father-in-law, Jesse Boler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Renee Cook of De Queen; one son, Shelby Cook of De Queen; one daughter, Sydney Cook and her fiancé Steven Foster of Fouke; three grandchildren, Lilly, Steven and Robert Foster, all of Hot Springs; his parents, Marsha and Kent Morphew of De Queen; his mother-in-law, Linda Boler of De Queen; as well as, aunts, uncles, cousins and all past and present co-workers of Applied Industrial.

Graveside services for Mr. Clint Cook will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Valley Cemetery, Gillham, with Layton Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Trey Wommack, Jeremy Jester, Chuck Mitchell, Darrell Pickett, Allen Wright and Seth Vanhorn.

Betty Ruth Harp Candelaria

Betty Ruth Harp Candelaria, age 90, of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, January 31, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born August 4, 1929, in Hollis, Oklahoma. Mrs. Candelaria was retired from the Campbell Soup Company. She was a member of the Horatio Methodist Church and loved gardening, canning, and playing dominoes. Mrs. Candelaria was a former member of the Rebecca’s in Humble, Texas.

Mrs. Candelaria was preceded in death by her parents, Lacey Leo and Bessie Mae Hall Harp; the father of her children, O.D. “ Opey” Thomas; one son, Walter James Thomas; one daughter, Marsha Lynn Gladden; three sisters, Rachel Paralee Posey, Fern McGowen, and Blanch Odell Tullos; and three brothers, Leo Harp, Z.M. Harp, and John Harp.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Dean (Patricia) Thomas of Horatio and Ira Lee (Jessica) of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and special friend, Nina McCoy, her adopted sister, of Horatio.

Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Candelaria will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020, in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Phil McLarty officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Frances Carol Bailey

Frances Carol Bailey, age 76, of Horatio, Arkansas died Thursday, January 30, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on September 19, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Bailey was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, coloring, and being with family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Rightmire and Doris Wilburn Dalton; her husband, Junior Bailey; and two brothers, Jackie and Bobby Rightmire.

She is survived by five sons, Lonnie Bailey of Horatio, Johnny (Bessie) Bailey of Horatio, Danny (Emmy) Bailey of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Billy Bailey of Horatio, and Steven (Erica) Bailey also of Horatio; two brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon and Joe Edward Righmire; one sister, Barbara Rightmire of Horatio; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

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

 

 

Pauline McRae

Pauline McRae, age 93, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Pink Bud Nursing Facility in Greenwood, Arkansas.

She was born on January 25, 1927, in Horatio, Arkansas to George and Mamie (Wilson) Reynolds.  She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ for over 70 years.

Mrs. McRae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter on January 10, 2001; one daughter, Carol Myers; one son, Dwayne McRae and a sister, Laura Varner.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana G. and Jerry Wilkins of Booneville, Arkansas and Connie and Charles Walters of Ft. Smith; seven grandchildren, Tracy Kidder, Shane Myers, Michael Wilkins, Tera Hicks, Sarah Stewart, Shannon Walters and April Davis; seven great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. McRae will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the De Queen Church of Christ with Toney Stowers officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until service time, Saturday, February 1st at the church.

 

Natividad Zamora Mayo

Mrs. Natividad Zamora Mayo, age 61, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

She was born to David Zamora and Flaviana Mayo on September 8, 1958 in Guerrero, Mexico. She married the love of her life, Mario Gutierrez Navarrete, on August 22, 1976 in Mexico. She was a homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. She enjoyed shopping, listening to music, cooking, gardening, traveling and taking pictures, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law, Mario Cisneros.

She is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Mario Gutierrez Navarrete of De Queen; three sons, David Ramos and his wife Blanca Estela Flores of Mexico, Mario Gutierrez and his wife Ana D. Gutierrez of Horatio and Fidel Gutierrez and his wife Maria E. Tapia of De Queen; three daughters, Neybi Cisneros of De Queen, Natividad Olvera and her husband Roberto of Horatio, Yessenia Velasquez and her husband Eduardo of Pine Bluff; 17 grandchildren; one sister, Honoria Gatica of Mexico; one brother, Sebastian Aparicio of Mexico; two nephews, Misael Suarez and Felix Guzma Gatica, both of Atlanta, Georgia; two nieces, Rosario Guzman, also of Atlanta, and Georgina Guzma of Mexico; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Natividad Zamora Mayo will be held at Noon, Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Public viewing and Rosary will be from 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, until service time Thursday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

James Pond

Mr. James D. Pond, age 41, resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Horatio.

He was born to Earl Leroy and Patsy Ann Martin Pond on August 28, 1978 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He was a Shade-tree Mechanic and enjoyed building small toys, spending time outdoors and leaving his mark wherever he could, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his daughters and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Pond; one brother, Jason Pond; maternal grandparents, Virgil and Marie Martin; and his paternal grandparents, James Walter and Laverne Pond.

He is survived by three daughters, Summer Pond, Winter Pond and Autumn Fullerton, all of Horatio, and their mother, Chavon Pond, also of Horatio; his mother, Patsy Cockrum of Horatio; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Cynthia Gregory and Melissa and Jake Atwood, all of Horatio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. James Pond will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Harmony Cemetery, New Hope, Arkansas, with Bro. Travis Young officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Joe Helms

Joe Helms passed away peacefully at his home on January 25, 2020.

Joe was born May 9th,1960, in Sevier County Arkansas to Bobby and Hazel Helms. He was raised in Gillham, Arkansas and graduated from Wickes High School in 1978. He was currently residing in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Joe is survived by his dad, Bobby Helms; his wife, Janice Helms; five children and (spouses), Alicia Ramage (Rick), Jared Helms (Nicole), Leslie Gentry, Emily Hickson, Jeremy Hickson (Desiree); nine grandkids, Braden and Lilly Gentry, Gracie and Tye Ramage, Isaac, Kaden, and Marianna Helms, and Coraline and Madeline Hickson. Joe is also survived by his sister Jan Gilbert (Don); and brothers, Robert and Don Helms; and multiple nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his two Labrador fur babies, Pepper and Sage. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Helms and sister, Sharon Helms.

Joe was a farmer for over 30 years before stepping into the insurance and sales businesses. He and his wife were members of Mineral Springs Church of Christ. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a devoted husband who enjoyed traveling with his wife on adventures such as Tuna fishing off the coast of Washington to hitching a ride with Pirates in the blue waters of the Bahamas. He was a beloved Dad and Joe Pops who taught the grandkids the definition of white knuckles while riding in the Jet foot up Little River, encouraged them to face their fears while jumping off Cat Rock or lighting a bomb in the homemade potato launcher and catching the hot potato. He also enjoyed passing on sketchy hunting skills and his love of guns and tactical applications. Joe believed no garden was worth having unless it was large enough to share the fruits of your labor with your neighbor and margaritas are always a good idea. He was famous for his fried fish, steaks over an open flame, and his crawfish boils your belly would remember for days. Joe was a friend to all he met and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all he knew.

Funeral services for Joe will be held at 2:00 p.m., January 28, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial will follow in Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg.

The family will recieve friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday the 27th at the funeral home.

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

Dionicio Lopez

Mr. Dionicio Lopez Alcocer, age 60, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs.

He was born to Isauro Lopez and Delfina Alcocer on December 26, 1959 in Mexico. He worked on the family’s ranch in Mexico and later worked for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen having 40 years service. He married Jakeline Espinoza Gutierrez, whom he loved dearly, on November 27, 2017 in De Queen. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; three brothers, Balberto, Estaban and Juan Lopez; sisters, Victoria Lopez and two infant sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Jakeline Espinoza Gutierrez of De Queen; one son, Richard Lopez of De Queen; one daughter, Norma Lopez Rodriguez of Mexico; nine grandchildren; his mother, Delfina Vidal Lopez Alcocer of  De Queen; three brothers and spouses, Francisco and Senoria Lopez, Vincente Lopez and Eladio and Lisa Lopez; four sisters, Baulbina, Eusebia, Alberta and Ambrosia Lopez; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Dionicio Lopez will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the St. Barbara Catholic Church, De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Public viewing and Rosary will be from Noon, Tuesday, January 28th, until service time Wednesday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Barbara Ann Proffer

Barbara Ann Proffer, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas went to be in her Saviors arms on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

She was born August 5, 1944, in De Queen to David and Clarice Rumph. Mrs. Proffer was a devoted Christian and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed helping others and listening to her Christian music. She had a beautiful talent for writing poems. She cherished spending time with her daughter, all of her grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Proffer was preceded in death by her parents, David “Doc” Rumph and Clarice Mae Lacy; her sister, Patricia Enovoldson; her special cousin, Lavonne Wolcott.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory two daughters, Lucretia Hodge and Michelle Georgina; two sons, Nathan Lyle and Marvin Daniel; two grandchildren, LaShelle Story and Shelby Story; four great grandchildren, Briana, Jaylon, Adriana and Eddie; two sisters, Peggy Honea of De Queen, Arkansas and Joyce Nolen of Austin, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place W #230, Landover, MD 20785.

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

 

B. R. “Jack” House

B. R. “Jack” House, age 95, of Dierks, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020.

He was born on August 2, 1924, in Brushy, the son of Joel Ernest House and Martha Ida Pinkerton House.  On April 14, 1984, he was married to Dorothea House.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alene House; two sons, Larry House and Kevin House; his parents; one brother, Doyle House; and two sisters, Winnie Matthews and Nora Faye Pate.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Bissell Chapel Church.  He was employed with Phillips Petroleum for over thirty-five years until his retirement.  One of his proudest memories was his twenty-five years he served as the Adult Sunday School teacher for the Holiness Church of Stinnett, Texas.  He enjoyed fishing, working in his many gardens and especially loved to sing and play his guitar and harmonica, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Jack was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and friend, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  He has truly left his family with a wonderful legacy of cherished memories for all to hold in their hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea House of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Rhonda House of Langley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Don Schenk of Stinnett, Texas, Barbara and Scott Chambers and Joan and Joe Isham, all of Dierks; nineteen grandchildren, Chandra Budd, Lacy Schwab, Terry House, Brandon House, Scott House, Rodney Bell, Candy Bell, Robert Bell, Danielle Crawford, Jessica Cowart, Jami Mosley, Tiffany Smith, Jonathan Isham, Kara Moore, Stephanie Wrye, Jesse Wyre, Daniel Chambers, Samantha Chambers and Billy Chambers; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 24, 2020, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood with Jonathan Isham and Chaplain Mark Miller officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Interment will be in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and staff of Dierksen Hospice of Texarkana.

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

 

Mr. David Gutierres

Mr. David Paul Gutierres, age 47, resident of Benton, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

He was the second of three children born to John H., Sr., and Laura June Blurton Gutierres on September 29, 1972 in Dallas, Texas. On February 17, 2018, David married Natasha Lynn Hollowell, whom he dearly loved. He was a member of the Horatio First Assembly of God and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leah Grace Gutierres.

He is survived by his loving wife, Natasha Gutierres of Benton; one daughter, Briana Corine Gutierres of Horatio; two sons, David Hayden Gutierres of Waco, Texas and Mason Snearly of Benton; one brother, John H. Gutierres, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Mount Pleasant; one sister, Sharon Willis and her husband Coy of Horatio; nieces and nephews, Faith Willis, Levi Nottingham, Garret Nottingham, Cassia Gutierres, Abby Gutierres and Josh Gutierres; an aunt, Helen Fox and her husband John of Tyler, Texas; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. David Gutierres will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 25, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 24th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Ray Shickles

Mr. William Raymond “Ray” Shickles, age 81, resident of Ashdown, passed from this life on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

He was ninth of eleven children born to Chester E. and Sina Marie Smith Shickles on March 10, 1938 in Naylor, Missouri. Ray married the love of his life, JoAnn Mary Brophy, on June 6, 1969 in Rockford, Illinois. He proudly served with the United States Army and later received an Associates Degree from Rock Valley College in Rockford. He worked as a Tax Preparer, spending over 50 years in the Accounting business and once owned Shickles Tax Service. He enjoyed story telling and once fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Jeffery Call; four brothers, Carson, Chester, Clyde and Joseph Shickles; two sisters, Gladys Creach and Zeta Brannum; and one brother-in-law, Harold Paris.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 50 years, JoAnn Shickles of Ashdown; four daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Marie Ditus (Geral) of Wellington, Colorado, Traci Lynn Call of Rockford, Illinois, Cherie Ann Barfield (Mike) of Gillham and Robin Renee Dorsey (Mark) of De Queen; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, Blake, Kyle, Casey, Shelby, Lindsey and Lucas; fifteen great-grandchildren; four sisters and their spouses, Velma Paris of Rockford, Illinois, Martha Woods (Ron) of Doniphan, Missouri, Marjorie York (Dan) of Rockford, Illinois hazel Pickering of Gladstone, Missouri; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Per his request, services will not be scheduled. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Curtis Cox

Mr. Curtis Emerson Cox, age 79, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2020, in a Texarkana hospital.

He was born to Milton Fred and Minnie Mildred Emerson Cox on May 3, 1940 in Sevier County, Arkansas. Curtis was a 1958 graduate of the De Queen High School and attended the University of Arkansas on a football scholarship. Prior to high school graduation, Curtis was selected to play on the 1958 Arkansas High School All-Star Football Team and proudly served with the Army National Guard. He was a starting Linebacker for the Arkansas Razorback from 1959 to 1961. He also played as Runningback and he proudly wore #31. Curtis married the love of his life, Donna Jane Allen, on March 18, 1965 in De Queen. He worked for Southwest Arkansas REA for 42 years. He started his career as a Lineman and finished the last 15 years as District Manager. He was a Mason, member of Masonic Lodge 461 in De Queen, and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He held many offices and received the “Pillars of Solomon” award in 2008. He was the former Scout Master for De Queen Troop 55 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, cooking and spending time outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leroy Cox and Dwayne Cox; and one sister, Willie Jean Simer.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Donna Cox of De Queen; one son, Keith Allen Busby and his wife Vicki of Kirby; one daughter, Carla Jane Shelton and her husband Buddy of De Queen; three grandchildren, Bryan Scott Shelton and his wife Ashley of De Queen, Randall Eric Shelton and his wife Ashley of Mulberry and Callie Jane Busby of Kirby; one great-grandson, Jaxon Ty Shelton of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Curtis Cox will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 19, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, January 18th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Claudette Cubit Alvarez

Mrs. Claudette Lonjae Cubit Alvarez, age 46, resident of Springdale, Arkansas and former resident of De Queen, went to meet her Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born to Walter Gene and Charlotte Marie Hill Cubit on March 24, 1973 in De Queen. She was a 1991 graduate of Wright city high School and later received her CNA license from a Springdale area college. She married the love of her life, David Oswaldo Alvarez on February 6, 2004 in Fayetteville. Claudette had a heart of a caretaker and spent many years of her life helping others at the Northwest Medical Center in Northwest Arkansas. While she loved her work in the medical field, shortly before Claudette became ill, she made a career change which brought her great joy. She was an avid fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Tennessee Volunteers. She was a member of the FIrst Baptist Church in Wright City and enjoyed helping others, opening her home to her family and friends, fishing and gardening, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Cubit, and an uncle, Richard Hill.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, David Alvarez of Springdale; her mother, Charlotte Cubit of De Queen; two brothers, Walter Cubit, Jr. of Springdale and Bobo Stafford of Eagletown; two sisters, Paula Cubit and Naudi Powell, both of De Queen; her grandmother, Dixie Hill of De Queen; five nephews, Walterius Richard, Tyrone Cubit, Zaquavion Richard, Kyzier Fricks and Tarius Richard; eight nieces, Margaret Parker, Mya Parker, Kiara Baker, Jaquasha Richard, Jasmeen Cubit, Haylinn Mills, Tari Richard and Zariyah Wootton; seven aunts, Catherine Jordan (Charlie), Carolyn Young, Teresa Hill, Hazel Swift (Leroy), Sequtia Hill, Dorothy Elder (Robert) and Brenda Pennon; five uncles, Dwight Cubit (Evangeline), Lonnie Watson, Bobby Hill, Steve Hill and Clifford Hill; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Claudette Cubit Alvarez will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 18, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Sis. Sherry Grant officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home,  De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 17th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

James Arnold Jordan

Mr. James Arnold Jordan, age 75, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Foreman, died Monday, January 13, 2020, in De Queen.

He was born in Millerton, Oklahoma, on October 25, 1944 and was a graduate of Valliant High School. He worked as a truck driver and was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reg Jordan and Bettie Catherine Hester and Sam Curtis and Verda Tidwell Jordan; one son, Curtis Dean Jordan; two grandsons, Cody Jordan and Calvin James Woods; two stepsons, Ronnie Thorsby, and Rusty Thorsby; his wife, Jeanetta Val Jordan; one brother, Paul Jordan; and two sisters, Tommie Jordan Holman and Mary Jo Jordan.

He is survived by five daughters and a son-in-law, Renisa Thomas of Oklahoma City, Lisa Lopez of Broken Bow, Cathy Day of Horatio, Margie Shaw of Crossroads, and Carrie and Rudy Rivas of De Queen; fourteen grandchildren, Leticia Silva and Gloria Silva Bridges, both of Oklahoma City, Sammy Lee Lopez and Tevin Woods both of Broken Bow, Brittany Shaw, Scotty Shaw, Jessyca Hernandez and Hunter Day all of De Queen, Robin Jordan of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Seaerra Jordan of Hugo, Jerry Curtis Tabor of Haworth, Rustin Thorsby of Arizona, Carter Rivas and Elaina Rivas both of De Queen; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Jordan and Duskin Jordan; four sisters, Doris Jordan Farmer, Jerri Jordan Rice, Linda Jordan Anselmo and Shannon Jordan Gann; a special friend, Glenda Glover McDonald; as well as, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. James Jordan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the First Baptist Church, Garvin, Oklahoma, with Jack Jordan, David Jordan and Jerri Rice officiating. Burial will be held at the Garvin Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Joyce Ann Bailey Hall

Joyce Ann Bailey Hall, age 80, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in Plano, Texas.

She was born September 24, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Chapel of the Pines Baptist Church in Hochatown, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lester and Josie Ann Chandler Bailey; her husband, Cephis Hall; three brothers, Walter Lester, Jr. “Buck” Bailey, Clarmon Bailey, and Virgil Lee Bailey; and one sister, Johnnie Lou Bailey-Benton-Turner.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, April DeFoor of De Queen and Kirk DeFoor of Horatio, Arkansas and Angela and Michael Wilson of Andover, Kansas; one son and daughter-in-love, Alan and LaChanna Hall of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Marissa DeFoor, Connor Wilson and Bailey Ann Elizabeth Hall; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hall will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Crow officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 10th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Mrs. Eugenia Lee Walker

Mrs. Eugenia Lee Walker went to be with her Lord and Savior the morning of January 4, 2020, in De Queen. Mrs. Walker was born to Altie and Gertis Walker in Tupelo, Mississippi on June 24, 1934.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister Vicki Walker, and one grandson Christopher Joe Cowan.

She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Kenneth and Janice Walker; her sister Daris Witt; sister and brother in law, Betty and Paul Stroud, and a brother in law LC “Uncle T” Martin. Three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Pam Gentry, Eddie and Tamela Gentry, and Bruce and Donna Cranfill. She also had two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Rick Cowan and Marta and Andy Ridge. She had 11 grandchildren, Ray Gentry, Temple Gentry, Rhayne Cassatt and husband David, LaRhett Tribble and husband Trey, Jamie Cowan and wife Mary, Aaron Whisenhunt, Reagan Ridge, Zoe’ Ridge, Derrick Dees and wife Angela, Darrin Dees and wife Kera, Whitney Kelly and husband Sean; 20 great grandchildren; a special friend, Virginia Wade Anderson; as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Walker was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church Foreman, AR, who enjoyed spending time with her family and church families. She was also an avid antiquer which she enjoyed doing with many special friends. She loved socializing and really kept up with the town business before entering Bear Creek Nursing Home. Mamaw, as she was so well known, was known for the way she kept her home, so eloquent and inviting, even after losing a lot of mobility. From her frequent walks to Perry Young’s grocery and her calls to the local Dollar General in Foreman to find out where the sirens were, she always was a step ahead at keeping up. She loved gospel music and loved to hear her loved ones sing. Some of her favorite songs were “Ain’t No Grave” and “Who Put the Tears,” as well as, many others we sing every day.

Losing a loved one to death is hard but losing them twice, to Alzheimer’s and then death is excruciating. Mother, Mamaw or Mrs. Jeanie may not be in this world any longer, but she’s regained her mind, her strength and she’s with all of those gone before.

Final services for Mrs. Walker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 10, 2020 in the Little River Community Church at Billingsley’s Corner with Bro. Richard Wade and Bro. Jamie Cowan officiating. Burial will follow at Pauley Cemetery in the Jewell Community, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Family visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

John Milburn Tidwell

John Milburn Tidwell died peacefully on January 4, 2020 at the age of 93 in Mena, Arkansas, surrounded by family and friends. John was born on June 29, 1926 in the home on the county line between Polk and Howard County.

John was an admired building contractor and farmer. As a loving husband, he also filled the roles of the best father, grandfather, and great grandfather with pride. He often enjoyed spending time with Imogene and his family, camping and fishing on Arkansas lakes and actively serving as a member of Vandervoort Baptist Church. John will be remembered for his hard work, ethics, perseverance and service to God and country.

In the spring of 1945 John joined the military. He served in the U. S. Army, assigned to the 24th Infantry, 21st Regiment Company D. After six weeks of training, John went into active duty at Mindanao in the Philippines until the end of WWII in 1945. John was a master sergeant commanding over 200 men. Most nights he survived in a foxhole with bullets whizzing overhead. After the war, John returned to Alabama as a drill instructor. In 1946-47, John was stationed on Kumamoto, Kyushu, an island of Occupied Japan, as Headmaster of the U.S. Military School. His wife, Imogene, joined him while in Japan. His service to his country was of utmost importance to John.

Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. on January 7, 2020 at Crystal Hill Cemetery, Wickes, AR with James Squires officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, January 6th at the funeral home

John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Imogene Gentry Tidwell; parents, William and Deloma White Tidwell; four sisters, Ester Sutton, Bessie Barnes, Eldora Johnson, and Zelma Fowler; two brothers, Jim Tidwell and Marvin Tidwell; and a loving granddaughter, Amber CarLeigh Morris.

John is survived by two daughters, Patricia Towry (Charles) and Paula Dickerson (Merle); one son, Mitchell Tidwell (Laurie); one sister, Eugenia Woodruff; ten grandchildren, Shauna Gilbraith (Scott), Brad Lyle (Linda), Melissa Birchfield (Micah), Maralyn Faulkenberry (Stacy) Tamara Campbell, Jon Tidwell, Amy Tadlock, Brad Gentry (Haley), Briony Jenkins (Chad), Brentley Morris; twenty-six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Special caregiver, Sondra McCarley.

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

Kathleen Mary Butler Warren

Kathleen Mary Butler Warren, age 75, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, January 3, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 2, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church and was a retired LPN.

Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her parents, William Butler and Marion Boyle Carson and one brother, James Butler.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Foreman and David Litchford of Horatio, Arkansas and Carrie Foreman also of Horatio, Arkansas; one son, Kevin Foreman of Arkinda; and eight grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, and two nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Warren will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Kern Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Fischer officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Ronald “Bimbo” Dwayne King

Ronald “Bimbo” Dwayne King, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 2, 2020, at home in Lockesburg.

He was born March 15, 1953, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ronald was a musician, logger, and owner of Superior Lawn Care. He was a Christian and loved fishing and hunting. Ronald was also a drummer in several bands including: Billy Ratliff Band, Fred Searcy Band, Locked and Loaded, Pulce, Bittersweet, Haywire, and Rocking Horse.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents, Berten Braley and Ora Faye Gore King and one brother, Berten Braley King, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Sally King; one daughter, Jessica King of Texarkana, Arkansas; three sons, Shaun King  and wife Tanya of California, Brandon King of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Greg King of Florida; two step-daughters, Shelly Chilcoat and Peggy Powell both of Lockesburg; two step-sons, Bobby Parson and wife Sylvia and Cecil Parson also of Lockesburg; two sisters, Kathy King of Lockesburg and Cheryle Altenbaumer and husband Marty of Ashdown, Arkansas; one brother, Dale King and wife Tracy of Van Buren, Arkansas; and a number of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020, at the Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg with Ann Holley and Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

at the age of 92 years old. She was a loving, caring, and kind mother and grandmother. She enjoyed visits from her family, family meals, reading, cooking, watching hummingbirds, tending to her flower beds, playing card games, sister trips, walking, and singing songs to her grandchildren.

Her death is proceeded by her spouse, Hollis Everette Martz; her son, Bobby Martz; her sisters, Noreen Martz, Goldya Knox, and Stella Middleton; and her brother, Garner Sharp.

She is survived by her children, Hollis Martz (Trudy Martz), Jetty Caple (Marvin Caple), Phil Martz (Pam Martz), Anita Helms (Kem Helms) and James Martz; her siblings, Willard Sharp, Betty Henderson, Ollie Taggart, and Gil Sharp; Twenty-two grandchildren and forty-four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Mrs. Iva White

Mrs. Iva Ra-Karole Poole White, age 44, resident of Texarkana, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Horace Gene and Deborah Odetta Haley Poole on December 29, 1975 in Texarkana. Iva received her Masters of Science in Accounting from Liberty University and worked as an Internal Auditor for Red River Federal Credit Union in Texarkana. She married the love of her life, David Lawrence White, on June 18, 1994 in Nash, Texas. She enjoyed crafts, shopping and entertaining, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Garland Ra-Chelle Poole; and one sister-in-law, Nancy Poole.

Iva leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 26 years, David White of Texarkana; their children, Breagan Destinee Ra-Chelle Negron and husband Victor Jose Negron of Texarkana, David Courland White and wife Jennifer Lynn White of Ashdown and Morgan Emily White of Texarkana; one step-daughter, Rachael Dawn White of Ashdown; six grandchildren, Easton, Adalyn, Calliope, Lillie, Tempest and Beauman; four brothers, Harold Poole of South Carolina, Jerry Poole and wife Ruth of Oregon, Horace Poole, Jr. and wife Tiffani of Genoa, Arkansas and Zachary Poole of Texarkana; one sister, Lisa Poole of Texarkana; as well as, one niece, Haley Alexis Ra-Chelle Poole; the Patterson family; other relatives and friends.

Private Services for Mrs. Iva White will be held at Millwee Cemetery, Horatio. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Betty Fern Rink Culp

Mrs. Betty Fern Rink Culp, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 26, 1938 in De Queen. She was a machinist, retired from  Baldwin Piano and Sevier County Courthouse. She loved reading, traveling, entering contests and going to the casino.

Mrs. Culp was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Lee and Betty Ann Cook Rink; her husband, Harley Culp; one son, Autry Lee Avery; one brother, Virgil “Bud” Rink; and two infant brothers, Arthur Lee Rink and Charles Davis Rink;

She is survived by one son, Allan Avery of De Queen; one daughter, Terri Willmon of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlene and “Cop” Bush of Wilton, Arkansas and M.V. “Doodle” and Jerry Boykin of Lockesburg, Arkansas; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family from the Dallas area.

Funeral services for Mrs. Culp will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in the Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

John Edward Grubbs

Mr. John Edward Grubbs, age 33, a resident of Kennedy, Texas formerly of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at his home.

He was born December 3, 1986, in Hope, Arkansas. He was a pipeline welder in the Texas oilfields. John was a Christian, and loved to hunt and fish. He was a graduate of Dierks High School where he played football.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Grady and Pauline Grubbs and James and Barbara Gustic.

John is survived by his father and step-mother, Ricky Dan and Angelene Grubbs of Delight, Arkansas; his mother, Dorothy Mae Gustic Grubbs of Dierks; one brother, Michael Grubbs of Dierks; three step-brothers, Daniel Nolen, Cameron Couch, and Dalton Franks; one step sister, Rebecca Nolen; his dog, Rocky; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Graveside funeral services for John will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020, at Dierks Cemetery with Jaron Tipton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

A general viewing will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Barbara O’Neal Crawford

Mrs. Barbara O’Neal Gray Crawford, age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, June 29, 2020 in Dierks.

She was born November 29, 1935 in Cameron, Texas. She was a homemaker and attended Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg. She loved kids, sewing, painting and crafts.

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents, William Vanderbilt and Mary Helen Lundy Gray; her husband, J.B. Allen Crawford; and two daughters, Janice Castillo and Barbara Jane Crawford; two brothers, Charles Gray, Sr.  and William Billy Gray and two sisters, Helen Virginia Gray Woods and Mary Helen Lucille Lowry.

She is survived by six daughters, Lynn John of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jazmine Roberts and husband William of Lockesburg, Jackie Johnson of New Boston, Texas, Sandy White of De Queen, Arkansas, Mary Helen Miles Nichols of Abilene, Texas, and Wendelynn Gay Miles Dutton of Midland, Texas; a number of grandchildren, her special grandchildren, Charles and Jennifer Clifton, Kassie and Keith Wade and Liam and Necie Roberts; special great grandchildren, Shyloe Harvey, Jacob Clifton, Sienna Claire Wade and Madison Paige Wade; and a number of other great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crawford will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg with Bro. Levi Browning officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

To ensure everyone’s safety a face covering is suggested at the church.

Elizha Tukai “Kai” Leeper

Elizha Tukai “Kai” Leeper, age 15, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born January 16, 2005 in Texarkana, Texas.  He was a Christian and attended Mineral Springs High School.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, making music and playing football.

Kai was preceded in death by his Mamaw, Betty Crow; great-grandma, Edna Collier and great-grandpa, David Collier.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Carl Lavell Leeper and April Summers-Leeper of Mineral Springs, AR; his mother and step-father, LaBetha Crow Patterson and Greg Patterson of Provo, AR; one sister, Sadie Leeper; one brother, Lenny Leeper both of Provo, AR; sister-in-love, Morgan Spray; three step-brothers, James Summers Smith, Justin Summers, Jordan Summers; one step-sister, Jasmin Summers all of Mineral Springs, AR; his Papa, Kenneth Crow of Provo, his Nana, Easter Leeper of Nashville, AR, his PawPaw, Ronnie Flowers of Washington, AR; grandparents, Carl and Jonnie Leeper of Antoine, AR; his aunts and uncles, Rudy and Linda Hatridge of Wilton, AR, Rhonda and Perry Small of Conway, AR, Robyn Hatridge of Texarkana, Sheila Marts of Stigler, OK, Denise Glenn of Nashville, TN, Yvonne “Chef Mo” Leeper of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Theresa Flowers of Little Rock, AR, Dawntish Flower of Nashville, AR and Tierra Trotter of Texarkana, AR and a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Kai will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday July 4, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville with his Godfather, Pastor Jamie Erby officiating, Bro. Jerrel Helms reading scripture and Bro. Tommy Halsell, prayer. Private Burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing at the church will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July the 4th.

General viewing will be held from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 3rd at the funeral home in De Queen.

To ensure everyone’s safety a face covering will be required at the funeral home and church.

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

Mr. Tony Morris

Mr. Tony Morris, age 84, resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Cecil R. Bomar Rehabilitation Center in Nacogdoches.

Born July 6, 1935, in Decatur, Texas, to Bessie Evel Pruett Morris and Jesse Lee Morris, Tony grew up in north Texas and lived most of the first half of his life there. After two years at North Texas State University, he volunteered for the army and served stateside for two years during the Korean conflict. He was married to Dorothy Jamie Fowler from 1955 until her death in 1971; they had two daughters, Debra and Kathleen, who survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dona Kay Morris, who passed away in November 2019. His parents and both his siblings, Joe and Jaytha Morris, also preceded him in death. Along with Kathleen and Debra, he is survived by Dona’s three children, Rebecca, Kevin, and Jennifer, as well as eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, numerous members of the extended family, and his faithful dog Spike.

Tony’s first jobs as a preteen and teen were pumping gas at his father’s service station and wrapping butter at the dairy in Decatur. He worked in electrical engineering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 1950s and 1960s and in the construction business in the 1970s. In 1977, he and Dona moved to DeQueen, Arkansas, where he built their home – as he said, “drove almost every nail in it” — on 20 acres of woods. There he worked as a roofing contractor and drove a school bus, experimented with raising goats and rabbits, and became a successful gardener who learned to can fresh produce. He and Dona were active members of DeQueen Church of Christ for 37 years. He was an avid fisherman and played banjo, guitar, and dobro with a bluegrass band in DeQueen, dabbling as well in mandolin and fiddle music.

Tony will be remembered for his fierce independence and ready grin, his unshakable faith and loyalty to friends and family, and his endless supply of corny jokes and useful aphorisms.

Graveside Services for Mr. Tony Morris will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 6, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, with Toney Stowers, Minister, officiating. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Appleby Church of Christ (10316 FM 941, Nacogdoches, TX 75965), where he was a member, or to the charity of your choice.

Florence Oleta Metcalf

Mrs. Florence Oleta Pettigrew Metcalf, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 11, 1941 in Horatio. She was a seamstress, served on the Sevier County Library Board and was a member of Williamson Community Church. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family.

Mrs. Metcalf was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo Pettigrew and Sybel Irvan Young; her husband, Jerry W. Metcalf, Sr.; and a brother, Alonzo Pettigrew.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerel Byrd of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Metcalf, Jr. and Lisa of Stonewall, Louisiana, Ricky and Nancy Metcalf of Juneau, Alaska and Joe Metcalf of  Richland, Washington; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Annitta and David Perks of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Marilyn Jo and Warren Adcock of Farmington, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Robbie and Carletta Pettigrew of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, Rindy Swafford, Ashley Metcalf, Candice Metcalf, Rebecca Davis, Alicia Metcalf, Meghan Byrd and Leah Byrd; and a number of beloved great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Janet Selman Ross

Janet Selman Ross, age 87, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Friday, June 26, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born February 27, 1933, in Kingsland, Arkansas. Mrs. Ross was the owner of J&J Value Pack and Gator Inn in Foreman and Mid-way Grocery in Tom, Oklahoma. She was also a hairdresser and worked at Walmart. Mrs. Ross was a member of the First Baptist Church of Foreman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Beatrice Mosley Selman; her husband, Ned Ross; and two brothers, Bob Selman and Jackie Selman.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Wendi and Hugh Phillips of Foreman and Cynthia and David Miller of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Butch and Cindy Ross and Michael Ross all of Foreman; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Sylvia Selman of Hector, Arkansas and Chick and Wanda Selman of Hot Springs; one sister-in-law, Pat Selman of El Dorado, Arkansas; 16 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ross will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, at Dollarhide Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

There will be a general visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Peggy Jo Lewis Bivins

Peggy Jo Lewis Bivins, age 87, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Friday, June 26, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Tom and Vivian Lewis on August 3, 1932, in Little River County, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended Northern Hills Baptist Church of Texarkana.

Mrs. Bivins was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Alexander Bivins and one brother, Jack Lewis.

Left to cherish her memory are one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Joyce Bivins of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter, Mary Monte of Little Rock, Arkansas; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bivins will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Gravelly Cemetery Pavilion with Roger Copeland officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held 20 minutes prior to the service.

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

Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr.

Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr., age 71, resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Monday, June 22, 2020 in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Guadalupe Jacobo Estrada and Maria Felix on January 22, 1949 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Benjamin married the love of his life, Blanca Estela Jacobo Trevino, on June 13, 1976 in Mexico. He worked construction for Butler Construction Company and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bernice Jacobo; one granddaughter, Louisa Camilla Jimenez; and siblings, Francisco, Ester, Maria Luisa and Guadalupe.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 44 years, Blanca Jacobo Trevino; his children, Benjamin Jacobo Marinez, Yadira Jacobo, Yvette Bravo, Benjamin Jacobo and wife Diana, Brenda Eunice Jimenez and husband Raul, Mirna Jacobo and husband Henry Ruiz, Jackeline Jacobo and Luis Javier Jacobo; fifteen grandchildren, Joaquin, Diego, Dominique and husband Raekwon A. Brown, Monique, Matilda, Benjamin III, Nathan, Raul Jr., Annette Michelle, Jazmine Lani, Thomas, Jesse, Marianne Lee, Jacob Isaiah, and Jancarlo; two great-grandchildren, River Lynn and Jasiah; siblings, Adela, Raul, Rasario, Ramon, Benarda, Maria and Rosa; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Benjamin Jacobo, Sr., will be announced at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Rev. Roger Dale Harris

Rev. Roger Dale Harris was born August 21, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas to Arlis and Flora (Mounts) Harris.  He passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Roger was proud of the fact he was raised “Southern Old School”, being taught respect for all of people.  He was a hard worker, starting at a young age and continuing throughout his life. He graduated from De Queen High School in 1969, serving as class president both junior and senior year.  He then went on to college cementing his love of baseball, playing all four years, earning degrees in Physical Education and English.  He planned to be a high school baseball coach, which he did, winning a league championship in his first year.  He soon realized it’s tough to make a living on a high school baseball coach’s salary.  Roger became Rev. Roger on April 29, 1984.  He preached and pastored at four churches in Arkansas for 19 years.  During that time he received several awards for his work with the youth of the community, he worked as a counselor at a juvenile holding facility and founded what would become the largest high school Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Arkansas.  During this time he also was involved with working with the United States Marshals office working undercover trying to help the local drug problem in southwest Arkansas.  This eventually caused his relocation to Wisconsin, where he served at the Pastor of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth for just over 8 years.  Roger was an avid Cubs fan, being lucky enough to see his Cubs win the World Series.  Go Cubs Go!

Pastor Roger is survived by his daughter Helena Harris; grandchildren Madalynn and Trace Bramlett; his sister Vicki (Robert) Peek from Arkansas; his special companion Brenda Wenger as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He will be missed by many people both in Wisconsin and Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jewell (Thompson); and daughter Amanda Harris.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 in Walworth, Wisconsin, under the direction of Toynton Funeral Home of Walworth.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, June 29, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Thomas Edward McWhorter

Thomas Edward McWhorter, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born November 14, 1936, in Lockesburg. Mr. McWhorter was a logger and a truck driver. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Lockesburg where he also taught Sunday school.

Mr. McWhorter was preceded in death by his parents, Shannon and Virgie Mae Cox McWhorter; two sisters, Marjorie Liggin and Eleanor Collins; one brother, Jake McWhorter; and one son-in-law, Gregory Sillavan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Smith McWhorter; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda Sillavan of Lockesburg, Sharon and Stanley Hawkins of Avery, Texas, and Kristy and Robert Vallee of Lockesburg; one son, Jason McWhorter and Kelly Sims of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Kay McWhorter of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Leaetta and Dwight Payne also of Lockesburg; eight grandchildren, Amber Pickett, Cameron Sillavan and wife Ginger, Katelyn Sillavan, Hunter Blankenship and wife Kayla, Zachary McWhorter, Rachael Vallee, Bekah Vallee, and Russell Vallee; five great grandchildren; one special nephew, Rod McWhorter; three special nieces, Twyla Nichols, Misty Darley, and Mindy King; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. McWhorter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Ronnie Mayes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23rd at the funeral home.

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

Idell Oma Peterson

Mrs. Idell Oma Ashley Peterson, age 96, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was the eighth of nine children born to Foster Randolf and Oma Cathleen Holder Ashley on November 11, 1923 in De Queen. She married Floyd Peterson on December 12, 1959 in Vallejo, California. Idell was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ and worked for many years as a sales representative for Avon. She enjoyed gardening, bowling, crossword puzzles, reading her bible and deer hunting. Some may remember when Idell made the front page of the De Queen newspaper for harvesting a deer from her kitchen window while in her mid-80s. While she found great joy in her many hobbies, Idell cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 50 years, Floyd Peterson; five sisters, Jessie Hensley, Madge Bettis, Rachel Bettis, Gertie McCauley and Hazel Krudwig; and three brothers, Boyd Ashley, Winfred Ashley and Lillard Ashley.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one step-daughter, Barbara Kozielski of Clovis, California; two step-grandchildren, Robin (Tim) Honeyman of Texarkana and Gene (Amanda) Haynes of Horatio; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in California; three nephews, Charles F. (Alice) Krudwig, David (Rene) Krudwig and Kenneth (Judy) Krudwig, all of De Queen; two nieces, Ester Eades of Cabot, Arkansas and Judy (Tommy) Kennedy of Corinth, Mississippi; numerous great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Idell Peterson will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Crosstrails Cemetery, De Queen, with Ministers Toney Stowers and Charles F. Krudwig officiating. General visitation will be held Tuesday, 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.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during your time at the funeral home. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Pamela Machelle Dillehay

Pamela Machelle Dillehay, 54 of Mineral Springs, Arkansas passed from this life on June 18, 2020. She was born on January 23, 1966 in Nashville, Arkansas to Jerry and Helen Icenhower. Pamela enjoyed painting, photography, babysitting her grandkids, singing and spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful loving mother, Nana and friend who never met a stranger and loved everyone.

Pamela is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Icenhower and two husbands, Phillip Ray Tucker and Michael Dillehay. She leaves behind her mother Helen Icenhower; children Michael Chase Friend (April), Kelly Tracy (Michael), Chad Tucker (Kaylyn); grandchildren Braiden, Evie, Cathryn, Alexis, Michael, Forrest; one brother Kenneth Lynn Icenhower (Jackie); nieces Jeri and Molly and nephew Reid and a host of other loving family and friends.

Due to current health concerns with the Covid virus, all services will be restricted to no more than 50 people in attendance and all who attend will be required to wear a facial covering while in attendance. Any individuals who feel ill are asked to please refrain from attending. Anyone who does not attend due to concerns, the family would like to take you for your prayers during this time.

Visitation will be held from 10-11am on Tuesday, June 23, 2020,  with funeral services to follow at 11am at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 507 Corn Bridge Road, Mineral Springs, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Bluff Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400.

Jose Balmore Herrera

Jose Balmore Herrera, age 73, a resident of Ilobusco, Cabanas, El Salvador died Saturday June 20, 2020, at his daughter’s home in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born April 6, 1947, in Cabanas, El Salvador. He was a Catholic and a farmer. He loved being outdoors, riding horses and spending time with his family. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar.

Mr. Herrera was preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin Ayala and Maria Herrera.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Nery Arias and Mario Mejia; three grandchildren, Ana Mejia, Neri Mejia, and Milagros Mejia all of De Queen.

A private funeral Mass for Mr. Herrera will be held at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Joseph Fredrick Turner, Jr.

Joseph Fredrick Turner, Jr., age 73, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1946, in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a welder and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Turner, Sr. and Mary Lee Hatfield Turner and three brothers, James Turner, Grover Newsome, and Godwin Newsome.

He is survived by one son, Bobby Joe Turner of Texarkana, Arkansas; two daughters, Virginia Lee Smith and Kimberly Moore both of Mineral Wells, Texas; one sister, Virginia Steward of Texarkana, Arkansas; his caregivers, Hank Staggs, Chalin Pillgreen, and Mary Hurst; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Turner will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Gravelly Cemetery with Chaplain Robert Ward officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A special thank you to Encompass hospice.

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

Mrs. Frances Willis

Mrs. Frances Louise Madewell Willis, age 77, resident of Haworth, Oklahoma and former resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at her home.

She was born to John Elmer and Wessie Marie Mooneyham Madewell on August 20, 1942 in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She also worked for Pilgrim’s Pride, formerly Mountaire Poultry, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and attending garage sales, but more than anything, Frances cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Leta Loneman Smith; two sons, Donald Loneman and John Haury; one brother, James Madewell; and one sister, Margie Payne.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Christopher Haury and Cecil Haury, both of De Queen, and James Haury and his wife Christy of Horatio; four daughters, Reta Loneman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Loneman of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Donna Loneman of Springdale, Arkansas and Evelyn Espindola and her husband Jaime of Haworth, Oklahoma; two special grandchildren, whom she raised as her own, Jennifer Haury and Braden Haury, both of Lockesburg; 29 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one son-in-law, Pedro Robles of De Queen; one brother, Cecil Madewell of Dell City, Oklahoma; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Willis will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 20, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Friday, June 19th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the family ask for anyone who plans to attend the visitation or funeral service to please use a face mask or covering. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.READ LESS

Martin Cervantes Rios

Martin Cervantes Rios, age 55, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Friday, June 12, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born November 11, 1964 in San Miguel, Mexico. He was a forklift operator at Jeremy Worthy Enterprise and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Rios was preceded in death by his parents, Esmondo Rios and Leonor Cervantes; his wife, Donna Lou Bond Rios; and a daughter, Martina Raeana Rios.

He is survived by his wife, Blanca Rios; three daughters, Leonor Rios, Gabriela Rios and Karina Lopez; four sons, Kerry Bond, Martin Rios, Eddie Lopez and Noe Lopez; one grandson, Greyson Bond, all of De Queen; and a number of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Rios will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in the Beacon Hill Cemetery pavilion with Alfredo Castro officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 15th at the funeral home.

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

Arturo Luna

Arturo Luna, age 50, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, at his home.

Mr. Luna was born on December 16, 1969, in San Felipe, GTO, Mexico. He worked maintenance for Pilgrims, enjoyed karaoke, telling jokes, gardening, grilling, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Senaida Hernandez Luna.

Mr. Luna is survived by his wife, Graciela Luna; his father,  J. Conception Luna of De Queen, Arkansas; four children, Katie Elizet Luna, Berenice Luna, Gustaro Luna, and Arturo Luna, Jr. all of Horatio; six sisters and six brothers all of Mexico; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

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

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

Mrs. Maria Rodriguez

Mrs. Maria Guadalupe Mendoza Rodriguez, age 69, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, June 7, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born to Jose Carmen and Maria Pilar Ledezma on November 10, 1950 in Weslaco, Texas. Maria worked at Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, starting in 1983, and recently taking retirement. She was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church and enjoyed shopping, cleaning her house, listening to music and flowers, especially white roses, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one grandson, Alejandro Rai Avila; three brothers, Antonio Mendoza, Carmelo Ledezma, Jr., and Manuel Ledezma; and one brother-in-law, Roberto Rodriguez.

She leaves to cherish her memory, six children and their spouses, Sylvia and Rolando Garza of Harlingen, Texas, Cesar Rodriguez of De Queen, Hilda and Pablo Avila of De Queen, Diana and Benjamin Jacobo, Jr. of De Queen, Joe David and Nancy Rodriguez of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Antonia and Jaime Trinidad of De Queen; grandchildren, Aaron and Samuel Garza of Harlingen, Texas, Callie Miranda of De Queen, Kassandra, Tatiana and Angel Avila of De Queen, Dominique Jacobo-Brown of Lakewood, Washington, Monique, Matilda, Benjamin III, and Nathan Jacobo of De Queen, Chloe and Caden Rodriguez of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Isaak Trinidad of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, River Brown of Lakewood, Washington; her parents, Jose and Maria Ledezma; her children’s father, Zeferino Rodriguez of De Queen; her siblings and their spouses, Juana and Manuel Tagle, Cruz Rodriguez, Javier and Juanita Ledezma, Irma and Johnny Grimaldo, Carmen and Jose Garcia, Loudres and Mike Baker, and Jorge Ledezma; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

General viewing will be held from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Thursday, June 11, 2020 and 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering will be required during you time at the funeral home. A limit of 10 individuals will be allowed in the funeral home at a time. Please refrain from touching or hugging and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home.

Flora Isabel Lundi

Flora Isabel Lundi, 92, of Newhope, AR, and formerly of Huntington, IN, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Dierks Health & Rehab, Dierks, AR.

Isabel was born on May 17, 1928, in Greenfield, IN, to Jacob and Ethel (Carrie) Loehr.  Her parents preceded her in death.  She married Jess Lundi on January 21, 1985.  He preceded her in death on February 23, 2009.

Mrs. Lundi was a 1936 graduate of Knights Town High School.  She was a waitress for 40 years at Penguin Point in Huntington and Florida and also at Don’s Truck Stop.   She was a member of the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Arkansas.

Isabel is survived by two sons, Dennis (Peggy) Morgan, Ross (Suzi) Morgan, both of Roanoke, IN; one daughter, Julie (Randal) Ware, Newhope, AR; 20 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Along with her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four sons, David Morgan, Phillip Morgan, Curtis Morgan; McKenzie Morgan; and four siblings.

A Memorial Service will be announced and held in August.

A private burial will be in Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN.

McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, IN is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences:   www.mcelhaneyhartfuneralhome.com

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

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

Mr. Dwane Leslie Baughn

Mr. Dwane Leslie Baughn of Valiant, Ok. died at his home on May 29, 2020. He was born Aug 13, 1958 in Newton , KS to Roy L. and Virginia Jackson Baughn.

The Family moved to Arkansas in 1972 where he attended Horatio School; He was a member of Horatio Church of Christ. Later he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he pursued a career as a master diesel mechanic.

Dwane was preceded in death by his father, maternal & paternal grandparents, and his wife Carolyn Farwater Baughtn.

He is survived by his mother, two daughters, Stepheny Baughn of Nashville, AR, Corey Zimmerman & husband Mike of Green Forest, AR, one son, Roy D. Baughn of E. Peoria, IL, three sisters, Jan Holmes and husband Howard of Benton, AR, Lisa Johnson and husband Archie of De Queen, AR., Belinda Moore and husband Terry of Broken Bow, OK., six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of his mother, Virginia Baughn, in Horatio.

Alberta Garcia Martinez

Mrs. Alberta Garcia Martinez, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 18, 1959, in Tampico, Mexico. She was retired.

Mrs. Garcia was preceded in death by her mother, Ladislada Martinez.

She is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Cynthia Garcia Knight and Steven Ray Knight, Jr., Graciela Garcia, and Gabriela Garcia all of De Queen; one son, Mario Garcia, Jr. of De Queen; five grandchildren, Rachel Knight, Michelle Knight, Brandon Steven Knight, Anthony Garcia, and Trinidad Abrego Garcia; four brothers, Daniel Garcia, Mario Garcia, Elias Garcia, and Francisco Garcia all of Mexico; three sisters, Guillevalda Garcia and Cristinia Garcia of De Queen, and Aurelia Garcia of Mexico; and her father, Vidal Garcia of Mexico.

A private funeral Mass for Mrs. Garcia will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Cremation to follow.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

L. D. Cox

Mr. L.D. Cox, age 90, of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 11, 1930, in De Queen. He was a master diesel mechanic, master certified welder, enjoyed fishing and gardening, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his parents, D.D. and Lela Armer Cox; his wife, Elizabeth Cross Cox; one brother, Odell H. Cox.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law,  Leslie Cox and Shelia Lamb and Travis and Carla Cox; one daughter and son-in-law, Gaylene and Paul McClendon all of De Queen; four grandsons, Scotty (Jaime) McClendon, Sam McClendon both of De Queen, Cody (Nicole) Cox of Texarkana, Texas, and Josh Lamb of Wasilla, Alaska; four granddaughters, Shyanne (Justin) Black of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Stacey (Tony) Gillespie, Stephanie (Steve) Jones both of Ashdown, Arkansas, and Courtney Lamb of Boyd, Texas; one sister-in-law, Edith Cox;11 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Manor, 950 Homestead, Ashdown, Arkansas 71822.

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

Kevin Dale Black, Jr.

Kevin Black, age 37, of Maud, Texas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.He was born on August 9, 1982, in Wichita, Kansas.  He loved working as a maintenance technician, fishing, and his music.  He was a committed fan of the Jayhawks, Royals, and Chiefs.He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.He is survived by his wife, Rebekah Davis Black, of Maud, Texas; four daughters, Jayden, Hannah, and Cloë Black, of Mulberry, AR, Jordan Black, of Andover, KS; one son, Skyler Zielke, of Andover, KS; his mother, Tina Davis and her husband Dave Davis; his father, Kevin Dale Black, Sr.; one brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jessica Black; one sister and brother-in-law Megan and Cody Phelan, all of Hackett, AR; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.Viewing will be at McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood, Arkansas on Friday, June 5, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  A memorial service will follow at 11:30 at Bell Park Pavillion in Greenwood with Bro. Todd Reed, FBC Redwater, TX, officiating.

Joyce Louise Allen Smith

Mrs. Joyce Louise Allen Smith, age 92, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born April 23, 1928, in Sevier County, Arkansas. She had a master’s degree from Henderson State University. She taught in De Queen and Sevier County for over 45 years and was a freshman English professor at Henderson State University. She enjoyed camping, playing games, bowling and reading. She was a member of First United Methodist and Tri-Lakes Good Sam’s Club.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lee Allen, Sr. and Tompie Willmon Allen; her husband of 61 years, Roy Wayne Smith; two brothers, Walter Allen, Jr. and Marlin Allen.

She is survived by two sons; Rodney (Rhoda) Smith of De Queen; and Greg (Denise) Smith of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three sisters, Marolyn and Wendell Needham of De Queen, Carolyn Cowling of Springdale, and Floy Smith of De Queen; four sisters-in-law; Barbara Allen of Frisco, Texas, Jane Smith, Judy Smith and Myrtle Sims all of De Queen; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020, at W. L. Allen Family Cemetery with Bro Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2020 at the funeral home.

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

Mr. Jeff Miller

Mr. Jeffery Alan Miller, affectionately known as Jeff, age 51, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Portland, Texas.

Jeff was born to Ray and Pat Miller on July 14, 1968 in South Bend, Indiana. He was a 1986 graduate of White Pigeon High School in Michigan and faithfully served his country with the United States Army, reaching rank of E4. Jeff was honorably discharged on September 16, 1991 as a Veteran of War. He married the love of his life, Terri Dowdy, on July 4, 1992, and to this union, two children were born. Jeff, Terri and their family are members of De Queen First Assembly of God where he was a former Deacon. Jeff was the Co-Owner and operator of Dowdy Miller Incorporated and was a certified inspector, working for 3B Inspection Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Linda Dowdy; and one sister, Janice Stout.

Jeff leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of almost 28 years, Terri Miller of De Queen; one son, Marcus Miller of De Queen and his fiancé, Brooke Rose, of Fort Smith; one daughter, Mariah Miller of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Heather Miller of White Pigeon, Michigan; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Julie and Jason Wells of Waterford, Michigan and Linette and Todd Glancy of Fairmont, Indiana; father-in-law, Tom Dowdy of Athens, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Tina Smith and husband Floyd of Praire Grove, Arkansas and Trina Neal of De Queen; two brothers-in-law, Tommy Dowdy and wife Kim of Wickes, Arkansas and Troy Dowdy and wife Robin of Athens, Arkansas; as well as, nieces and nephews, some of which he was a father-figure to, other relatives and a host of friends.

Jeff loved the Lord, his family and movies. He was a huge fan of ‘80s hair bands and was a great story teller. He loved playing board games with his family and was an avid fan of Notre Dame, Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys football. Jeff was always sure to live life to the fullest.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jeff Miller will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 4, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a face mask or covering is recommended during the time of visitation and funeral service. Please refrain from touching or hugging the family and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while inside the funeral home.

Mrs. Shirley Fitzhugh

Mrs. Shirley Sue Fitzhugh, age 82, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, May 29, 2020 at her home.

She was born Shirley Sue Jackson to the late Isaac and Ruth L. Jackson on December 16, 1937 in Horatio, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Joseph Henry Fitzhugh on August 1, 1956 in Hugo, Oklahoma, and to this union, one son was born. She was a fifth grade school teacher and enjoyed fishing and spending time at the casino, but most of all, Shirley cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 56 years, Joseph Fitzhugh; and one sister, Relda Shrouder.

She is survived by one son, Joseph Lynn Fitzhugh of Horatio; grandchildren, Whitney, Taylor and Andrew; two brothers, Richard Jackson and Jim Jackson, both of Horatio; one sister, Vinita Ann Sanders; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Shirley Fitzhugh will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Campground Cemetery, Winthrop, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Michael Thibodeau

Mr. Michael A. Thibodeau, age 73, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Firmance and Jacqueline Forand Thibodeau on May 13, 1947 in Barton, Vermont. Michael faithfully served his county with the Unites States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970, and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a farmer, raising livestock and operated commercial poultry houses for many years. Michael was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed fishing and watching John Wayne movies, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Tracy DeSaulniers of Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rachel Thibodeau of Utah; four grandchildren, Taylor, Cael, Jonah and Luke; beloved children from a former marriage, Paul Leal and wife Shannah and Holly Boonstra and husband Matthew; his sisters and brothers, Jeanne Pelletier and husband Claude, Claire Reed and husband Ernie, Paul Thibodeau and wife Deloris, Lucie Dubuc and Peter Thibodeau; his dearly loved best friend, Donald (Virginia) MacGregor; as well as, nieces, nephews and a host of other friends.

Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ada Majorie Harris Johnson

Mrs. Ada Majorie Harris Johnson, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed peacefully from this earth Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home.

She was born April 5, 1932, in Smithfield, North Carolina. She was a retired educator and enjoyed sewing. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Grace Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Thomas Kennedy Johnson, Sr. of 61 years; her father, Thomas Harris; her mother and step father, Elizabeth and Robert Ellington; and a sister, Shirley Taylor.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas K. Johnson, Jr., Susan Johnson, Rev. Timothy and Carrey Johnson, and Archie and Lisa Johnson all of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Gene Johnson and Crystal Johnson of California, Timothy “Gerry” Johnson, Tony Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Ashlie Johnson Ortega, and Stepheny Baughn; 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and two nieces, one nephew, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2020, at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Johnson and Rev. Dave Seifert officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31st at the funeral home.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to Beams Bibles, P.O. Box 10200, Gulfport, Mississippi, 39505.

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

Delmon Lisenby

Delmon Lisenby, 71, of Foreman, AR passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at his home. He was born December 28, 1948 to the late Albert and Valentine (Rogers) Lisenby. Mr. Lisenby was retired from Domtar Paper Mill. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Lisenby, of Foreman, one daughter and son-in-law, Roslyn and Denny Turner of El Dorado, AR, two special nieces, Sherry Phillips and Cheryl Kennedy and one special nephew, James Wright.

A come and go visitation will be Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Madden Funeral Home Chapel in Foreman, AR from 5:00 – 7:00. A graveside service will be Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 at Strawn Cemetery in Foreman.

Ursulo Perez Munos

Ursulo Perez Munos, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in De Queen.

He was born October 21, 1948, in Pegueros Jalisco, Mexico to Luis Perez and Rafaela Munos.

He is survived by his wife, Ester Gutierrez; and eight sons, Clementina, Selina, Abel, Eduardo, Arturo, Irma, Elida and Yasmin.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Perez Munos were held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, at the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mexico.

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

Walter Lee Jewell

Walter Lee Jewell, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born February 17, 1940, in Vandervoort, Arkansas. He was a Baptist, and a logger.

Mr. Jewell was preceded in death by his parents; Clarence Jewell and Sarah Allen Jewell; two sons, Stanley Jewell and James Deane Gage.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years; Delena Jewell; one son, Stacey Jewell of Gillham; one step-daughter, Carla Helland of Elma, Washington; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marie Ashcraft, and May Smith and husband Greg all of Cove, three brothers and sisters-in-law, John Edward Jewell and wife Linda of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Gerald Jewell and wife Carolyn and Robert Jewell and wife Charlene all of Cove; two daughters-in-law, Becky Gage, and Nancy Jewell; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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

Edwin P. Torman

Edwin P. Torman, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born November 29, 1950, in Majuro, Marshall Islands. He was the Pastor at De Queen Emmanuel New Hope Church and a former principal in the public school system in the Marshall Islands.

He is survived by his wife; Lucy Torman; one daughter, Cathleen Torman; four sons, Richard, Gerpert, and Ghomas Torman and Marclino Cabble; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Torman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkasnas.

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

Mr. Jose Camarillo

Mr. Jose Luz Camarillo, age 89, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

He was born to Genaro Camarillo and Ignacia Perez Camarillo on May 20, 1931 in San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was a farmer and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed singing, watching western movies and he loved planting anything he could, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ignacio Camarillo; three brothers, Carmen, Ramon and Manuel Camarillo; and one sister, Elena Camarillo.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 50 years, Tomasa Luna Camarillo of De Queen; eight sons, Justo Camarillo, Victor Hugo Camarillo, Miguel Angel Camarillo, Ruben Dario Camarillo and Marco Antonio Camarillo, all of De Queen, Alejandro “Alex” Camarillo of Atlanta, Georgia, Genaro “Gino” Camarillo of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Juan Manuel Camarillo of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; two daughters, Diana Elena Camarillo of Little Rock, Arkansas and Violeta Camarillo of Conway, Arkansas; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother, Juan Camarillo of Mexico; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center of St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to midnight, tonight, May 25th, at the Pastoral Center with Rosary will beginning at 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask will be required during Rosary and Mass. Please refrain from touching or hugging one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while at the church and cemetery.

Mr. Victor Smith, Sr.

Mr. Victor James Smith, Sr., age 86, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born July 2, 1933, the youngest of two daughters and two sons, to Earl Grady and Erma Louise DeKetelaere Smith in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was a graduate of New Haven High School in New Haven, Michigan and worked as a supervisor for General Motors and Douglas Aircraft, retiring from Weyerhaeuser with more than 20 years of service. He married the love of his life, Betty Joyce Pence, on June 13, 1955 in Royal, Indiana. To this union, two sons and one daughter were born. Victor attended the Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, and volunteering with the local AARP chapter, serving as President. He was also a former member of a VFW Post in Michigan. More than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of over 55 years, Betty Joyce Smith.

Victor leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Vic and Paula Smith of De Queen and Rob and Tommi Smith, also of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Venee and Terry Hetrick of Arroyo Grande, California; six grandchildren, Brentley Smith, Eric Smith and wife Brandi, Kaytlon Everitt and husband Bradley, Victor Hetrick and wife Tiffani, William Hetrick and wife Shonna, and Beth Wishard and husband Greg; six great-grandchildren, Madison Bagley, Codi Carroll, McKayla Clark, Roger Hetrick, Ryan Hetrick and Shiloh Smith; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be announced at a later time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.READ LESS

Lina Jean Wilson

Lina Jean Wilson, age 85, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born February 25, 1935, in Arden, Arkansas. She was a retired seamstress.

Ms. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ora Wright Wilson; an infant daughter, Paulette Elaine Dinning; and one sister, Jackie Ruth Cody.

She is survived by two daughters, Edwina Lynch of Flower Mound, Texas and Beverly Burns of Winnsboro, Texas; one sister Karen Lisenby of Crossroads, Arkansas; one brother, Harry Wilson, Jr. of Arden, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Randy Duck, Sarah Lynch, Alicia Fields, and Kevin Reynolds; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

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

Terry Don Dryden

Terry Don Dryden, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, May 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born May 29, 1957, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was a truck driver for most of his life and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jami and Justin Graham of Ada, Oklahoma; his parents, Billy Al and Jo Ann McKinzie Dryden of Rush Springs, Oklahoma; one brother, Ronnie Dryden of Rush Springs; two grandchildren, Hagen and Kadi Graham; his girlfriend of 12 years, Patsy Downing of Lockesburg; two step daughters, Missy (Tiffany) Downing and Sandy (Eric) Tutt; and four step grandchildren.

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

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

Roger Glenn Kirk

Roger Glenn Kirk passed into great natural peace on the 26th of March, 2020. He was born on the 31st of August, 1950, into the loving arms of his mother and father, Barbara Jean (Ward) Kirk, and Roger Bruce Kirk, in De Queen, AR. Preceding him in death, he reunites with his youngest brother Bobbie Gene Kirk, his grandson, Brandon Michael Pollard, and some of his dearest lifelong friends. He is survived by his brother, Ward Bruce Kirk, his daughters Amber Joy Pollard and Marie-Estaine a.k.a. Ivory Root, and his son, Dylan Wayne Zevon Kirk. He is also deeply mourned by his five grandchildren, his niece and nephew, and many dear cousins.Roger grew up as the eldest of three sons in Southwest Arkansas and Central Oklahoma. He studied mathematics at Cameron State College in Lawton, OK, before transferring to Southwestern OKSU in Weatherford, OK. His father served as a Naval Sr. Chief Boatswain’s Mate, which took the young family to several destinations, the most indelible of which was the Caribbean island Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The name of the island, quite aptly to those who knew him well, means “free.”  His formative years on the island and in the Piney Woods region of Arkansas instilled a pursuit of adventure, a love of wildlife, and an intimate relationship with Mother Nature.A poet and singer/songwriter, Roger lived to entertain. He was a talented blues harmonica player who loved performing live on stage, or among friends around a fire.  He carried several harps with him at all times. Music and writing were to him spiritual experiences that he imparted on his children. Wildly imaginative and filled with wonderment, he reminded adults of the importance of play. In the 70’s Roger was a founder of The Rearviews, a fraternity of close friends across the country, who celebrated annually to play music and discourse on the social injustice of the times. They permitted the initiation of wives, girlfriends, and children.Many knew him adoringly as Snakeskin Rearview.As owner of a masonry business, he worked for many years as a self-styled “rock artist.” He designed and built custom installations that were both sound and finessed. His chosen profession was a natural extension of his mild obsession for discovering Native American artifacts, flint arrowheads in particular. Roger took great pride in his Cherokee ancestry. The children in his life were subjected to spontaneous and often lengthy excavations in search of “buried treasures.” He reacted to uncovering a piece of knapped flint with contagious enthusiasm, teaching the utility of such ancient tools to the youth. Roger unearthed several pristine Clovis spear points which he donated to museum collections. Friends and loved ones came to expect an arrowhead for Christmas.His zeal, love of children, and eccentricities will be deeply missed. His ashes will join the waters of his beloved Cossatot River, and interned beside his grandparents in Horatio, Ar.  Services will be held June 13th at the Horatio Cemetery at 10 AM, and also 3 PM that afternoon at Cossatot State Park, sandbar camping area.

Dr. Edward Dean Revels

Dr. Edward Dean Revels, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, May 18, 2020, at his home.

He was born September 12, 1933, in Sardis Community in Arkansas. He was a graduate of Lockesburg High School and then from Loyola Dental School in New Orleans in 1960. In August of 1960 he established Edward D. Revels, DDS in De Queen and practiced dentistry for 59 years and 10 months. Dr. Revels was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen and enjoyed farming, ranching, and working in his garden. Many people benefited from his love of gardening. He loved his family and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Dr. Revels was preceded in death by his parents, John Edgar and Madge Christian Revels; one son, Paul Revels; one brother, Richard Revels; and two sisters, Ruth Hudgins and Beatrice Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Hall Revels; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Maribeth Revels; two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan Fitzsimmons and Dee Ann and Ronnie Toye all of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonnie and Charlene Revels and Bob and Mary Revels all of Texas; six grandchildren, Sarah Morphew, Kaylen Lewis, Blake Toye, Randee Toye, Christian Jennings, Robby Fitzsimmons; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Revels will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Lockesburg Cemetery with Bobby Fischer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20th at the funeral home.

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

Krista Denise Lambert Ward

Mrs. Krista Denise Lambert Ward, Age 57, resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Hot Springs.

Krista was the daughter of Dennis and Nancy Forrest Lambert, born on March 20, 1963. She was a 1981 Graduate of Gillham High School, in Gillham, Arkansas where she met the love of her life, Bill Ward. They married June 20, 1980, and had two beautiful children, Brandon and Kandice Ward.

Krista developed a love for Insurance and worked for Farm Bureau and State Farm in De Queen, Arkansas. Her real passion was caring for others and had the opportunity to move to Hot Springs and work at the Caring Place where she made a difference is the lives of elderly. She established her own Private Care business called Care Companions in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She went over and above for her clients making sure they felt beautiful and loved. She was a Christian and loved the Lord and shared her testimonies when she saw someone struggling with Faith.

Krista had a passion for cooking. If you asked her for the recipe, she would tell you the first ingredient was as much love as you can put in it. If you didn’t do that, it just wasn’t going to taste right.

She went over and above sharing love with others, people she knew and perfect strangers. She kept umbrellas in her car to give someone on a rainy day, a purse full of candy to share if she was waiting in line, would pay for someone’s groceries if they looked in need. Her goal was to make someone smile daily.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dennis and Nancy Lambert and her half sister Rose Busby and niece Sherri Busby.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Bill Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her children Brandon and Kandice Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her Niece’s,  Lela Chapman and  Dennise Burgess and  nephew Mitch Wade. The absolute loves of her life and her grandchildren, Bailey Ward of De Queen, Arkansas and Payzlee Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her best friend she called sister, Debi Lee of De Queen, Arkansas, family members and to many dear friends to count.

A memorial service for Krista will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2020 at De Queen Lake Overlook with Steven Chenoweth officiating. A come and go visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21st at the funeral home in De Queen. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

James Thomas Lisenby

Mr. James Thomas Lisenby was born January 16th, 1933 near the King Ryder Community in Little River County, Arkansas, to Joe Whitney and Ona Mae Smith Lisenby.  James passed from this life on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Ashdown, Ar. Mr. Lisenby was preceded in death by his wife Betty Rose Bush Lisenby, his mother and father, three siblings and one grandchild.

James T served his country in the Army from 1951 until 1955. He married the love of his life, Betty Rose Bush Lisenby on his 21st birthday, January 16, 1954. Together they raise a beautiful family of four children.

James T was retired from Foreman Cement, a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Survivors include; one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Pam Lisenby of Crossroads; three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Kerry Pinkham of New Boston, Texas, ReNeé and Stephen Boeckman of Okolona, Ark., and Elizabeth and Jason Brinkley of Texarkana, TX; seven grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Campground Cemetery with James McRae officiating. Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Online registration is at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

General viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House (https://www.rmhcarkansas.org/) or Campground Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 308, Winthrop, AR 71866 in his memory.  Flowers will fade but a gift of charity will be everlasting.

Sammy J. White

Sammy J. White, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 29, 1942 in Horatio.  He was a retired computer analyst at Red River Army Depot, a member of Stateline Baptist Church and attended Church in the Wildwood.  He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War and loved woodworking and gardening.

Mr. White was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Eva (Stone) White; a brother, Jerry White; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alfus and Myrtle Frady.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Brenda Frady White; sister-in-law, Peggy and husband Bill Milam of Cerrogordo; three brothers-in-law; Buck  and wife Clara Frady of Glenwood, Jimmy and wife Mary Frady and Dale and wife Lisa Frady both of Winthrop; a number of nieces and nephews and his Yorkie, Chloe and cat, Gabby.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. White will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Cerrogordo Cemetery with John and Mary Overturf officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 17th at the funeral home.

The family will receive friends after the service at the Cerrogordo Cemetery pavilion.

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

 Gail Conlon Walker

Mrs. Gail Catherine Conlon Walker, age 85, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in the Little River Nursing and Rehab, Ashdown.

Gail was one of three children born to Joseph and Catherine Pilger Conlon on October 15, 1934 in Astoria, New York. She was a graduate of Bayside High School in Bayside, New York and worked as an administrative assistant to the head of advertising at Champion Papers in Manhattan before meeting the love of her life, Marion Elmer “Mike” Walker. Gail and Mike were joined in marriage on January 12, 1980 in Hampton Bays, New York. Gail was a faithful member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and served with the St. Barbara Altar Society. She spent many years with the Hospital Auxiliary volunteering at the De Queen Medical Center. Gail enjoyed her time with her dogs, Princess, Gracie, Suzie and Jingles, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent with her family, church family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 30 years, Mike Walker; and one sister, Patricia Kearns.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one sister, Carol Zaleski and husband Ed of Roanoke, Virginia; a step-son, Robert M. Walker and wife Peggy of York, South Carolina; nieces, Jennifer Kelly of Cortland Manor, New York and Floy Jean Driscoll of New Jersey; nephews, Shaun Brookhouse of Manchester, England and Kevin Kearn of Long Island, New York; special friends, Patty Sharp, Phyllis Bradley and Debbie Ernest; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, May 23, 2020 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Public graveside services will follow at 3:00 P.M., at Redmen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., with reciting of Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 22nd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to St. Barbara Catholic Church in Mrs. Gail Walker’s memory.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the nurses and staff of Little River Nursing and Rehab, as well as, Hospice of Texarkana. Your love and kindness shown to Mrs. Gail has not gone unnoticed.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask and gloves is recommended during the time of visitation. Please refrain from hugging or touching one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while in the funeral home. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Brenda Sue Ridge Hightower

Brenda Sue Ridge Hightower, 68, of Redwater, Texas, died Sunday, May 10, 2020, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital with her children by her side.

Mrs. Hightower was born August 26, 1951, in Foreman, Ark., to Zenas and Nancy Langley. She was retired from Red River Army Depot DLA and was a member of Redwater United Methodist Church where she served as a Lay Minister, Sunday School teacher, Church Secretary and Jesus and Me coordinator. She was also a former member of Winthrop Baptist Church, Winthrop, Ark., where she taught Sunday School and was the Kindergarten instructor for the church’s academy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Dee” Hightower in 2017 and her former husband, Ron Ridge in 2002.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Sheila Ridge of Foreman and Clayton and Tara Ridge of Maud; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Gary Morrow of Redwater and Alicia and James Knox of Chandler, AZ.; one brother, Billy Weathers of Nixa, Mo.; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marsha and Billy Nicholas and Sherry and Paul Cooper of Foreman and Nelda Wilbur and Jerry Roberts of Texarkana; three granddaughters and one grandson-in-law, Winter and Brandon Mireles and Brooke Morrow of Redwater and Presley Ridge of Foreman; four grandsons, Robert Morrow of Texarkana, Bryce Ridge of Maud and Nathan Knox and Caleb Knox of Chandler; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, in Gravelly Cemetery, Foreman, with the Revs. Audie Dawson, Orville Farren and Mindy Zwirn officiating. Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

A come-and-go viewing will be on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”—3 John 1:4

Clora Elizabeth Hankins Holland

Ms. Clora Elizabeth Hankins Holland, age 76, a resident of St. Johns, Florida and a former resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

She was born July 25, 1943 in De Queen, Arkansas.  She was a retired teacher and a member of the Gillham Baptist Church.

Ms. Holland was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Nellie Carpenter Hankins; one sister, Maudie Hankins, and her former husband, Jack Holland.

She is survived by her daughter, Terresa Holland Cox; two grandsons, Steven Cox and Trevor Cox; her sister, Judy Hankins Kelly; two nephews, Peter (John) Kelly and Jason Kelly; one niece, Athena Kelly Welch formerly of De Queen, Arkansas and a number of grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Holland will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Valley Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Hill officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 15th at the funeral home.

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

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

Evelyn Fern Head Bell

Mrs. Evelyn Fern Head Bell, age 78, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Mena Regional Medical Center in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born May 21, 1941 in Arizona.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, bowling and making dolls.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, C.L. and Maddie Head; one daughter, Terri Lynn Fariless; one son, Richard James Bell; two brothers, John Lee Head and Clifford Head; one sister, Opal Scott; and two grandsons, Ray Carl Bell and Richard Lee Bell.

She is survived by one daughter, Ronda Boerner; two sons, Troy Bell and Darryl Bell all of Gillham; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bell will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Valley Cemetery in Gillham with Cole Lancaster officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 11th at the funeral home.

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

Jesse Gene Trusley

Jesse Gene Trusley, age 36, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, May 7, 2020, at his home.

He was born November 15, 1983, in De Queen. He attended Old Union Missionary Baptist Church. Jesse had a heart of gold. He would have done anything for anyone. He would have given his shirt off his back for anyone. He was always smiling. He will be missed by everyone dearly. God rest your soul Jesse Gene, fly high.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy Gene and Deborah Lavelle Roberts Trusley.

He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Trusley, Regina Lavelle Trusley and Angela Renee Gonzalez all of De Queen; two aunts, Darla Lanicek and Diane Sims; four uncles, Larry Martz, Mark Sims, Jim Trusley, and Gene Lanicek; one nephew, Amado Gallardo, Jr.; one niece, Shayla Renee Quintana; and six cousins, Jamie Lee Roberts, Clifton Lee Roberts, Travis Ray Martz, Joseph Martz, Fernando Quintana, and Jody Roberts.

Graveside services for Mr. Trusley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2020, at McHorse Cemetery with Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Ward

Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Ward, age 78, of Rocky Face, GA, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Cherokee Health and Rehab.

Mr. Ward was born April 14, 1942, in Dierks, Arkansas, son of the late Clifford Leander and Dora Lovell Worley Ward. He was Baptist by faith, and prior to his retirement, owned and operated Charles Ward Logging Company. In addition to his parents, Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Rosalyn Ward; brother, Ernest Lee Ward; sister, Patricia Kelly; and a grandson, Scott Ward.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Ward; sons, Dawayne Ward and Casey McClure; daughters, Lavelle Shaw, Margaret Ward, LeAnn Butler, and Mindy Neighbors; brothers, Clyde Ward, Thomas Ward, Clifton Ward, Earl Ward, and James Ward; sisters, Louise George and Linda Hulsey; grandchildren, Gina Ward, Lee Ward, Desaray Ward, Justin Ward, Kelsy Anderson, Nathan Ward, Clayton McClure, Cayden McClure, Mackenzie McClure, Joni Richardson, David Shaw, Johnny Shaw, Edward Tudor, Cody Cotner, Megan Chastain, Tyler Chastain, Tucker Chastain, Zachary Neighbors, Adam Neighbors, and Lexi Neighbors; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Due to the current health concerns for our community, visitation and funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held privately for the immediate family only. Interment will also be held privately at Fisher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Ray Teems will officiate. Active pallbearers will be Cody Cotner, Danny Cotner, Seth Atkins, Jason Teems, Andy Hughes, and Christopher Atkins.

Billy Jake Williams

Mr. Billy Jake Williams, age 82, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 7, 2020. He passed peacefully from this life at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Williams was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 17, 1937, to Lee Francis and Ada Ethel (Taylor) Williams. On July 18, 1960, Billy Jake married the love of his life, Dora Mae. They were blessed with four children, nine grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

During his life, Billy Jake served his country proudly with the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge on April 28, 1959. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Mountaire Corporation in DeQueen, Arkansas, and delivered propane for McCurtain County Propane Company, Broken Bow, Oklahoma, for over 32 years. He retired in 1998.

Billy Jake was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Mae Williams; his parents; his brother, Vess Williams; and his sister, Francis June Paul.

Mr. Williams is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nancy Williams of Anna, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Frankie Wright of Broken Bow, Teresa and Mike Davis of Eagletown, and Linda and Danny Ridenour of Broken Bow; nine grandchildren, Sara and Rob Spence, Jared Wright, Maegan and Josh Loux, Karanda Davis, Johnny Williams, Derek and Katie Davis, Joshua Ridenour, Bethany and Nate Sheeley, Matthew and LaDonna Williams, and Monica Williams.

Graveside services for Mr. Williams will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Eagletown Cemetery with Bro. Melvin Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Eagletown Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home of DeQueen.

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

Ida Mae Burnett Cox

Ida Mae Burnett Cox, age 91, a resident of Gentry, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at her home.

She was born April 14, 1929, in Boley, Oklahoma. She was a retired teachers aid from the Locksburg School System after 18 years and a member of Falling Springs Church in Decatur, Arkansas. She enjoyed watching the birds, working puzzles, and reading her Bible.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Lena Leoti Humpreys Burnett; her husband, Cleatis Cox; four brothers; and one great grandson.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Leoti Cox and Cathy and Scott Cox all of Gentry; five granddaughters, Krystin Cox, Caitlin Cox, Brittany Koehler, Amanda Hittson, and Caley Evans; 12 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at McHorse Cemetery with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

John Lee Churchwell

Mr. John Lee Churchwell, age 67, resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at his home, with his family by his side.

John was born to John William and Mattie Lee Brewer Churchwell on February 14, 1953 in Abilene, Texas. John faithfully served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He married the love of his life, Lucretia Jean Dixon, on August 23, 1978 in Eagletown. John worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Jimmy Tucker and was a former member of Almond Church. He enjoyed wood working, riding motorcycles and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin daughters and a sister.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 41 years, Lucretia Churchwell of Eagletown; four sons, Michael Churchwell, Jessy Churchwell and wife Johna of Daisy, Scott Anthony Churchwell and wife Allison of Maud, Texas, and Shawn Lee Churchwell and wife Ashley of Eagletown; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, David William Churchwell and wife Suzanne of Eagletown; two sisters, Joan Williamson of De Queen and Rhonda Smith and husband Justin of Texarkana; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mr. John Churchwell will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation to follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Due to current health concerns, the use of a mask and gloves is recommended during the time of visitation. Please refrain from hugging or touching one another and keep a comfortable distance of six (6) foot from one another while in the funeral home. Hand Sanitizer will be available.

Mr. Jason Candelaria

Mr. Jason Daniel Candelaria, age 47, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Monday, April 27, 2020 at his home.

He was born on July 29, 1972 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked as a Sales Clerk at the EZ Mart in De Queen. He enjoyed playing Pool and was a member of a playing club in New Mexico. Jason also cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Lukus Shane Candelaria and his maternal grandmother, Pearlie Mae Hern.

Jason leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Linda Sue Candelaria of De Queen; his maternal grandfather, Calvin Hern of De Queen; one uncle, Billy Ray Hern and his wife Janie Sue Hern of New Mexico; cousins, Renee Michelle Hern-Lovato, her daughter Courtney Mae Hern-Payne and husband Logan Payne, Richard Michael Hern and his wife Jessica A. Kaiser-Hern and their children: Hugo and Vera Hern, Amy Louise Hern-Law and her husband Tony Law and their children: Emily and Maisie Law, all of New Mexico; as well as, other aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Graveside Memorial Services for Mr. Jason Candelaria will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery with Pastor Bobby Fischer officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Clifford Wayne Day

Mr. Clifford Wayne Day, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, May 4, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born October 22, 1957, in De Queen. He worked in construction and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Day; his grandparents, Clifford and Polly Day and Bob and Rosa Hunter; one sister, Donna Day; and one nephew, Andrew Day.

He is survived by one daughter, Amy Day Heckermann of Chicago, Illinois; his mother, Bobbie Hunter Day; two brothers, Tracy Day and Robert Michael Day all of De Queen; four grandchildren; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Day will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Ben Lomond Cemetery with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, at the funeral home.

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

Dustin Dale Cano

Dustin Dale Cano, age 29, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, May 2 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born June 28, 1990 in Clinton, Oklahoma. He worked for Texarkana Fence and Security, loved fishing, watching football and country music.

Dustin was preceded in death by his mother Florence Dela Rosa; his grandmother, Julie Brown; and his great-grandmother, Florence Rangel.

He is survived by two sons, Dustin Ray Cano and Parker Munn, and Austin; two daughters, Rylee Cano and Braylee Cano; two sisters, Desiree Dela Rosa and Lacey Dela Rosa; one aunt and uncle, Linda and Omar Montoya; two nieces and two nephews.

General viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. Cremation will follow.

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

Raymond Morris

Mr. Raymond Chester Morris, age 83, resident of the Chapel Hill Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family.

Raymond was one of three children born to Chester Carl and Nettie Mae Ruth Morris on November 10, 1936 in Gillham, Arkansas. He married the love of his life, Wilma Dean Shepherd, on December 17, 1955 in De Queen, and to this union, two sons and three daughters were born. Raymond worked as a mechanic for Weyerhaeuser Company and later D&E TO&E Railroad, retiring in 1991 after almost 30 years of service. Raymond was a faithful member of the De Queen Church of Christ and was very active with the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association, Sevier County Cattleman’s Association, former member of Sevier County Sheriff’s Riding Posse, as well as, enjoyed the time spent leading the children of the Sevier County 4-H. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Raymond never met a stranger and would sit and visit at every chance. During his time with the Cattleman’s Association, Raymond sold over 500 new memberships and received several “Top Hand” awards along with numerous other awards.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jeremy Frachiseur; one daughter-in-law, Paula Morris; his brother, Jim Morris and his sister, Margie Fisk.

Raymond leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 64 years, Wilma Morris of De Queen; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Randy Frachiseur of De Queen, Brenda and William Hill of Ashdown and Debbie Seymour of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Ginger Morris of Horatio and Ronald and Kim Morris of De Queen; eleven grandchildren, Kevin and wife Amanda, Brandon, Natasha, Autumn, Gracie, Aaron, Amber, Miranda and husband Kody, Brennen, Aubrey and Jake; a granddaughter-in-law, Katrina Frachiseur; sixteen great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Raymond Morris will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general until 6:00 P.M., Friday, May 1, 2020, and from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

William Michael “Mike” Carter

Mr. William Michael “Mike” Carter, age 66, a resident of Burg, Arkansas died Monday, April 27, 2020, in Hot Springs.

He was born February 5, 1954, to Jim and Edna Lafay Greene Carter. He was a mechanic, retired from Weyerhaeuser, and a member of the Athens Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pamela Diane Simmons Carter; and two brothers, Randy Bolt and Richard Bolt.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Sara Carter of Burg, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Haley Carter and Baylee Carter; two sisters, Laverne Addington of De Queen, Arkansas and  Lavada Munoz of Massachusetts; two special cousins, Mike Logan and Sonny Simmons; one special aunt, Pat Logan of Mena, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Carter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Burg Cemetery with Terry Martin and Mike Moore officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Mr. James Ruth

Mr. James A. Ruth, age 87, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his family’s farm near De Queen.

James was the eleventh of twelve children born to Isaah Francis and Beulah Burris Ruth on March 12, 1933 in De Queen. James was a logger, working for Willis Brothers Logging, and was a farmer. He married the love of his life, Bobbie Jean Gentry, on June 16, 1955 in De Queen and to this union, four children were born. James was a member of Rose Hill Gospel Mission and enjoyed farming, logging and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 64 years, Bobbie Jean Ruth; six brothers, Clarence, Albert, Elvin (Pete), Lee, Henry and Ernest; and five sisters, Elizabeth, Opal, Mae, Velma and Marie.

James leaves to cherish his memory, four children and their spouses, Judy and Billy Don Weeks, Sr. of De Queen, Barbara and Gene Lile of Hatfield, Evelyn and Russell Yandell of De Queen and Richard and Joan Ruth also of De Queen; fifteen grandchildren, Billy Don, Jr., Wynona, Jonathan, Wynita, LaJeanna, Daniella, Brandon, Aaron, Amanda, James (J. Bo), Sherra, Sandra, Shavonna, Travis and Carrie; thirty-four great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. James Ruth will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bros. Billy Don Weeks, Sr., Billy Don Weeks, Jr. and Brandon Burt officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Laurie Deanna Broach

Laurie Deanna Broach, age 46, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 25, 2020, at her home.

She was born May 12, 1973 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Broach was a homemaker and she loved her husband, children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Broach was preceded in death by her father, Larry Dale Deer.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Broach; mother and step-father, Delores Dixon Oglesby and Larry Joe of De Queen; two daughters, Laken Gentry and Laura Beth Amhed both of Lockesburg; one son, Kenneth Wayne Hoffman of Gillham, Arkansas; two brothers; Billy Joe Oglesby of Dierks, Arkansas; Shane Utah Oglesby of De Queen; one sister, Amanda Sales of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren; Matilynn, Kaylee, Kinlynn, J.C. and Nova; and a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorial services for Mrs. Broach will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Jewelene Crawford

Jewelene Crawford, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Ashdown, AR.  She was a lifelong resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, residing at Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab since 2008.

She was born on Friday, December 24, 1920, in Ben Lomond, AR and was one of 13 children born to Emmett and Jessie Lee Smith Griffin.

She was retired from Day and Zimmermann (Lone Star) in Texarkana, TX.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her two husbands: A. D. Crawford and Hank DeWees. She was also predeceased in death by two brothers:  Jewell Griffin, Louis Eugene Griffin and nine sisters:  Effie Carver, Iva Crawford, Dorothy Griffin, Macie Aylor, Dee Griffin, Mae Dell Payne, Tressie Carver, Beatrice Conatser, Luda Fay Lummus.

Jewelene is survived by her sister, Betty Jo Johnson, of Texarkana, Arkansas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR with plans for a graveside memorial service at a later date.

Memorials may be made in her name to the National Kidney Foundation or to a charity of choice.

The family would like to thank Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab for the many years of love and care.

Condolences may be left on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

Floyd Allen Morris, Sr.

Floyd Allen Morris, Sr., age 92 a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born November 23, 1927 in Nathan, Arkansas. Mr. Morris was a farmer, owner of Morris TV Sales and Service for over thirty years, a veteran of the Army Air Force, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Annie Lillie Tidwell Morris; his wife of sixty-one years, Rowena Hargis Morris; one grandson, Scotty Presson and one sister, Lottie Jane Morris.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Presson of De Queen, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd, Jr. and Kim Morris of Horatio, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Jennifer and (Joe) Collier; one grandson, Clay and (Laci) Morris; four great grandchildren, Ty and Tate Collier and Heidi and Zane Morris; one sister, Mary B. Lewis of King, Arkansas and a nephew, Paul Lewis, Jr. and wife Elaine of De Queen.

Graveside service for Mr. Morris will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Overturf Cemetery in Gillham with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24th.

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

Mrs. Pauline Penney

Mrs. Pauline Bell Penney, age 90, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Howard Memorial Hospital, Nashville.

Pauline was the fifth of seven children born to Richard James and Emma Lucretia Autry Bell on January 7, 1930 in De Queen. She was a 1948 graduate of De Queen High School and married the love of her life, Kenneth Nolan Penney, Sr., on June 28, 1952 in Ashdown. Pauline worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in De Queen and later worked in Administration for Rubber Corp of Arkansas. She was a Baptist and enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching golf, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on television and talking on the telephone, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Pauline never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting at every chance.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 45 years, Kenneth Penney, Sr.; and six siblings, Archie Bell, Josephine Vaughn, Bessie Stewart, Lawrence Bell, Pat Hall and Betty Anderson.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Kenneth Nolan “Junior” Penney, Jr., of De Queen and Richard Thomas Penney and his wife Lisa of Angleton, Texas; five grandchildren, Magon Gentry and her husband Ron of West Columbia, Texas, Kailey Rae Empfield and her husband Ben of Angleton, Texas, Tripp Penney and his fiancé Lauren of Dover, Arkansas, Cade Penney and his wife Katie of Brazoria, Texas, and Tate Penney of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, whom Pauline adored, Emma Belle Empfield; one brother-in-law, Dale Janes of Pantego, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Pauline Penney will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tripp Penney, Cade Penney, Tate Penney, Ben Empfield and Ron Gentry will serve as pallbearers.

Michael Fredrick Spillman

Michael Fredrick Spillman, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 17, 2020, at his home.

He was born August 22, 1955 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Mr. Spillman was a truck driver and a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley James and Ollie Ruth Brossett Spillman; and three sisters, Charlotte Ruth Spillman, Doris Lynette (Lynn) Brossett, and Judy Ann Massey.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Spillman of Pineville, Louisiana; a sister, Jackie Haskins of Alexandria, Louisiana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Ronnie Clorell Dinwiddie

Mr. Ronnie C. Dinwiddie, age 77, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at his home.

Ronnie was born to Elmer L. and Sallie O. Wommack Dinwiddie on March 3, 1943 in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Carol Jean Stark, on April 22, 1966 in Horatio, Arkansas, and to this union, three children were born. He worked as an Engineer for the D&E TO&E Railroad and was a member of the United Transportation Union and Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. Ronnie enjoyed gardening, hunting and his horses, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian Clorell Dinwiddie in 2007; one daughter, Donna J. Dinwiddie in 2009; and two sisters, Kathryn Taylor and Jean Rowell.

He leaves to cherish is memory, his loving wife of over 53 years, Carol Dinwiddie of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Rachell and Tracy Runnels of De Queen; six grandchildren, Kayla, Kinlee, Madison, Trevor, Kasey and Konner; one brother, Roy Dinwiddie and his wife Robin of Bethany, Louisiana; his mother-in-law, Hazel Stark; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Ronnie Dinwiddie will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 20, 2020 at Millwee Cemetery with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Bill Brown

Mr. William Aubrey Brown, Sr., age 90, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

Bill was one of seven children born to Commie O.D. and Lucile Jacobs Brown on March 13, 1930 in Longview, Texas. He faithfully served with the United States Army and was deployed overseas during the Korean Conflict. Bill married the love of his life, Jearldean Clayton, on June 2, 1956 in Longview, and to this union, six children were born. Bill worked many capacities to support his family. Some include: Frozen Food Locker in De Queen, City of De Queen Water Department and time spent as a City of De Queen Auxiliary Police Officer. Bill studied High Voltage Electricity in California and returned to Southwest Arkansas to serve as an Electrician for Weyerhaeuser Company, retiring after 20 years of service. Bill attended Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and enjoyed playing dominos, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 63 years, Jearldean Brown; one daughter, Regina Kay Brown; and three siblings, Prentice Brown, Hurie Brown and Ettie Mae Williams.

Bill leaves to cherish his loving memory, two sons, William Brown, Jr. and Michael Brown, both of De Queen; three daughters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown, both of De Queen, and Rhonda Brown Tucker and husband Michael of Seneca, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Derrick Whitmore (Latoria), Alisha Brown Williams (Ricky), Greg White (Lashayla), Andre Dade, Fantasia White and Michael S. Brown; eleven great-grandchildren, Kobi (Bree), Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson and Gavin; three sisters, Flora Pierce, Mamie Manus and Josephine Brown, all of Longview, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Brown of Longview, Texas and Dean Brown of Dos Palos, California; special friends, Charles Tramble, Michael Jackson, Martha Powell and Charles Keels; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Bill Brown will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Sand Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Eld. Jerome Edwards and Bro. Kevin Brazil officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

R.C. David Lacefield

R.C. David Lacefield, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 13, 2020, at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab in De Queen.

He was born April 19, 1938, in De Queen.  Mr. Lacefield was self-employed jack of all trades and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen David and Bertha Mae Owens Lacefield; one son, Ricky David Lacefield,; three brothers, Billy, Junior and Hubert Lacefield; three sisters, Dorothy Lawson, Verna Webster and Linnie Bell Griffin.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hunt Lacefield; one daughter, Sharon Norton; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Vickie Lacefield and one brother, Floyd Lacefield all of De Queen; one sister, Lola Barkman of Vidor, Texas; four grandchildren, Melissa Harder, Lacey Harder, Dylan and Cooper Lacefield; four great grandchildren, KK, Hannah, Cylus, Blaine; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Lacefield will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Redmen Cemetery with Chaplain Robert Ward officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Bobby Wayne Wilson

Bobby Wayne Wilson, age 80, a resident of Springfield, Tennessee, transitioned from this life to Glory Friday, April 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born October 1, 1939, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Bobby was a devout Christian, former youth leader, lay preacher, avid fisherman, and had a passion for Jewish-Christian Hebraic studies. He was the owner of Wilson Painting Contractors, a member of The River Church in Portland, Tennessee, and a United States Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Sarah Ryan Wilson; two sisters, Shirley Crews and Aline Kuykendall; one brother, Paul (Bucky) Wilson; and one son-in-law, Randy Rollins.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ollita Wilson; three daughters and one son-in-law, Tammy and Marty Russell of Haworth, Oklahoma, Terri Rollins of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Toni Lewis of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; one brother, Billy Wilson of Morrilton, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Rance Russell, Kelsey Russell, Adam Eason, Connor Lewis, Savannah Lewis, and Hayden Taylor Ryan.

A private graveside funeral service for Mr. Wilson will be held at a later date with Bro. John Gutierrez officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Rob Cole

Rob Cole was born January 3, 1970. He passed away during the afternoon of March 30, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas due to cancer.

Rob was the New Year’s baby for De Queen Hospital in 1970. He was a blessing to Bootney and Priscilla Cole. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents Johnny and Alma Cole; Burl and Ruby Stinnett. He is survived by his father “Bootney” John L. Cole; his aunt and uncle, Joyce and Johnnie Gentry of Texarkana, Texas; cousins, Tammy Whatley, Todd Whatley, and Leslie Lemley.

Rob graduated from De Queen High School in 1988 and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was in business with his father for many years.

He truly loved life. As a child, he enjoyed camping and fishing with his entire family at Broken Bow Lake. He loved rock music since the second grade. As he entered his teen years, Rob became a motocross fan and began riding. He competed at various motocross tracks in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma well into his forties. He won numerous trophies that filled his home. Rob built a motocross track behind his home on Crosstrails. His friends from the Ark-La-Tex visited often to practice on his track. Rob powered his motorcycle as high as some of the tree tops.

Don Higgins introduced Rob to running 5ks ten years ago and helped him to prepare and compete in marathons. Rob loved running with Greg Hale, Sarah Morphew, Erik Smith, and Lacy Young. He traveled to several places in the United States to race. He loved to run several miles after getting off work and on the weekends. Just ask Greg Hale. Rob pushed them to run faster and farther.

He had his first battle against cancer in the early 1990s and won. Recently, Rob had to battle it again until his passing on March 30. Rob was loved dearly by his family and many friends. Because of Covid-19 a memorial service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, please make monetary gifts of love to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way,  Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Tony Morris

Mr. Tony Morris, age 84, resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Cecil R.Bomar Rehabilitation Center in Nacogdoches.

Born July 6, 1935, in Decatur, Texas, to Bessie Evel Pruett Morris and Jesse Lee Morris, Tony grew up in north Texas and lived most of the first half of his life there. After two years at North Texas State University, he volunteered for the army and served stateside for two years during the Korean conflict. He was married to Dorothy Jamie Fowler from 1955 until her death in 1971; they had two daughters, Debra and Kathleen, who survive him. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dona Kay Morris, who passed away in November 2019. His parents and both his siblings, Joe and Jaytha Morris, also preceded him in death.Along with Kathleen and Debra, he is survived by Dona’s three children, Rebecca, Kevin, and Jennifer, as well as eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, numerous members of the extended family, and his faithful dog Spike.

Tony’s first jobs as a preteen and teen were pumping gas at his father’s service station and wrapping butter at the dairy in Decatur. He worked in electrical engineering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 1950s and 1960s and in the construction business in the 1970s. In 1977, he and Dona moved to DeQueen, Arkansas, where he built their home – as he said, “drove almost every nail in it” — on 20 acres of woods. There he worked as a roofing contractor and drove a school bus, experimented with raising goats and rabbits, and became a successful gardener who learned to can fresh produce. He and Dona were active members ofDeQueen Church of Christ for 37 years. He was an avid fisherman and played banjo, guitar, and dobro with a bluegrass band in DeQueen, dabbling as well in mandolin and fiddle music.

Tony will be remembered for his fierce independence and ready grin, his unshakable faith and loyalty to friends and family, and his endless supply of corny jokes and useful aphorisms.

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, no public funeral service can be held. Tony will be laid to rest beside Dona in a burial service privately conducted at the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home in DeQueen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Appleby Church of Christ (10316 FM 941, Nacogdoches, TX 75965), where he was a member, or to the charity of your choice.

Starling Houston “Junior” Lipscomb, Jr.

Mr. Starling Houston “Junior” Lipscomb, Jr., age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, April 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born November 15, 1952, in Dierks. He was a general laborer, attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Dierks, and
was a United States Army veteran.

Mr. Lipscomb was preceded in death by his parents, Starling H. Lipscomb, Sr. and Lula Leona Jones Lipscomb; his wife, Karen Lightfoot Lipscomb; one sister, Bondina Jones; and one nephew, J.R. Jones.

He is survived by one daughter, Misty Holden of Dierks and her fiancé Butch Millegan; one sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Butch Gunnells; three grandchildren, Brian, Emily, and Kaleb Holden; one great grandchild, Serenity Mann; two special friends, Marla Fahrney and J.T. Keaster; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Frank Jordan

Mr. Frank Lee Jordan, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at his home.

He was born to Lonzo Jordan and Minnie Nelson Hopkins on February 8, 1958, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a foreman at Weyerhauser and worked for Tri State Asphalt in De Queen. He enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Chester, George and Lonnie Jordan, Clarence Goff and Randell Nelson; and three sisters, Dorothy Powell, Sedalia Jordan and Annie Maull.

He is survived by four brothers, Jerry Lee Whitmore of Maumelle, Tommy “Tony” Whitmore of De Queen, Stephen Leon Whitmore and his wife Elonda of Broken Bow, and Charlie D. Jordan and his wife Katherine of De Queen; five sisters, Clara Mae Wilburn of Kansas City, Missouri, April Bennett of Horatio, Mamie Pace of Bellingham, Washington, Mary Lee Edwards of Lawrence, Kansas and Marie Whitmore of De Queen; two special nieces, Michelle Maull and Veronica Edwards (Lavelle) of Little Rock, Arkansas; a very special friend of over 30 years, Mickie Murphy; as well as, other nephews, nieces, relatives and a host of friends.

It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to inform you that after extensive and thoughtful consideration regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the family of Frank Jordan has decided to POSTPONE his going home memorial service until further notice.

We ultimately want to ensure the safety of our families and guests who would have been in attendance, as well as to ease the burden of any worry that our guests may have had regarding the decision to attend.

We cannot thank you enough for your calls, texts, cards, flowers, etc. and support during this time.  Your compassion and thoughtfulness helps to keep us strong!

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Fannie Lou “Effie” Richardson

Fannie Lou “Effie” Richardson

Sunrise: February 23, 1928
Sunset: March 16, 2020.

Graveside Service will be held April 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m. at Sandfield Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Jones-Stuart Mortuary of Texarkana.

Eulogy by Rev. Tommy Halsell.

A memorial service of her beautiful life to be announced at a later date.

Susan Paulette Owen

Susan Paulette McCoy Owen, age 68, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Monday, March 30, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Eagletown.

She was born January 7, 1952, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a florist and a baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Dorothy Ramsey McCoy; her husband, Eddy Roland Owen; one son, Eddy Neil Owen; one daughter-in-law, Terri Jean Owen; and two brothers, Dale McCoy and Bobby McCoy.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Trey Casanover of Eagletown, and Beth and Tony Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Tyler and Kevin Harvison of Idabel, Oklahoma, Tate Casanover of Eagletown, Sadie Trevino of De Queen, Beau Hughes of De Queen, Bryan McGaha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Ashley McGaha also of Broken Bow; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Donny and Janet McCoy of Broken Bow, Gene and Tessy McCoy of Eagletown, James “Boom Boom” McCoy of Eagletown, and Jack and LaFonda McCoy of Horatio, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Susan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Eagletown Cemetery pavilion with Virgil Owen officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Adrianna Jane McHam

Adrianna Jane McHam, age 5 days, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas went to her heavenly home Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born March 23, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She is survived by her parents, Cody Adam and Adrian Danielle (Cobb) McHam; three sisters, Destiny and Letti McHam and her twin sister, Chyeanne McHam; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Sherry Looper of Pearcy, Arkansas and Richard and Becky Gray of Dierks, Arkansas; great grandparents, James and Janie Pannell, Marie Kelly, Jeri Asbury, Shirlenne Looper, Gary and GA Gray; uncles, aunts and many other relatives.

Private family arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

Mrs. Maxine Whitley

Mrs. Mildred Maxine Whitley, age 86, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her home.

She was born to John and Ann Bales on October 6, 1933 in Dierks. She was a 1951 graduate of De Queen High School, where she was a cheerleader. She worked in Civil Service for many years as a data processor. She loved her time spent working at the newspaper office in De Queen and Many, Louisiana. She owned and operated Pilgrims Café and Granny’s Café in Grannis. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. She enjoyed bowling, painting, crafting, pretty punching and being with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Nadine Smith; her daughter, Kimberly Ann Matheny; and a grandson, Marc Matheny.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Jay Whitley of Deirks; three daughters, Sheri and husband Melvin Mills of De Queen, June and husband Jerry Pinson of Dierks and Stacy Rasmussen of Grannis; one sister, Gayle Warren of Dale, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Michael and Eric Waggoner, Marci Null, Mandy Wagner, James Fennimore, Jeremy and Kayla Simpson, Ashely Turner, Andi Heifner and Kelly and Tony Higgins; 26 great-grandchildren; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Brian Pounds officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tommie Ester Wright

Tommie Hendrix began her journey in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on April 17, 1927. She was born the daughter of the late Mr. Cal and Mrs. Kay Hendrix.

Tommie received her educational and religious foundation in Lockesburg. She was a devoted and dedicated member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Tommie loved her church and was always willing to lend her services. She served as Church Secretary/Treasurer for a period of time.

On February 20, 1945, Tommie was united in marriage to the love of her life, David M. Wright. They enjoyed 52 years of blissful marriage. This union was blessed with two daughters and one son: Davene Hall, Phyllis Miller (Kennith), and Mack Wright (Christine).

Tommie loved and cared for her family. Sunday dinners in Lockesburg were a favorite pastime and enjoyed by all. Tommie’s love for cooking was not only loved by her family, but also the community. Tommie worked as a cook at the Tip-Top Café. Even today, many still speak of fond memories they have of Mrs. Tommie at the Tip-Top. Tommie was also employed at Mountaire Farms in De Queen for a period of time. Tommie loved to travel, as she often recruited her daughters to take her on road trips.

Farming was another favorite pastime for Tommie. She loved her family animals, especially her cows. Nobody could “call up” the cows like her. After selling the cows, because she was no longer able to care for them due to her health, she paid a special visit to them and was still able to “call them up” like no other. Tommie had a zest for life and a very big personality. You never had to wonder about what she thought because she would tell you.

Those who completed the journey of life before her include her aforementioned parents, her husband, her siblings and a host of sisters-in-law, whom she loved as sisters.

On March 28, 2020, Tommie answered God’s call and peacefully went on to rest in God’s loving arms. Happy memories and smiles will be shared and treasured forever. Tommie’s legacy will continue to be carried on by her beloved grandchildren who affectionately called her, Granny. Two grandsons, Gary Miller and Byrone Hall; three granddaughters, DeUndrea Miller, MacTisha Wright and Renae Wright; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Cewella Shannon, a special sister-in-love, she leaves to cherish her memory.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tommie Wright will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, with Brandon Williamson and Tommy Halsell officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. A come-and-go visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jearldean Brown

Mrs. Jearldean Brown, age 83, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at her home.

She was one of eleven children born to Albert and Elmira Franklin Clayton on February 2, 1937 in De Queen. She was a graduate of Sevier County Training School in Lockesburg and was a Homemaker. She married the love of her life, William Aubrey “Bill” Brown, Sr., on June 2, 1956 in Longview, Texas, and to this union, six children were born. Jearldean spent her life serving others. She was a caretaker and nanny, and shared her love for Christ with her over-the-phone ministry. She had a love for music and as it is told, she wore out many radios listening to her beloved gospel songs. She was the former Pianist for Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and enjoyed reading, studying the Bible and playing piano, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Regina Kay Brown; and nine siblings.

Jearldean leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband of over 63 years, Bill Brown of De Queen; two sons, William Brown, Jr. and Michael Brown, both of De Queen; three daughters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown, both of De Queen, and Rhonda Brown Tucker and husband Michael of Seneca, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Derrick Whitmore (Latoria), Alisha Brown Williams (Ricky), Greg White (Lashayla), Andre Dade, Fantasia White and Michael S. Brown; eleven great-grandchildren, Kobi (Bree), Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson and Gavin; one sister, Velma Jean McElroy of Carson, California; special friends, Rita Williams, Tyra Williams, Diane Franklin, Sandra Daniel and Grace Williams; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jearldean Brown will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 29, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Eld. Jerome Edwards and Bro. Kevin Brazil officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Viewing will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Robert Bryant Mickle

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mr. Robert Bryant Mickle, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 64 at his home in De Queen, AR.

Rob was born on May 24, 1955 in Roseburg, Oregon to Milford and Emma Lee (Ward) Mickle.  Rob was a Christian and proudly served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard.  Rob enjoyed spending time with family, friends, & pets, cooking, taking cruises, classic cars, and his Harley Davidson.

Rob was preceded in death by his father, Milford, his brother, Duane Mickle, and his son, Steven Elliott.

Rob is survived by the love of his life of 40 years, Cynthia Stallard Mickle, son Kalem (Amy) Mickle, daughter Armanda (Duston) Daulton, mother Emma Lee Mickle, sisters Charlotte (Shannon) Blankenship and Dian Mickle, his six grandchildren, Chance Mickle, Jay & Grace McCollister, Elizabeth Elliott, Stella & Drexton Daulton, great-grandson, Xaven Hardemon, niece Amber (Anthony) Mathis, nephew Colton (Kristin) Starkey, and numerous extended family and dear friends.

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

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

Debbie Kay Harder

Debbie Kay Harder, age 60, a resident of Provo, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 13, 1960, in Talihina, Oklahoma.  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and worked in medical billing.

Mrs. Harder was preceded in death by her father, William Austin.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Harder; one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Mackey Hibbs of Provo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Samantha Harder of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Bubba and Meaghan Harder of Provo; six grandchildren, Baylee Harder, Lanie Hibbs, Belle Hibbs, Alyson Harder, Ryleigh Harder and Braden Harder; her mother, Mary Sue Cook of Hugo, Oklahoma; two sisters, Lisa Austin of Antlers, Oklahoma and Rhonda Prichard of Stratford, Oklahoma; two brothers, Scott Austin of Eagletown, Oklahoma and Ronnie Austin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harder will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

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

Edward “Ed” Bailey

Mr. Edward “Ed” Bailey, age 60, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, March 23, 2020 at his home.

He was born to B.C. Griffin and Annie Bell Bailey on January 19, 1960 in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a 1979 graduate of Haworth High School, where he enjoyed his time playing basketball with the Haworth Lions. He married the love of his life, Barbara Kay Haney, on April 17, 1981 in De Queen. He worked as a Kiln Operation for Weyerhaeuser Company for over 40 years, retiring when his health began to fail in August of 2019. He was a member of New View Church of Christ in Center Point and Tuskegee Airman Post 332 in Mineral Springs. He enjoyed the fishing, hunting, dominoes, playing softball with the Mineral Springs Bears and riding horses, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Lorene Moore, Zannie Mae Bailey and Annie Jean Bailey; and two brothers, Robert Bailey and Leodis Threadgill.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 38 years, Barbara Kay Bailey of Lockesburg; three sons, Avery Haney of Texarkana, Jason Gunnells of Lockesburg and Lamont Whitfield of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Lakeia Bailey of Tulsa; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Albert Williams of Foreman, Billy Bailey and Necie of Idabel, Kervin Bailey Idabel, Mary Bailey of Hugo and Dorothy Davis of Idabel; as well as, step-siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ed Bailey will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 28, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Romillious Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Field Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Charmaine Doloris Archer

Charmaine Doloris Archer, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Dierks.

She was born February 25, 1937, in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. She was a R.N.

Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her parents, John Castillo, Sr. and Stelmae Paybo and one son, Donald J. Gladman.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Dean Silva, Sr. of Centerpoint, Arkansas and Jaeda and Curtis Elvenia of Hawaii; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Jolynn Gladman of Hawaii and Christopher and Lisa Gladman of Centerpoint; one sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Gary Sclaph of Virginia; one brother and sister-in-law, John Castillo, Jr. and Maria Castillo of Virginia; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Charles Cecil Bishop, Jr.

Charles Cecil Bishop, Jr., age 86, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas died Monday, March 16, 2020, in Little Rock.

He was born November 15, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was  retired  Sr. Supervisor from Pilgrim’s Pride.

Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cecil Bishop, Sr. and Laura Carlock Bishop; one brother, James E. Bishop; and two sisters, Leila Mullins and Mary Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Marnetta Gore Bishop; one son, Timothy Bishop of Little Rock; one sister, Marie Bishop Stow of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bishop will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Millwee Cemetery with Charles Krudwig officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Harless Marlin Oglesby, Sr.

Harless Marlin Oglesby, Sr., age 87, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Pleasant Manor in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 17, 1932, in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a U.S. Airforce veteran and served during the Korea Conflict. He was a master barber, logger & sawmill owner, he worked in jail ministry, was a  minister at Saratoga Baptist Church for 15 years,  was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas where he was associate pastor, pastor and song leader for 20 years.
Mr. Oglesby was preceded in death by his parents, William Austin and Junie Ethel Ridge Oglesby; one granddaughter, Joy Southerland; five brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Sandra Wade Oglesby; one son and daughter-in-law, Marlin Oglesby, Jr. and Emily of Fouke, AR; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Dean Jones of Winthrop, Arkansas and Leita Southerland of Tyler, Texas; one sister, Norma Franklin of Hot Springs Village, AR; seven grandchildren, Ben Southerland, Kay Dea Carrell, Jacob Southerland, Jared Jones, Meagan Anderson, Austin Oglesby and Sara Oglesby; 11 great-grandchildren, a  number of nieces and nephews; special friends, Freddie “Wiggie” Tallant, David Boyd and Ricky Southerland  and many friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Oglesby will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas with Marlin Oglesby, Jr., Dean Jones, Austin Oglesby, and Audie Dawson officiating.  Burial will follow in Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday before the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 713 De Queen, AR 71832.

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

Nadine V. Barber Bizzell

Nadine V. Barber Bizzell, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at her daughters home in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born October 28, 1934, in Pineville, Louisiana.  She was the owner of Nadine’s Café and a Baptist.
Nadine was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Tilton and Velma Cleo West Barber; her husband, Raymond Dale Bizzell; three sons, Terry Ballard, Rod Bizzell and Kenny Bizzell; two brothers, Thomas and Horace Barber and one sister, Myrtle Grace Mumphrey.

She is survived by six children, Donald Ballard and wife Cathy of Ashdown, Judy Steed and husband Royce of Lockesburg, JoAnn Martin and husband Chuck of Lockesburg, Carol Stockman and husband Jim of Ashdown, Pam Warden and husband Wayne of East Bend, North Carolina and JoAnn Keener and husband Billy of De Queen; two sisters, Jerry Marze and Margarete Monk; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Ballard and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Nadine Bizzell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.  Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. Burton Satterfield

Mr. Burton Dale Satterfield, age 81, resident of Gillham, passed from this life on Friday, March 13, 2020 at his home.

He was born to Ira James and Viola Pruitt Satterfield on September 15, 1938 in Roswell, New Mexico. He married the love of his life, Wanda Lou Parramore, on December 11, 1969. He worked as a Conductor for D&E TO&E Railroad, retiring with 32 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, painting and prospecting for gold, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 44 years, Wanda Lou Satterfield; and one stepbrother, Freddy DeFore.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Rick Satterfield and wife Michelle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scott Satterfield of Conway and James Satterfield of Dallas; five daughters, Melinda Hanson of Texarkana, Mary Kirkpatrick and husband Ralph of Tampa, Florida, Angela Allen of Quinlan, Texas, Rhonda Hutman and husband Frank of Portage, Indiana and Beth Alvarez and husband Gus of Mena; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Satterfield, Sr. and wife of Evelyn of Blum, Texas; one sister, Darlene Parramore of Fort Worth, Texas; one stepsister, Irene Lee of Broken Bow; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mr. Burton Satterfield will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Private family burial will be held at Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ricky Dean Jackson

Ricky Dean Jackson, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 24, 1958, in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Brown Jackson; one son, John Keith Jackson; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Vicki Jackson of Red Oak, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Nic Geremonte of Mineola, Texas; his father and stepmother, Kenneth and Margie Jackson of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Elisa Jackson of Mesquite, Texas; one stepsister, Tammy DelDenno of Little Rock, Arkansas; one stepson, James Eakin of San Diego, California; his grandchildren, Averie and Kynlie Jackson, Braelyn Geremonte, Austin Cravens, and Peyson and Miley Eakin; and two nieces and a nephew.

There will be a private memorial at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Wilma Dee Arnold Cogburn

Some people only walk this earth for a short time. Their departure reminds us that angels are watching over us. Our Granny rejoined her heavenly family and gained her wings on March 12, 2020 at the age of 87.

Wilma Dee Arnold was born February 13, 1933 in Dierks, Arkansas to Jeff and Beatrice Kitchens Arnold. She married Jewel Cogburn on December 3, 1951. Wilma was retired from Weyerhaeuser and Briar Plant. She loved to crochet, fish, quilt, hunt, and craft.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Johnny and Roger Arnold; a great granddaughter, Brooke Ackley; a son-in-law, Joe Stuard; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Cogburn.

Mrs. Cogburn is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Beverly Cogburn and Garry and Larry Cogburn all of Dierks; two daughters and a son-in-law, Diane Alexander of Dierks and Carolyn and George Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Jeffie Roth of Dierks; and a sister-in-law, Leah Arnold of Nashville; 13 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cogburn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Matt Cook, Jeffrey Mounts, and Bryan Chesshir officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Dierks.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00, Friday, March 13th at the funeral home in Dierks.
The family will be at the home of Leigh and Rodney Starwalt, 146 Windy Hill in Dierks.
You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Cindy Lee Whisenhunt Bell

Cindy Lee Whisenhunt Bell, age 60, of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born July 31, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel J. and Barbara Ann Spalletta Whisenhunt; one sister, Viola May Whisenhunt; and two brothers-in-law, Bobby Bell and Roger Bell.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Billy Bell; one son, Loyd Clayton Whisenhunt; four daughters, Billie Jo Bell, Sonia Lee Bell, Balinda Ann Kirby, and Kelli Ann Loving; one brother, Floyd Glenn Whisenhunt; and 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Glenda N. Swim

Glenda N. Swim, age 73, of Kerrville, Texas passed away unexpectedly on February 28, 2020 at TexSan Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Mrs. Swin was born August 21, 1946 in Idabel, OK to Autry D. and Ressie Cobb Wilson.  She married  Connie G. Swim on September 12, 1962 and continued her education graduating with the De Queen High School Class of 1964.  They moved to Kerrville in 1965 where she was employed almost fifty years with Douville, Goldman & Associates until she retired on October 31, 2019.

Glenda was a very kind and loving mother to two children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Connie on November 18, 2019, her parents, a brother Adie D. Wilson, an infant brother, Jimmy Bay Wilson and two sisters, Pauline Faye Harrison and Doris B. Smith.

Survivors include one son, Murray Allen Swim, one daughter, Mary Christine Rodriguez and husband George, grandchildren Matthew Swim, Cecily George, Emily Swim, Bryan Ishmael and wife Caitlin, C.J. Cain and wife Dianna.  In addition she is survived by her great grand-children, Darius, Michael, Alix, Kieran, Charles, Scarlett and Christopher, all of Kerrville, Texas.

She is also survived by three sisters, her twin, Linda Culp and Defrenzia Ruth Wilson, both of De Queen, AR, and Marie Hendrix and husband Tom of El Dorado, AR,  and a brother-in-law Donnie R. Swim of Grand Prairie, TX.  Also included are many nieces, nephews and special friends Randy Hinsley and Earl Pettigrew.

Viewing was held at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville, TX  on March 3, 2020 from 5-7 PM

Graveside service was held on Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Garden of Memories Cemetery, officiated by Frankie Enloe under care of Grimes Funeral Chapel.

The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at TexSan Hospital for their heroic efforts.

Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Mrs. Betty Lynn Pickett Wade

Mrs. Betty Lynn Pickett Wade, age 73, resident of Salem, Oregon, passed from this life on Monday, March 9th in Salem, Oregon.

She was born to Rayburn and Flora Mae Turner Pickett on November 22, 1946 in De Queen, AR. She was a L.P.N. and worked at the jail in Lynn County, Oregon for many years. She loved fishing and playing Bingo, but mostly loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Fay Wade; one son, Fay Wade, Jr.; one daughter, Cynthia Christiansen.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherrie Green of Salem, Oregon and Demetria Moore of St. Helens, Oregon; two sons James Preston Green, Jr. of Lakeview, Oregon, and Curtis Wade of Albany, Oregon; one sister, Loretta McRae of De Queen, AR; and three brothers, James Leeroy Pickett of De Queen, AR, Jimmy Pickett of Rogers, AR, and Ronnie Pickett of Guyton, Georgia; two granddaughters, Kayla Green of Albany, Oregon and Brittany Green of Oregon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wade will be cremated in Salem, Oregon.

Mrs. Carrie Chaytor

Mrs. Carrie McGee Chaytor, age 83, resident of Prescott, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Prescott.

She was born to Charlie Sam and Vera McGee on November 1, 1936 in Jonesboro, Louisiana. She was a housekeeper and member of Freedom Temple Church of God in Foreman. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, A.D. Chaytor; two sons, Calvin Leon Chaytor and Troy Lee Chaytor Walker; a grandson, Ronnie Oglesby; as well as, a number of siblings.

She is survived by one daughter, Mollie Marie Chaytor of Foreman; one son, A.D. Chaytor, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; as well as, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one sister, Sandra Vaughn and husband Leo, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Carrie Chaytor will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Rhodes Cemetery, Ashdown, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Caleb Keja

Caleb Keja, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, February 27, 2020.

He was born  January 16, 1958, in the Marshall Islands. He was a member of De Queen New Beginning’s Church and enjoyed fishing, baking, crafting, and making wedding rings.

Mr. Keja was preceded in death by his parents, Keja Laneab and Jaiberer; his wife Mita Lang Keja; and two sisters and one brother.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Bien and Kimberly Keja of North Dakota, Kashton and Roberta Keja also of North Dakota, Jackson K. and Ruth of Spokane, Washington, and Kenji K. and Benciana of De Queen; two daughter and sons-in-law, Angela and Heleson Ruben of Berryville, Arkansas and Caltha and Logan House of North Dakota; two sisters, Ezra Heine and Tilla Laneab; one brother Hersha Laneab; and 30 grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Keja will be held from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Faith and Deliverance center with Hersha Laneb officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

Marshallese service will begin on 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12th until Saturday the 14th.

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

Billy Bob Cobb

Mr. Billy Bob Cobb, age 78, resident of Ashdown and former resident of Foreman, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Ashdown.

He was born to Daniel Dee and Faye Louise Little Cobb on July 1, 1941 in Ashdown. He was a member of the United States Army and worked as a heavy equipment operator for Red River Army Depot for 26 years. He married the love of his life, Nona Marie Richardson, on January 9, 1970 in Foreman. He was a Methodist and former member of Wade’s Chapel Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening, making animal calls, piddling in his shop, bartering, and his animals, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 37 years, Nona Marie Cobb; and three brothers, James Roland Cobb, Daniel Calvin Cobb and Donald R. Cobb.

He is survived by one sister, Patsy “Pat” Waren and husband Jimmy of Springdale; one brother, David Allen Cobb and wife Laura of Ashdown; one sister-in-law, Betty Jean Abercrombie and husband Ronnie of Foreman; as well as, 11 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Billy Cobb will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Marvin Cemetery in the Wallace Community of Little River County, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time, Wednesday, at the cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Inez Berniece Taylor

Mrs. Inez Berniece Young Taylor passed from this life March 7, 2020 at her home.

She was born December 12, 1922 in Horatio, Arkansas to William Thomas and Edna Pearl Sims Young. She graduated from Horatio High School in 1941. She attended Utterback Brown Business College in Danville, Illinois. Then came back to Horatio where she married Elve Taylor and they were farmers. To this union 5 children were born. Linda Carol, James Thomas “Jamie”, Anita Jane, Leesa Pearl, and Mary Louise “Lucy”. Mrs. Taylor bragged that she was worth 5 million dollars. She had 5 children and she wouldn’t take a million for either one of them. Inez and Elve liked to travel and they liked camping and trot line fishing.
Inez was a loyal companion for 60 years and a fair cook. She being the practical person requests no flowers at her funeral. She has already had hers and she said that flowers are here today and gone tomorrow. Any money spent on flowers could be used to help somebody somewhere.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Edna Young; her husband, Elve C. Taylor; one son, James Thomas Taylor; her siblings, Hazel Ruby Rust, Martha Louise Power, Verna La Fern McGough, Ruth Corene Ayers and Edna Beth Brooks; a grandson, Leslie Walker; and all of her in-laws.

She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Linda Carol Bishop, Anita Jane and Kurt Farquhar, Leesa Pearl and Wayne Kemp and Mary Louise “Lucy” and Jimmy Mize; her favorite daughter-in-law, Sandy Taylor; a special brother-in-law, Gerald Brooks; 11 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Taylor will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in the Belleville Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 9th  from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Bonita Harrison

Bonita Harrison, age 80, formerly of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in a Texarkana nursing home. She was born September 18, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas to Grace Pickens Harrison and Emmett Edgar Harrison.

She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1958 and attended Capital City Business College in Little Rock. She was a Clerk Librarian at St. Vincent Infirmary before working as a Clerk Typist at Red River Army Depot for 27 years.

Bonita was a member of Belleville Methodist Church and a Worthy Matron in the Order of Eastern Star, Peach Valley, Chapter 586 in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh Thomas Harrison and Emmett Allen Harrison; one niece, Kathy Grace Harrison Robbins; and companion, Leroy Stoker.

Survivors include two nephews, Hugh Thomas Harrison, Jr. and wife Dana and Allen Albert Harrison and wife, Stephanie; a loving sister-in-law, Kathryn Harrison Metsker; and many other relatives and friends.

She loved cats and a special dog, Whiskers. Long Sunday afternoon drives were enjoyed.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Belleville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 41, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

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

Effie Lois Reed Brock

Effie Lois Reed Brock, age 93, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at her home.

She was born November 12, 1926, in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church, a farmer, an employee of the Dierks School System, and found happiness in fishing.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Leslie and Mamie Greenhaw Reed; her husband, Herman Mack Brock; and four brothers, Jimmy Reed, Vestal Reed, Wayne Reed, and D.B. Reed.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Rodney Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas and Glenda and Nelson Hogden of Dierks; three grandchildren, Stephanie Ray, Susan Jackson, and Lisa Tucker; seven great grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brock will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2020, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating.  Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Leeona Evans Overturf

Leeona Evans Overturf left this earth to go to her heavenly home on March 2, 2020.

Leeona Overturf was born on July 8 of 1935. She was born to Lee and Lona Evans in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was the seventh child born of eight children. She is surpassed in death by her parents and her siblings.

Surviving Ms. Overturf is her son, Eric Overturf of Foreman, Arkansas; one grandson, Gary Overturf of Foreman; two granddaughters, Leanne Walker of Texarkana, and Emily (Blake) Jones of Winthrop; three great grandsons, Dayton Lee Seifert, Wesson Walker, and Silas Jones.

She was known for her love of basketball and playing professional basketball for the Texas Cowgirls from 1953-1955. Ms. Leeona was a member of King Ryder Church.  She worked for TWA Airlines and State First National which she later retired from. She met several friends who became family to her. She also enjoyed being a member of the Winthrop School Restoration Committee, and keeping the memories alive for everyone who went to school there.

Leeona was an avid lover of “red birds” (cardinals), Elvis Presley, her magnolia tree, and most of all her family. One of her favorite past times was being able to spend time with her grandchildren. Once she retired you could always find her sitting on her front porch swing drinking coffee.

The family would like to thank Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Encompass Hospice, Pine Crest Retirement Center and St. Michael’s for all of the care that was given to Ms. Overturf.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 at Pauley Cemetery with Scotty Smith and Perry Young officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Edna Lucinda Strickland

Edna Lucinda Strickland, age 70, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Saturday, February 29, 2020, in Texarkana.

She was born January 9, 1950, in Port St. Joe, Florida.  She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Miss Strickland was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Everett and Lillie Mae Hildebrand Strickland; one brother, Chuck Strickland; one niece, Tammy Wall; and one great niece, Tamra Potter.

She is survived by two sisters, Lillie Beebe and Derotha Biever; one brother, JD Strickland; four nephews, Richard Strickland, Jerry Strickland, Chuck Strickland, and Dewayne Potter; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

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

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

Billy Joe Bishop

Billy Joe Bishop, age 78, of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, February 28, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born March 21, 1941, in Houston, Texas. He was a machinist, a United States Navy Veteran, and attended Williamson Community Church.

Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon O. and Ruth Taylor Bishop; two brothers, Vernon Bishop, Jr. and Larry E. Bishop; and two sisters, Lorene Coleman and Ruth E. Pogue.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ayers Bishop; two sons, Billy Bishop, Jr. (Rosalie) of Dallas, Texas and James Randall Bishop (Jeannine) of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter, Sheri Grove (David) of Little Rock, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Jaime Gannon, John Grove, Jessica Bishop, Sara Grove, Taylor Bishop, and Grant Bishop; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with military honors for Mr. Bishop will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Millwee Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Williamson Community Church, 555 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas 71842.

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

Ruth Elizabeth Pogue

Ruth Elizabeth Pogue, age 87, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born May 9,1932, in Houston, Texas. She was a homemaker and  a member of  the Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Pogue was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Milton Frederic; her mother, Ruth Taylor Bishop; her step-father, Vernon Bishop; one brother, Vernon Bishop, Jr.; one sister, Lorene Coleman; and one great granddaughter, Kelly Blake Casteel.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, William F. “Bill” Pogue; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Darell Rankin, JoAnn and Paul Casteel, and Johnnie and Edward Williamson; one brother, Billy and Wanda Bishop; six grandsons and their spouses, Heath and Sharon Casteel, Derek and Crystal Rankin, Doug and Sarah Casteel, Darren and Shantae Rankin, Coy and Stacy Williamson, and Justin and Tara Williamson; ten great grandchildren, Cassady, Sydney, Kinley, Chandler, Gavin, Sarah, Paige, Luke, Rykor, and Emily; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Pogue will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29, 2020, in Millwee Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Evelyn Rosenthal Gottfried

Evelyn Rosenthal Gottfried, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, February 22, 2020 in De Queen.

She was born February 3, 1933 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. She retired from Tyson Foods and was a Catholic.

Mrs. Gottfried was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Cecilia Fox Rosenthal.

She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gottfried will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2020 in Redmen Cemetery with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Mary Virginia Quinn Moore

Mary Virginia Quinn Moore, age 87, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 25, 2020, in Dierks.

She was born February 8, 1933 in Dierks. She was secretary/treasurer for the family business, Moore & Moore Chipping, and was a member of Dierks Church of Christ.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents, O.L. and Annie Bell Green Quinn; her husband, Charles Edward Moore; grandson, Shane Moore; granddaughter, Amanda Moore; and two brothers, O.L. Quinn, Jr, and Bobby Quinn.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Teresa Moore, and Terry and Julia Moore; grandson, Todd and wife Kelly Moore; granddaughter, Rachel Moore Lowrey and husband Lance, all of Dierks; four great grandchildren, Reagan Moore Brown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, MaClane Moore of Texarkana, Arkansas and Lucas and Avery Lowrey of Dierks; four great-great grandchildren, Adalyn Moore, Hudson Moore, Brooklyn Brown and Tenlie Brown; one brother, A.C. Quinn of Tom Bean, Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John H. and Mary Moore of Magnolia, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sue Quinn of Dierks, Arkansas; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Robbie Jean Dossey.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Moore will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Terry Martin, Marty Quinn and Terry Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 28th at Dierks Church of Christ.

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

Mrs. Mary Grant

Mrs. Mary Edward Grant, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 19, 2020, in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was the eldest of two children born to the late Edward Grant and Anna Ross Grant on January 30, 1944, in Mansfield, Louisiana. She attended Desoto High School in Mansfield and the Beauty College in Shreveport.

She was baptized at an early age and joined St. James AME Church in Mansfield. Later she rededicated her life and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and joined East Side Church of God In Christ in Mansfield, serving there until the Lord moved her to Arkansas. She then joined Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ in De Queen. For more than 40 years she has been on the battlefield fighting for her Lord. She had a reputation of being a hard and dedicated worker for the Lord, as she worked untiringly with the Pastor’s Aide, Sunday School and cleaned the church for many years with a smile, until her health failed. She loved God and her church. People from all walks of life, near and far, sought her out for prayer and counseling.

While in Louisiana, she was an entrepreneur, the life of the party and lived life to the fullest. The world owed her nothing! She had a zest for life and was very sociable and outgoing, enjoying the time spent with family and friends. She was devoted to her family and loyal to her friends. She was a retired Direct Service Provider to individuals with developmental disabilities for many years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Gerard Thomas, Lauretta Grant and Talbert Grant; her brother, Henry Johnson; three grandchildren, Gabriel Grant, Mariah Grant and Nyiah Grant; one great-grandson, Demarcus Grant; as well as, her brother-in-law, Supt. E.A. Edwards.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Betty Edwards of De Queen; four sons, Kevin (LaTrell) Grant of Idabel, Bishop Patrick (Sherrie) Grant, Odis (Paula) Grant, both of De Queen, and Oliver Grant of Lockesburg; one grandson whom she raised as her own, Courtney Russell; 34 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; five nieces, two nephews; two special friends, Dorothy Calhoun and Etta M. Atkins; as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Grant will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Eld. Isaac Hawkins and Eld. Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will host a family hour beginning at 6:00 P.M., Friday, at Lewis Temple. Viewing will be general from Wednesday afternoon until Friday evening at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Olin Dewey Shelton

Olin Dewey Shelton, age 77 passed this life Sunday, February 23, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones at his home in Haworth, OK.

Olin was born on July 8, 1942 in Jade, OK, the son of Clarence Jackson and Myrtle (VanScoder) Shelton the 7th of 12 children. He graduated from Haworth High School the class of 1961. He attended college in Wilburton and then SAU where he obtained his Associates degree in Business Management. He started working at the Weyerhaeuser papermill in Valliant in 1971, retiring in 2002.

He was the most honest man and always told the truth no matter what. He enjoyed traveling to Alaska site seeing. He loved spending time with his family and the memories that he shared with them. He loved his Savior and honored Him by reading his word.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clifford, Emmett and Vernon Shelton; three sisters, Inez Brumfield, Betty Watson and Della Hill.

Olin is survived by his wife; Jimmie Ann Shelton of the home; two sons, Kevin Shelton of Dierks, AR, Keith and Irena Shelton of Jade, OK, Terry Simmons and Kim of Cerro Gorodo, OK; three daughters, Debbie Berold and Tony of Ashdown, AR, Teresa and James McDougal of Ashdown, AR, Kim and Todd Carver of Lockesburg, AR; three brothers, Charles Shelton and Barbara of Marshall, TX, Roger and Judy Shelton of Jade, OK, Larry and Linda Shelton of Horatio, AR; two sisters, Evelean Davis of Redland, OK, Shirley Davis and Cy of Eagletown, OK; twenty-one grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Redland Church of Christ in Redland, OK with Bro. Bobby Tatum and Cy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at the Philadelphia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the funeral home.

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

James Henry “Jim” McDonald

James Henry “Jim” McDonald, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, February 21, 2020, in Little Rock.

He was born December 24, 1940 in the Plainview Community in Little River County, Arkansas. He retired from Ashgrove Cement Plant in Foreman as a heavy equipment operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of State Line Baptist Church.

Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, James William “Bill” and Sarah Eunice Crowell McDonald; and three sisters, Georgia Frady, Nina Hinton, and Shirley Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Higgins McDonald; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Carlton Richardson of Wickes, Arkansas, and Courtney and Robby Ray of Horatio, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, James “Hooch” and Amy McDonald of Winthrop, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Sylvia McDonald of Foreman, Arkansas; one sister, Jean Higgins of De Queen; five grandchildren, Kara Richardson, Kolt Richardson, Judson Ray, Ellie Ray, and Kady Ray; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. McDonald will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and Bobby Fischer officiating. Burial will follow in Pauley Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, February 24th at the funeral home.

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

Mrs. Diane Allen

Mrs. Alta Diane Sawyer Allen, age 84, resident of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, passed from this life on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Alabama.

She was born to Cyrus Arthur and Margaret Elizabeth Peel Sawyer on July 25, 1935 in Waco, Texas. She was a 1953 graduate of De Queen High School and married the love of her life, Marlin Ray Allen, on May 23rd of that year. She worked as Secretary for Conoco, retiring with 32 years of service and was a Christian. She was a member of the Magnolia Springs Garden Club and enjoyed gardening, building large doll houses, flowers, playing Solitaire and watching movies, but most of all, she cherished the times spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 60 years, Marlin Allen; her mother and father-in-law, Tompie Vera and Walter Lee Allen, Sr.; and her beloved dog and cat, Paco and Nicky.

She is survived by one daughter, Becky Estes and her husband Tom of Magnolia Springs, Alabama; one son, Steven Ray Allen and his wife Tania of Lake Charles, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Courtney Bowles of Fort Collins, Colorado, Ryan Matthew Wallace of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lindsay Diane Gillard and husband Jeremy of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Shelby Ann Hebert and husband Dr. Tyler Hebert of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Erin Ann Forsse and husband Dr. Stephen Forsse of Waco, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Maddy, Zoe, Lucas, Jonas, Juliet and Jenna; the Allen family: Joyce Smith, Barbara Allen, Floy Smith, Carolyn Cowling, and Marolyn Needham and husband Wendell; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Diane Allen will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 24, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow at the Allen Family Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., tonight, February 23rd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jacqueline Killion Chandler

Mrs. Jacqueline Lanell Killion Chandler, age 82, resident of the Central Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born to Robert D. and Minnie Mae Notgrass Killion on January 30, 1938 in Kermit, Texas. She married Arlice Odean Chandler in August of 1967 and was a member of New Life De Queen Church. She enjoyed spending time in her garden, flowers, crocheting and arts and crafts, but most of all, she cherished the time shared with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Beverly Chandler Ruzin; two siblings, Gayle Henry and Michael Killion.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 52 years, Arlice Chandler of Central Community; one daughter, Barbara Chandler Kurachi and husband George of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren, Chris Ruzin of Austin, Texas, Kara Kurachi Deese and husband Bennett of High Point, North Carolina, Melissa Ruzin of Lockesburg, Keisha Kurachi Tillman and husband Michael of Leander, Texas, Stephanie Ruzin Purcell of Lockesburg, Kimberly Kurachi and Kelli Kurachi, both of Austin, Texas; seven great-granchildren; a great-niece, Kandice Killion; one brother, Bob Killion of Grandbury, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jackie Chandler will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 24, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Old Center 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.

Audy Calvin Williams, Jr.

Audy Calvin Williams, Jr., age 69, of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at his home.

He was born April 16, 1950, in Gary, Indiana. He was retired from Pilgrims and a member of Peters Rock Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Audy Calvin and Willie Mae Lee Williams; one son, Anthony Williams; one sister, Brenda Williams; and two brothers, Paul and Saul Williams.

He is survived by two daughters, Shawana Williams and Angela Williams of Oakland, California; two sons, Antwon and Aundre Williams of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one grandson; one granddaughter; one great granddaughter; three sisters, Anna Johnson, Grace Williams, and Rita Williams; two brothers, Michael Williams and Kenneth Williams; and two aunts, Irene Daniels and Jane McCoy all of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Sherri Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 21st at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Anthony “Tony” Lee Quinn

Anthony “Tony” Lee Quinn, age 59, of Dierks, Arkansas passed from this life Tuesday, February 18, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born January 11, 1961, in De Queen, Arkansas. He served in the United States Navy, was a maintenance manager for Tyson in Nashville, and a cattle farmer.

Mr. Quinn was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Gene Quinn.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 41 years, Cathy Burtsfield Quinn; his mother, Sue Hardin Quinn; two sons, Luke Quinn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Blake and spouse Courtney Quinn of Paducah, Kentucky; one daughter-in-law, Amy Nixon of Texarkana, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Anessa and Landon Quinn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Logan Quinn of Paducah; one brother, Marty and spouse Kelley Quinn of Claremore, Oklahoma; one sister, Kenya and spouse Jeff Heifner of Dierks; one brother-in-law, Bryan and spouse Jennifer Burtsfield of  Orange, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews; special friends, Darrell Wilhite and John Fannin; his Tyson Family; his mother-in-law, Linda Burtsfield of Bellingham, Washington; and a sister-in-law, Carrie Walls of Canada.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Quinn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2020, in the Dierks Cemetery with Michael Howard officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 20th at the Dierks Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bobby and Anthony Quinn Memorial Scholarship at Diamond Bank in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

Mr. Manton Montgomery

Mr. William Manton Montgomery, age 94, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was the eighth of nine children born to Elmer Lee and Katie Mae Williamson Montgomery on April 23, 1925 in De Queen. Manton was drafted and served his country with the United States Army and married the love of his life, Catherine Griffin, on January 1, 1946. He was very involved in the timber industry, working as a Logger, Truck Farmer and Land Buyer, for many years. When he was able, he attended church at De Queen First Baptist Church and was a former member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. he enjoyed fox, deer and coyote hunting, dancing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Catherine Montgomery; his daughter, Judy Lynn Tomlinson; four brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by one son, Ronnie Montgomery and wife Sheila of De Queen; four grandchildren, J. Mark Bigham and Susan of De Queen, Brian Montgomery of De Queen, Holly Rogers and Randy of De Queen, and Amy Mickle and Kalem of Rogers; four great-grandchildren, T.J. Bigham and Paige of De Queen, Spy Rogers of Pearcy, Candace Rogers of De Queen, and Chance Mickle of Rogers; a special niece, Diane Campbell of De Queen; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Manton Montgomery will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Larry Nichols

Mr. Larry Dale Nichols, age 74, resident of Shinewell, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born to Oscar Jack and Mary Louise Carter Nichols on October 29, 1945 in De Queen. He was a graduate of Haworth High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, Larry was stationed on the USS Saratoga. He married the love of his life, Rita Ann Carden, on May 23, 1965 in Winthrop, and to this union, one son was born. Larry was a Millwright working for International Paper in Valliant, Oklahoma, retiring after 32 years service. Larry also worked for Huber in Broken Bow, taking his second retirement after five years service. He was a member and Deacon of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads and was an ordained Baptist Minister. Larry was a member of the National Rifle Association and loved hunting and fishing, but there was one thing that surpassed this love and that was his family. He cherished the time spent with his loving wife, son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joey David; one great-grandson, Alex Reyes; and one sister, Shirley Hicks.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Rita Ann Nichols, whom he affectionately called “ReeRee,” of Shinewell, Oklahoma; one son, James Nichols and his wife Suszanne of Kountze, Texas; grandchildren, Colby Nichols and his wife Rendi of Shinewell, Oklahoma, Maggie McDonald of Foreman, Brandy Hart and her husband Matt and Kristy Reyes, both of Kountze, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kurtis and Krista Reyes, Kendra and Logan Hart, Jake Allen and Weston Jack Nichols, and Jaycee Platt; great-great-grandchildren, Aurora and Grayson Reyes; one brother, Nicky Nichols and his wife Sandy of Readyville, Tennessee; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Larry Nichols will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bros. Gary Steiner, Don Jones and Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow, with Naval Rites, at Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Larry Dale Nichols, age 74, resident of Shinewell, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born to Oscar Jack and Mary Louise Carter Nichols on October 29, 1945 in De Queen. He was a graduate of Haworth High School and proudly served his country with the United States Navy. During his time in the Navy, Larry was stationed on the USS Saratoga. He married the love of his life, Rita Ann Carden, on May 23, 1965 in Winthrop, and to this union, one son was born. Larry was a Millwright working for International Paper in Valliant, Oklahoma, retiring after 32 years service. Larry also worked for Huber in Broken Bow, taking his second retirement after five years service. He was a member and Deacon of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads and was an ordained Baptist Minister. Larry was a member of the National Rifle Association and loved hunting and fishing, but there was one thing that surpassed this love and that was his family. He cherished the time spent with his loving wife, son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joey David; one great-grandson, Alex Reyes; and one sister, Shirley Hicks.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Rita Ann Nichols, whom he affectionately called “ReeRee,” of Shinewell, Oklahoma; one son, James Nichols and his wife Suszanne of Kountze, Texas; grandchildren, Colby Nichols and his wife Rendi of Shinewell, Oklahoma, Maggie McDonald of Foreman, Brandy Hart and her husband Matt and Kristy Reyes, both of Kountze, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kurtis and Krista Reyes, Kendra and Logan Hart, Jake Allen and Weston Jack Nichols, and Jaycee Platt; great-great-grandchildren, Aurora and Grayson Reyes; one brother, Nicky Nichols and his wife Sandy of Readyville, Tennessee; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Larry Nichols will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bros. Gary Steiner, Don Jones and Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow, with Naval Rites, at Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Walter Ray Igo

Walter Ray Igo, age 82 of Wickes, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at his home.

He was born February 24, 1937, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  He was a machinist for Boeing, an Airforce veteran having served in the Korean War and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes.

Mr. Igo was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Cleatus and Velma Leona Ray Igo; his wife, Dorothy Lou Little Igo and one brother, Glen Edgar Igo.

He is survived by two sons, Wesley Igo and Walter Igo, Jr. of El Paso, Texas; three daughters, Dian Clemons of Seattle, Washington, Donna (Fred) Gammon of De Queen and Jennifer (Travis) McNeal of Foreman, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Maurice Walch of Washington state; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Sue Igo of Chowchilla, California; seven grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Igo will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes with Bro. Chris Burke officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 14th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Glenda Gayle Bryars Wells

Glenda Gayle Bryars Wells, age 84, of Ashdown, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, in Ashdown.

She was born November 27, 1935, in Bay Minette, Alabama. She was a member of the New Zion Methodist Church, a member of the Eastern Star, and caregiver and homemaker.

Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her parents and step father, Jesse Floyd Bryars and Eva Pearl Griffin McClain and Gordan McClain; one daughter, Eva Gayle Wells Patterson; two sisters, June DeMarco and Dawn Garrison; her step-mother, Lou Bryars.

She is survived by five daughters, Beth Gayle Shoemake (Randy) of Ashdown, Mary Gayle Moran (Steve) of Moucks Corner, South Carolina, Bobbie Gayle McQueen (David), Barbara Gayle Redmond (R.J.), and Glenda Gayle Redmond (O.L.) all of Perkinston, Mississippi; grandchildren, Skeeter Shoemake, Dustin and Andria Moran, Phyllip and Satchel McQueen, Trevor and Colton Redmond, Levi and Brittany Redmond, and Luke and Simon Patterson; eleven great grandchildren; two step-sisters, Pam Young of Florence, Mississippi and Marsha Young of Jackson, Mississippi and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wells will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the New Zion Methodist Church in Perkinston, Mississippi with Larry Bradberry officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time.

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

Mrs. Barbara Bohannon

Mrs. Barbara Ann Pickett Bohannon, age 81, resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born to Willie L. and Connie Taylor Pickett on March 11, 1938 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a 1956 graduate of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Texas. Following graduation, she married the love of her life, Harold Lloyd Bohannon, in May of 1956 in Houston, and to this union, two daughters were born. She spent many years keeping the home and later worked as a dog groomer, owning her own business until retirement. She was a member of the Old Corinth Church in Frog Level and enjoyed fishing. Barbara loved her family and spending time with them, but more than anything, she cherished and adored the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sibling; and a great-grandson, Cullen Varner.

She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Harold Bohannon of Lockesburg; two daughters, Carol Ann Boykin and Karen Midgett and her husband Keith, all of Lockesburg. She was Granny Bar to her four grandchildren, Trina, Tracey, Trista and Matt, and her six great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Cameron, Carson, Emma, Shelby and Valerie. She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Pickett and wife Judy of Lockesburg and Edward Pickett and wife Cheryl of Chriesman, Texas; two sisters, Judy Thompson of South Carolina and Vicki Lawrence and husband Donnie of Conroe, Texas; as well as, special nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Bohannon will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 14, 2020 at the Old Center Holiness Church with Chaplain Rufus Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Frank Pridmore, Jr.

Mr. Franklin Delanor Pridmore, Jr., age 57, of Lockesburg, died Friday, February 8, 2020 in Lockesburg.

No services will be scheduled. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

Mrs. Bobbie Ruth

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Gentry Ruth, age 80, resident of De Queen, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 06, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Ruth was born to John and Maggie Reed Gentry on March 25, 1939, in De Queen. She married the love of her life, James Alfred Ruth, on June 16, 1955 in De Queen, and to the union, four children were born. She was a member of Rose Hill Gospel Mission and a Homemaker. She and her family owned and operated a poultry farm outside of De Queen. She enjoyed going to church and raising chickens, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two great-granddaughters, Josie Ann and Jorie Lynn Burt; two brothers, Ern and Pete Gentry; and two sisters, Inez Shaw and Juanita Gentry.

She is survived by her husband of over 64 years, James Ruth of De Queen; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Billy Don Weeks, Sr. of De Queen, Barbara and Gene Liles of Hatfield and Evelyn and Russell Yandell of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joan Ruth of De Queen; 16 grandchildren, Billy Don, Jr., Wynona, Jonathan, Wynita, Lajeana, Danillia, Brandon, Aaron, Amanda, James “J Bo”, Sherra, Sandra, Shuvanah, Travis and Carrie; 34 great-grandchildren; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie Ruth will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Billy Don Weeks, Sr., Billy Don Weeks, Jr., and Brandon Burt officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Ernie Paul Walker

Mr. Ernie Paul Walker, affectionately known as “Flash” or “Ditch-Digger,” was born to Ottie and Betty Martin Walker on November 29, 1952 in Prineville, Oregon and left this World on February 2, 2020, at the age of 67.

He was a long-distance truck driver for many years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Keith Walker; two sisters, Arline Icenhower and Kathy Vallee; and one granddaughter, Kyarah Puckett.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Walker; two sons, Joshua Walker and Christopher Puckett and daughter-in-law, Teresa; four grandchildren, Selena Hanson, Sarah Puckett, Kyarra Puckett and Christopher James Puckett, Jr.; one sister, Brenda Durham Lewis; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Ernie Walker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Daisy, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Darwin Kenneth Bagnall

Darwin Kenneth Bagnall, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, January 31, 2020, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 6, 1938 in Conneaut, Ohio.  Mr. Bagnall was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was  retired from the plastic industry, was a proprietor of Pine Bowl Bowling Center and Big D’s Pizza of De Queen, Arkansas.  He was most devoted to The League Bowlers.

Mr. Bagnall was preceded in death by his parents, Mont S. Bagnall, Jr. and Esther L. Sheifelbein; one sister, Doris Bagnall; his uncle, Kenneth Bagnall and grandson, David Robert Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, ConnieJo Smith Bagnall; one daughter and son-in-law, JerriLee and Gary Owen; one son and daughter-in-law, David and April Smith; his mother-in-law, Jo Nell Blakeley; his brother-in-law and wife, Roger and Sharen Smith; one sister, Donna Craigo; one grandson, Gunnar Smith; one granddaughter, Destiny Smith; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Alyse; and a number of nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

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

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

Clint Cook

Mr. James Clint Cook, age 49, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1970 in Hot Springs and was a 1988 graduate of Kirby High School. He married the love of his life, Renee Lea Boler, in De Queen, and to this union, two children were born. Clint worked at Applied Industrial Technologies for 26 years, serving as General Manager. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker, watching TV, sharing his political views and he loved racing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll and Jessie Cook, Glen and Helen Simmons and Bill Davis; as well as, his father-in-law, Jesse Boler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Renee Cook of De Queen; one son, Shelby Cook of De Queen; one daughter, Sydney Cook and her fiancé Steven Foster of Fouke; three grandchildren, Lilly, Steven and Robert Foster, all of Hot Springs; his parents, Marsha and Kent Morphew of De Queen; his mother-in-law, Linda Boler of De Queen; as well as, aunts, uncles, cousins and all past and present co-workers of Applied Industrial.

Graveside services for Mr. Clint Cook will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Valley Cemetery, Gillham, with Layton Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Trey Wommack, Jeremy Jester, Chuck Mitchell, Darrell Pickett, Allen Wright and Seth Vanhorn.

Betty Ruth Harp Candelaria

Betty Ruth Harp Candelaria, age 90, of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, January 31, 2020, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born August 4, 1929, in Hollis, Oklahoma. Mrs. Candelaria was retired from the Campbell Soup Company. She was a member of the Horatio Methodist Church and loved gardening, canning, and playing dominoes. Mrs. Candelaria was a former member of the Rebecca’s in Humble, Texas.

Mrs. Candelaria was preceded in death by her parents, Lacey Leo and Bessie Mae Hall Harp; the father of her children, O.D. “ Opey” Thomas; one son, Walter James Thomas; one daughter, Marsha Lynn Gladden; three sisters, Rachel Paralee Posey, Fern McGowen, and Blanch Odell Tullos; and three brothers, Leo Harp, Z.M. Harp, and John Harp.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Dean (Patricia) Thomas of Horatio and Ira Lee (Jessica) of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and special friend, Nina McCoy, her adopted sister, of Horatio.

Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Candelaria will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020, in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Phil McLarty officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Frances Carol Bailey

Frances Carol Bailey, age 76, of Horatio, Arkansas died Thursday, January 30, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on September 19, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Bailey was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, coloring, and being with family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Rightmire and Doris Wilburn Dalton; her husband, Junior Bailey; and two brothers, Jackie and Bobby Rightmire.

She is survived by five sons, Lonnie Bailey of Horatio, Johnny (Bessie) Bailey of Horatio, Danny (Emmy) Bailey of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Billy Bailey of Horatio, and Steven (Erica) Bailey also of Horatio; two brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon and Joe Edward Righmire; one sister, Barbara Rightmire of Horatio; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

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

Pauline McRae

Pauline McRae, age 93, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Pink Bud Nursing Facility in Greenwood, Arkansas.

She was born on January 25, 1927, in Horatio, Arkansas to George and Mamie (Wilson) Reynolds.  She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ for over 70 years.

Mrs. McRae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter on January 10, 2001; one daughter, Carol Myers; one son, Dwayne McRae and a sister, Laura Varner.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana G. and Jerry Wilkins of Booneville, Arkansas and Connie and Charles Walters of Ft. Smith; seven grandchildren, Tracy Kidder, Shane Myers, Michael Wilkins, Tera Hicks, Sarah Stewart, Shannon Walters and April Davis; seven great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. McRae will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the De Queen Church of Christ with Toney Stowers officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until service time, Saturday, February 1st at the church.

Natividad Zamora Mayo

Mrs. Natividad Zamora Mayo, age 61, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

She was born to David Zamora and Flaviana Mayo on September 8, 1958 in Guerrero, Mexico. She married the love of her life, Mario Gutierrez Navarrete, on August 22, 1976 in Mexico. She was a homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. She enjoyed shopping, listening to music, cooking, gardening, traveling and taking pictures, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law, Mario Cisneros.

She is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Mario Gutierrez Navarrete of De Queen; three sons, David Ramos and his wife Blanca Estela Flores of Mexico, Mario Gutierrez and his wife Ana D. Gutierrez of Horatio and Fidel Gutierrez and his wife Maria E. Tapia of De Queen; three daughters, Neybi Cisneros of De Queen, Natividad Olvera and her husband Roberto of Horatio, Yessenia Velasquez and her husband Eduardo of Pine Bluff; 17 grandchildren; one sister, Honoria Gatica of Mexico; one brother, Sebastian Aparicio of Mexico; two nephews, Misael Suarez and Felix Guzma Gatica, both of Atlanta, Georgia; two nieces, Rosario Guzman, also of Atlanta, and Georgina Guzma of Mexico; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Natividad Zamora Mayo will be held at Noon, Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Public viewing and Rosary will be from 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, until service time Thursday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

James Pond

Mr. James D. Pond, age 41, resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Horatio.

He was born to Earl Leroy and Patsy Ann Martin Pond on August 28, 1978 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He was a Shade-tree Mechanic and enjoyed building small toys, spending time outdoors and leaving his mark wherever he could, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his daughters and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Pond; one brother, Jason Pond; maternal grandparents, Virgil and Marie Martin; and his paternal grandparents, James Walter and Laverne Pond.

He is survived by three daughters, Summer Pond, Winter Pond and Autumn Fullerton, all of Horatio, and their mother, Chavon Pond, also of Horatio; his mother, Patsy Cockrum of Horatio; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Cynthia Gregory and Melissa and Jake Atwood, all of Horatio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. James Pond will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Harmony Cemetery, New Hope, Arkansas, with Bro. Travis Young officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Joe Helms

Joe Helms passed away peacefully at his home on January 25, 2020.

Joe was born May 9th,1960, in Sevier County Arkansas to Bobby and Hazel Helms. He was raised in Gillham, Arkansas and graduated from Wickes High School in 1978. He was currently residing in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Joe is survived by his dad, Bobby Helms; his wife, Janice Helms; five children and (spouses), Alicia Ramage (Rick), Jared Helms (Nicole), Leslie Gentry, Emily Hickson, Jeremy Hickson (Desiree); nine grandkids, Braden and Lilly Gentry, Gracie and Tye Ramage, Isaac, Kaden, and Marianna Helms, and Coraline and Madeline Hickson. Joe is also survived by his sister Jan Gilbert (Don); and brothers, Robert and Don Helms; and multiple nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his two Labrador fur babies, Pepper and Sage. He was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Helms and sister, Sharon Helms.

Joe was a farmer for over 30 years before stepping into the insurance and sales businesses. He and his wife were members of Mineral Springs Church of Christ. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a devoted husband who enjoyed traveling with his wife on adventures such as Tuna fishing off the coast of Washington to hitching a ride with Pirates in the blue waters of the Bahamas. He was a beloved Dad and Joe Pops who taught the grandkids the definition of white knuckles while riding in the Jet foot up Little River, encouraged them to face their fears while jumping off Cat Rock or lighting a bomb in the homemade potato launcher and catching the hot potato. He also enjoyed passing on sketchy hunting skills and his love of guns and tactical applications. Joe believed no garden was worth having unless it was large enough to share the fruits of your labor with your neighbor and margaritas are always a good idea. He was famous for his fried fish, steaks over an open flame, and his crawfish boils your belly would remember for days. Joe was a friend to all he met and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all he knew.

Funeral services for Joe will be held at 2:00 p.m., January 28, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial will follow in Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg.

The family will recieve friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday the 27th at the funeral home.

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

Dionicio Lopez

Mr. Dionicio Lopez Alcocer, age 60, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs.

He was born to Isauro Lopez and Delfina Alcocer on December 26, 1959 in Mexico. He worked on the family’s ranch in Mexico and later worked for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen having 40 years service. He married Jakeline Espinoza Gutierrez, whom he loved dearly, on November 27, 2017 in De Queen. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; three brothers, Balberto, Estaban and Juan Lopez; sisters, Victoria Lopez and two infant sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Jakeline Espinoza Gutierrez of De Queen; one son, Richard Lopez of De Queen; one daughter, Norma Lopez Rodriguez of Mexico; nine grandchildren; his mother, Delfina Vidal Lopez Alcocer of  De Queen; three brothers and spouses, Francisco and Senoria Lopez, Vincente Lopez and Eladio and Lisa Lopez; four sisters, Baulbina, Eusebia, Alberta and Ambrosia Lopez; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Dionicio Lopez will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the St. Barbara Catholic Church, De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Public viewing and Rosary will be from Noon, Tuesday, January 28th, until service time Wednesday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Barbara Ann Proffer

Barbara Ann Proffer, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas went to be in her Saviors arms on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

She was born August 5, 1944, in De Queen to David and Clarice Rumph. Mrs. Proffer was a devoted Christian and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed helping others and listening to her Christian music. She had a beautiful talent for writing poems. She cherished spending time with her daughter, all of her grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Proffer was preceded in death by her parents, David “Doc” Rumph and Clarice Mae Lacy; her sister, Patricia Enovoldson; her special cousin, Lavonne Wolcott.

She leaves to cherish her beautiful memory two daughters, Lucretia Hodge and Michelle Georgina; two sons, Nathan Lyle and Marvin Daniel; two grandchildren, LaShelle Story and Shelby Story; four great grandchildren, Briana, Jaylon, Adriana and Eddie; two sisters, Peggy Honea of De Queen, Arkansas and Joyce Nolen of Austin, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place W #230, Landover, MD 20785.

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

B. R. “Jack” House

B. R. “Jack” House, age 95, of Dierks, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020.

He was born on August 2, 1924, in Brushy, the son of Joel Ernest House and Martha Ida Pinkerton House.  On April 14, 1984, he was married to Dorothea House.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alene House; two sons, Larry House and Kevin House; his parents; one brother, Doyle House; and two sisters, Winnie Matthews and Nora Faye Pate.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Bissell Chapel Church.  He was employed with Phillips Petroleum for over thirty-five years until his retirement.  One of his proudest memories was his twenty-five years he served as the Adult Sunday School teacher for the Holiness Church of Stinnett, Texas.  He enjoyed fishing, working in his many gardens and especially loved to sing and play his guitar and harmonica, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Jack was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and friend, and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  He has truly left his family with a wonderful legacy of cherished memories for all to hold in their hearts forever.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea House of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Rhonda House of Langley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Don Schenk of Stinnett, Texas, Barbara and Scott Chambers and Joan and Joe Isham, all of Dierks; nineteen grandchildren, Chandra Budd, Lacy Schwab, Terry House, Brandon House, Scott House, Rodney Bell, Candy Bell, Robert Bell, Danielle Crawford, Jessica Cowart, Jami Mosley, Tiffany Smith, Jonathan Isham, Kara Moore, Stephanie Wrye, Jesse Wyre, Daniel Chambers, Samantha Chambers and Billy Chambers; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, January 24, 2020, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood with Jonathan Isham and Chaplain Mark Miller officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Interment will be in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and staff of Dierksen Hospice of Texarkana.

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

Mr. David Gutierres

Mr. David Paul Gutierres, age 47, resident of Benton, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

He was the second of three children born to John H., Sr., and Laura June Blurton Gutierres on September 29, 1972 in Dallas, Texas. On February 17, 2018, David married Natasha Lynn Hollowell, whom he dearly loved. He was a member of the Horatio First Assembly of God and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leah Grace Gutierres.

He is survived by his loving wife, Natasha Gutierres of Benton; one daughter, Briana Corine Gutierres of Horatio; two sons, David Hayden Gutierres of Waco, Texas and Mason Snearly of Benton; one brother, John H. Gutierres, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Mount Pleasant; one sister, Sharon Willis and her husband Coy of Horatio; nieces and nephews, Faith Willis, Levi Nottingham, Garret Nottingham, Cassia Gutierres, Abby Gutierres and Josh Gutierres; an aunt, Helen Fox and her husband John of Tyler, Texas; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. David Gutierres will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 25, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 24th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Ray Shickles

Mr. William Raymond “Ray” Shickles, age 81, resident of Ashdown, passed from this life on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

He was ninth of eleven children born to Chester E. and Sina Marie Smith Shickles on March 10, 1938 in Naylor, Missouri. Ray married the love of his life, JoAnn Mary Brophy, on June 6, 1969 in Rockford, Illinois. He proudly served with the United States Army and later received an Associates Degree from Rock Valley College in Rockford. He worked as a Tax Preparer, spending over 50 years in the Accounting business and once owned Shickles Tax Service. He enjoyed story telling and once fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Jeffery Call; four brothers, Carson, Chester, Clyde and Joseph Shickles; two sisters, Gladys Creach and Zeta Brannum; and one brother-in-law, Harold Paris.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 50 years, JoAnn Shickles of Ashdown; four daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Marie Ditus (Geral) of Wellington, Colorado, Traci Lynn Call of Rockford, Illinois, Cherie Ann Barfield (Mike) of Gillham and Robin Renee Dorsey (Mark) of De Queen; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, Blake, Kyle, Casey, Shelby, Lindsey and Lucas; fifteen great-grandchildren; four sisters and their spouses, Velma Paris of Rockford, Illinois, Martha Woods (Ron) of Doniphan, Missouri, Marjorie York (Dan) of Rockford, Illinois hazel Pickering of Gladstone, Missouri; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Per his request, services will not be scheduled. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Curtis Cox

Mr. Curtis Emerson Cox, age 79, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2020, in a Texarkana hospital.

He was born to Milton Fred and Minnie Mildred Emerson Cox on May 3, 1940 in Sevier County, Arkansas. Curtis was a 1958 graduate of the De Queen High School and attended the University of Arkansas on a football scholarship. Prior to high school graduation, Curtis was selected to play on the 1958 Arkansas High School All-Star Football Team and proudly served with the Army National Guard. He was a starting Linebacker for the Arkansas Razorback from 1959 to 1961. He also played as Runningback and he proudly wore #31. Curtis married the love of his life, Donna Jane Allen, on March 18, 1965 in De Queen. He worked for Southwest Arkansas REA for 42 years. He started his career as a Lineman and finished the last 15 years as District Manager. He was a Mason, member of Masonic Lodge 461 in De Queen, and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He held many offices and received the “Pillars of Solomon” award in 2008. He was the former Scout Master for De Queen Troop 55 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, cooking and spending time outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leroy Cox and Dwayne Cox; and one sister, Willie Jean Simer.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 54 years, Donna Cox of De Queen; one son, Keith Allen Busby and his wife Vicki of Kirby; one daughter, Carla Jane Shelton and her husband Buddy of De Queen; three grandchildren, Bryan Scott Shelton and his wife Ashley of De Queen, Randall Eric Shelton and his wife Ashley of Mulberry and Callie Jane Busby of Kirby; one great-grandson, Jaxon Ty Shelton of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Curtis Cox will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 19, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, January 18th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Claudette Cubit Alvarez

Mrs. Claudette Lonjae Cubit Alvarez, age 46, resident of Springdale, Arkansas and former resident of De Queen, went to meet her Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born to Walter Gene and Charlotte Marie Hill Cubit on March 24, 1973 in De Queen. She was a 1991 graduate of Wright city high School and later received her CNA license from a Springdale area college. She married the love of her life, David Oswaldo Alvarez on February 6, 2004 in Fayetteville. Claudette had a heart of a caretaker and spent many years of her life helping others at the Northwest Medical Center in Northwest Arkansas. While she loved her work in the medical field, shortly before Claudette became ill, she made a career change which brought her great joy. She was an avid fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Tennessee Volunteers. She was a member of the FIrst Baptist Church in Wright City and enjoyed helping others, opening her home to her family and friends, fishing and gardening, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Cubit, and an uncle, Richard Hill.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, David Alvarez of Springdale; her mother, Charlotte Cubit of De Queen; two brothers, Walter Cubit, Jr. of Springdale and Bobo Stafford of Eagletown; two sisters, Paula Cubit and Naudi Powell, both of De Queen; her grandmother, Dixie Hill of De Queen; five nephews, Walterius Richard, Tyrone Cubit, Zaquavion Richard, Kyzier Fricks and Tarius Richard; eight nieces, Margaret Parker, Mya Parker, Kiara Baker, Jaquasha Richard, Jasmeen Cubit, Haylinn Mills, Tari Richard and Zariyah Wootton; seven aunts, Catherine Jordan (Charlie), Carolyn Young, Teresa Hill, Hazel Swift (Leroy), Sequtia Hill, Dorothy Elder (Robert) and Brenda Pennon; five uncles, Dwight Cubit (Evangeline), Lonnie Watson, Bobby Hill, Steve Hill and Clifford Hill; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Claudette Cubit Alvarez will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 18, 2020 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Sis. Sherry Grant officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home,  De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, January 17th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

James Arnold Jordan

Mr. James Arnold Jordan, age 75, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Foreman, died Monday, January 13, 2020, in De Queen.

He was born in Millerton, Oklahoma, on October 25, 1944 and was a graduate of Valliant High School. He worked as a truck driver and was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reg Jordan and Bettie Catherine Hester and Sam Curtis and Verda Tidwell Jordan; one son, Curtis Dean Jordan; two grandsons, Cody Jordan and Calvin James Woods; two stepsons, Ronnie Thorsby, and Rusty Thorsby; his wife, Jeanetta Val Jordan; one brother, Paul Jordan; and two sisters, Tommie Jordan Holman and Mary Jo Jordan.

He is survived by five daughters and a son-in-law, Renisa Thomas of Oklahoma City, Lisa Lopez of Broken Bow, Cathy Day of Horatio, Margie Shaw of Crossroads, and Carrie and Rudy Rivas of De Queen; fourteen grandchildren, Leticia Silva and Gloria Silva Bridges, both of Oklahoma City, Sammy Lee Lopez and Tevin Woods both of Broken Bow, Brittany Shaw, Scotty Shaw, Jessyca Hernandez and Hunter Day all of De Queen, Robin Jordan of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Seaerra Jordan of Hugo, Jerry Curtis Tabor of Haworth, Rustin Thorsby of Arizona, Carter Rivas and Elaina Rivas both of De Queen; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Jordan and Duskin Jordan; four sisters, Doris Jordan Farmer, Jerri Jordan Rice, Linda Jordan Anselmo and Shannon Jordan Gann; a special friend, Glenda Glover McDonald; as well as, other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. James Jordan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the First Baptist Church, Garvin, Oklahoma, with Jack Jordan, David Jordan and Jerri Rice officiating. Burial will be held at the Garvin Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Joyce Ann Bailey Hall

Joyce Ann Bailey Hall, age 80, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in Plano, Texas.

She was born September 24, 1939, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Chapel of the Pines Baptist Church in Hochatown, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lester and Josie Ann Chandler Bailey; her husband, Cephis Hall; three brothers, Walter Lester, Jr. “Buck” Bailey, Clarmon Bailey, and Virgil Lee Bailey; and one sister, Johnnie Lou Bailey-Benton-Turner.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, April DeFoor of De Queen and Kirk DeFoor of Horatio, Arkansas and Angela and Michael Wilson of Andover, Kansas; one son and daughter-in-love, Alan and LaChanna Hall of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Marissa DeFoor, Connor Wilson and Bailey Ann Elizabeth Hall; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hall will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Crow officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 10th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Mrs. Eugenia Lee Walker

Mrs. Eugenia Lee Walker went to be with her Lord and Savior the morning of January 4, 2020, in De Queen. Mrs. Walker was born to Altie and Gertis Walker in Tupelo, Mississippi on June 24, 1934.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister Vicki Walker, and one grandson Christopher Joe Cowan.

She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Kenneth and Janice Walker; her sister Daris Witt; sister and brother in law, Betty and Paul Stroud, and a brother in law LC “Uncle T” Martin. Three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Pam Gentry, Eddie and Tamela Gentry, and Bruce and Donna Cranfill. She also had two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Rick Cowan and Marta and Andy Ridge. She had 11 grandchildren, Ray Gentry, Temple Gentry, Rhayne Cassatt and husband David, LaRhett Tribble and husband Trey, Jamie Cowan and wife Mary, Aaron Whisenhunt, Reagan Ridge, Zoe’ Ridge, Derrick Dees and wife Angela, Darrin Dees and wife Kera, Whitney Kelly and husband Sean; 20 great grandchildren; a special friend, Virginia Wade Anderson; as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Walker was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church Foreman, AR, who enjoyed spending time with her family and church families. She was also an avid antiquer which she enjoyed doing with many special friends. She loved socializing and really kept up with the town business before entering Bear Creek Nursing Home. Mamaw, as she was so well known, was known for the way she kept her home, so eloquent and inviting, even after losing a lot of mobility. From her frequent walks to Perry Young’s grocery and her calls to the local Dollar General in Foreman to find out where the sirens were, she always was a step ahead at keeping up. She loved gospel music and loved to hear her loved ones sing. Some of her favorite songs were “Ain’t No Grave” and “Who Put the Tears,” as well as, many others we sing every day.

Losing a loved one to death is hard but losing them twice, to Alzheimer’s and then death is excruciating. Mother, Mamaw or Mrs. Jeanie may not be in this world any longer, but she’s regained her mind, her strength and she’s with all of those gone before.

Final services for Mrs. Walker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 10, 2020 in the Little River Community Church at Billingsley’s Corner with Bro. Richard Wade and Bro. Jamie Cowan officiating. Burial will follow at Pauley Cemetery in the Jewell Community, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Family visitation will be Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

John Milburn Tidwell

John Milburn Tidwell died peacefully on January 4, 2020 at the age of 93 in Mena, Arkansas, surrounded by family and friends. John was born on June 29, 1926 in the home on the county line between Polk and Howard County.

John was an admired building contractor and farmer. As a loving husband, he also filled the roles of the best father, grandfather, and great grandfather with pride. He often enjoyed spending time with Imogene and his family, camping and fishing on Arkansas lakes and actively serving as a member of Vandervoort Baptist Church. John will be remembered for his hard work, ethics, perseverance and service to God and country.

In the spring of 1945 John joined the military. He served in the U. S. Army, assigned to the 24th Infantry, 21st Regiment Company D. After six weeks of training, John went into active duty at Mindanao in the Philippines until the end of WWII in 1945. John was a master sergeant commanding over 200 men. Most nights he survived in a foxhole with bullets whizzing overhead. After the war, John returned to Alabama as a drill instructor. In 1946-47, John was stationed on Kumamoto, Kyushu, an island of Occupied Japan, as Headmaster of the U.S. Military School. His wife, Imogene, joined him while in Japan. His service to his country was of utmost importance to John.

Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. on January 7, 2020 at Crystal Hill Cemetery, Wickes, AR with James Squires officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, January 6th at the funeral home

John was preceded in death by his loving wife, Imogene Gentry Tidwell; parents, William and Deloma White Tidwell; four sisters, Ester Sutton, Bessie Barnes, Eldora Johnson, and Zelma Fowler; two brothers, Jim Tidwell and Marvin Tidwell; and a loving granddaughter, Amber CarLeigh Morris.

John is survived by two daughters, Patricia Towry (Charles) and Paula Dickerson (Merle); one son, Mitchell Tidwell (Laurie); one sister, Eugenia Woodruff; ten grandchildren, Shauna Gilbraith (Scott), Brad Lyle (Linda), Melissa Birchfield (Micah), Maralyn Faulkenberry (Stacy) Tamara Campbell, Jon Tidwell, Amy Tadlock, Brad Gentry (Haley), Briony Jenkins (Chad), Brentley Morris; twenty-six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Special caregiver, Sondra McCarley.

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

Kathleen Mary Butler Warren

Kathleen Mary Butler Warren, age 75, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, January 3, 2020, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 2, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church and was a retired LPN.

Mrs. Warren was preceded in death by her parents, William Butler and Marion Boyle Carson and one brother, James Butler.

She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Foreman and David Litchford of Horatio, Arkansas and Carrie Foreman also of Horatio, Arkansas; one son, Kevin Foreman of Arkinda; and eight grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, and two nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Warren will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Kern Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Fischer officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Ronald “Bimbo” Dwayne King

Ronald “Bimbo” Dwayne King, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 2, 2020, at home in Lockesburg.

He was born March 15, 1953, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ronald was a musician, logger, and owner of Superior Lawn Care. He was a Christian and loved fishing and hunting. Ronald was also a drummer in several bands including: Billy Ratliff Band, Fred Searcy Band, Locked and Loaded, Pulce, Bittersweet, Haywire, and Rocking Horse.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents, Berten Braley and Ora Faye Gore King and one brother, Berten Braley King, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Sally King; one daughter, Jessica King of Texarkana, Arkansas; three sons, Shaun King  and wife Tanya of California, Brandon King of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Greg King of Florida; two step-daughters, Shelly Chilcoat and Peggy Powell both of Lockesburg; two step-sons, Bobby Parson and wife Sylvia and Cecil Parson also of Lockesburg; two sisters, Kathy King of Lockesburg and Cheryle Altenbaumer and husband Marty of Ashdown, Arkansas; one brother, Dale King and wife Tracy of Van Buren, Arkansas; and a number of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020, at the Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg with Ann Holley and Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.