Obituaries

Mr. Ricky James

Mr. Ricky Duard James, age 71, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, September 24, 2018, in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

He was born to Gerald Duard and Pearlene Green James on August 9, 1947, at the family’s home in Horatio. He loved the Lord and was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ. He was an X-Ray Technician for the De Queen Medical Center and was later an Engineer for D&E TO&E, having 30 years service. He married the love of his life, Patricia Faye Roberson, on March 22, 1979, in De Queen, Arkansas. He loved to fish, garden, play Bluegrass music on the guitar, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian James; and two siblings, Bartie Campbell and Gary James.

He is survived by his wife of over 39 years, Patricia Roberson James of De Queen; one son, Ross James and his wife Candid of De Queen; one daughter, Renee James Denson and her husband Joe of De Queen; six grandchildren, Savanna, Seth, Elizabeth, Ezra, Daniel and Norene; one brother, Dale James and his wife Linda of Arlington, Texas; nieces, nephews, other relative and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Ricky James will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 27, 2018, in the Dierks City Cemetery with Bro. Toney Stowers officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Michael Nevels

Mr. Michael Dewayne Nevels, 64, of Elk City, Oklahoma was born on December 26, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. He is the son of Calvin and Delores Maxine (Kankelfritz) Nevels. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Intergris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma surrounded by his loving family.

He married Deborah Kaye Friday on November 29, 1980 in De Queen, Arkansas. She preceded him in death on December 20, 1998.

Michael enjoyed hunting, Oklahoma State Football games, the Texas Rangers, Rodeos and bull riding. He enjoyed going to the casino with Teresa. Michael was known to work a lot but always found time to spend with his family and friends. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Elk City, Oklahoma State University Posse Club and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. Michael was a member of the First Baptist Church but enjoyed attending The Way Church in Elk City, Oklahoma.

Cherishing his memory are his two sons, Sam Nevels and his wife, Keara of Memphis, Tennessee, Michael “Mikey” Nevels and his wife, Devon of Carter, Oklahoma; five daughters, Sumer Dupree and her husband, Darren of Elk City, Oklahoma, Tisha Thomas and her husband, Geoffrey of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Jackie Davidson and her husband, Tracy of Monument, Colorado, Tracy Goodson and her husband, Gene of Fairview, Oklahoma, Vickie Frantz of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; seventeen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, James Nevels and his wife, Nancy of Hartshorne, Oklahoma; sister, Theresa Maderer of Idabel, Oklahoma; companion, Teresa Frantz of Elk City, Oklahoma; best friend of thirty years, Peter Gee; a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Deborah; parents, Calvin and Delores Nevels; sister, Shirley Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 24, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Elk City, Oklahoma. Pastor Kyle Evans will officiate, Doc Ware will assist. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Oddfellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Funeral Services have been entrusted to the care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma.

Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 707, Elk City, Oklahoma 73648.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by using the online guest book at www.martin-duggerfuneralhome.com.

Mary Lou Petet Martin

Mrs. Mary Lou Petet Martin, age 81, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at her home.

She was born September 7, 1937 in the Lone Oak Community to Henry and Dean Petet. She attended De Queen Schools graduating in 1956. She was a cheerleader and played in Leopard Band. She was also a cosmetologist, artist, florist, auctioneer and church pianist for over 60 years. She was also past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Perry Wayne Martin for 43 years. He passed away in 1998.

She is survived by her children, Tony Wayne Martin of Dierks, Steven Glen and daughter-in-law Cindy Martin of Dierks and one special son by love, Fred Ware of Texarkana, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Brad and Ann Martin of Georgetown, Texas, Brady and Jennifer Martin of Gainesville, Texas, Ben Martin of Bryant, Arkansas; her special granddaughter, Beth and husband Trey Shelton of Dierks; four great grandchildren, Ali Shelton, Oliver Martin, Calvin Martin and Lucy Martin; two special brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Carol Petet of De Queen and Jerry and Virginia Petet of Springdale, Arkansas; one sister in-law, Ruth Culpepper of Jonesboro, Louisiana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Martin will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Brady Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

“John John” Thompson

Mr. “John John” Thompson also known as Yo-hon, age 46, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, September 16, 2018, in Midland, Texas.

He was born December 9, 1971, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a superintendent at Guardian Energy Services and a member of the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg. John John enjoyed hunting, golf, poker, and playing in the mud. He also enjoyed the Nebraska Huskers, Green Bay Packers, Arkansas Razorbacks “Razerbaks”, especially calling the Hogs. He loved his kids, nieces and nephews.

John John was preceded in death by his father, John “Conoco” Thompson and his grandparents, Leo and Mary Winer and Jack and Betty Thompson.

He is survived by two daughters, Katie and Ashlie Thompson of Blair, Nebraska; his mother, Susie Winer Thompson of Lockesburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Janna Thompson of Big Spring, Texas and Jimmy and Vanessa Thompson of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Brent Carver of Lockesburg ; his nieces and nephews, K’Leeh Holt and husband Joey, Cameron and Mason Kyle, Bryce and Jesse Keaton, Linnea and Izabelle Thompson, Marlee, John, Emily, and William James Carver; and a number of aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services for John John will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with his uncle Danny White, Bro. Donny Davis, and Bro. Tate Keith officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday the 20th at the funeral home. Please come as you feel comfortable or wear camo, red, Razorback or Husker colors.

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

William “Bill” Donald Cooper

William Donald Cooper passed into the eternal care of his Lord on Sunday, September 16, 2018. At the time of his death, Mr. Cooper was living with his lovely wife and daughter near Hugo, Oklahoma.

Mr. Cooper was born and raised in Missouri. He was born in Kansas City in 1934.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his Christian parents, Lionel and Emily Cooper and by his Christian sister, Carolyn Estrada.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joyce; six daughters, Christie Cooper of Norman, Oklahoma, Cathryn Gilbert of Rogers, Arkansas, Margaret Cooper of Austin, Texas, Dena Veuleman of Texarkana, Arkansas, Sonja Meazell of Lindale, Texas, and Chrystal Cogburn of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma; two sons, Larry Chewning of Troup, Texas and Todd Chewning of Bullard, Texas; five granddaughters, Amber, Amanda, Tiffany, Heather, and Brittany; nine grandsons, Eric, Daniel, Justin, who is Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, Mark, Joshua, Chase, Kameron, Bradley; and a number of great grandchildren.

Mr. Cooper graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. Upon graduation, he moved with his parents to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He worked in the oil industry in Tulsa and Tripoli, Libya where he served as an accounting manager. He traded his oil industry career for a career in healthcare finance, a move he did not understand until much later when he came to realize the Lord had moved him into the ministry he had been praying for. He spent the next 35 years as a chief financial officer, helping healthcare entities survive troubled financial times.

Mr. Cooper was a resident of Henderson, Texas from 1993 to 2016. He retired in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer of Henderson Memorial Hospital, now known as East Texas Regional Healthcare System- Henderson.

Mr. Cooper was a CPA and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and educational organization in healthcare finance. He held a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M-Texarkana.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Pavilion in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas with Junior Ochoa officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday the 19th at the funeral home.

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

 

Ms. Nora Cunningham

Ms. Nora Dean Green Cunningham, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, September 14, 2018, in a Little Rock hospital.

She was born to Thurman Young and Ida Ella Sillavan Green on May 17, 1954, in De Queen, Arkansas. She worked as an LPN in the office of Dr. Hoyt for 14 years. She loved the Lord and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, puzzles and piano, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Larry B. Green and Sonny Green; and one sister, Sonia Hankins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Tonia Brantley of Texarkana, Arkansas; three daughters, Glenda Mowry of De Queen, Crissy Knighten and her husband Michael of Winthrop, and Teresa Stafford and her husband Vernon of De Queen; two step-daughters, Samantha Williams and her husband Eric and Sandra Forrester and her husband Jason, all of Des Ark, Arkansas; fifteen grandchildren, Ashley, Shayna, Alex, Dalton, Clayton, Luke, Sarah, Patience, Patrick, Mason, Mabree, Mandie, Kobe, Trayton, and Chelsea; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Nelson of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Nora Cunningham will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 18th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ms. Dannette Alspaw

Ms. Marlene Dannette Alspaw, age 50, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, September 14, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas, surrounded by her family.

She was born to Daniel and Marlene Alspaw on May 23, 1968, in Bakersfield, California. She completed school in Bakersfield and earned an Associates of Business from the Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas. She was a Master Plumber and enjoyed crafting and making people laugh. Most of all, she enjoyed the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Alspaw and her sister Danna Alspaw.

She is survived by her mother, Marlene Alspaw of Ashdown, Arkansas; one son, Dextin Wheeler and his wife Whitney of Dierks, Arkansas; one daughter, Dara Barnett and her husband Brent of Magnolia, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Brooklee Cowling and Tyler Barnett of Magnolia, Arkansas; two brothers, Duane Alspaw and his wife Stacey, and Duke Alspaw and his wife Susan, all of De Queen; nieces and nephews, Deven, Clayton and his wife Ariana of Arkadelphia, and Aiden and Ava Alspaw of De Queen; as well as, a special friend, Lisa Adcock, other relatives, and a host of other friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Dannette Alspaw will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 16, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Duane Alspaw officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ronnie Lynn Blankenship

Ronnie Lynn Blankenship, age  64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in De Queen.

He was born  February 17, 1954, in De Queen. He was a truck driver and attended   Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Marcelene Garner Blankenship; his wife, Robin Blankenship; and two brothers, Rodney and Roy Dale Blankenship.

He is survived by two stepsons, Adam Williams and Kirby Williams; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Randy and Sherri Blankenship and Marty Blankenship all of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A 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

Richard Reitenbaugh

Mr. Richard Reitenbaugh was born August 21, 1937, and gained his wings on September 9, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Reitenbaugh and a son, John Schuetz.

He has a surviving sister, Mamie Wright of Idaho; five children, Jeff Schuetz, Charles Schuetz, Jennifer Bearden, Misty Greenlee, and Ladonna Langley; nine grandchildren, Amber, Justin, Philana, Brody, Chris, Trista, Lucinda, Arman, and Larrisa; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Richard was a great man who touched a lot of hearts and will truly be missed.

Memorial services for Mr. Reitenbaugh will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Church of the Nazarene in Ashdown, Arkansas.

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

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

 

Steven Paul Miller

Steven Paul Miller, age 49, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 26, 1969 in De Queen.

Steven was preceded in death by his father, David Earl Miller; and his grandparents, William Miller and Jimmy and Helen Wray.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Emily and David Dowdy of De Queen; one son, Logan Bradshaw; his mother, Linda Miller also of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Amanda Miller of Lockesburg, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Sherry Gainey, Micah Dowdy, Landon Dowdy, Nevaeh Dowdy and James Paul Dowdy; his grandmother, Julia Miller; two nephews, Tyler and Austin Miller; and a niece, Jasie Miller.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery pavilion with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11th at the funeral home.

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

Donnie Lorene Kiser
1934-2018

Mrs. Donnie Lorene Young Kiser, age 84, of Rockwall, TX, died on September 1, 2018.

There will be a Celebration of Life Friday September 7, 2018 2:00 pm at Eastgate Funeral Home Chapel in Garland, Texas.

 

Sam Brown Thompson

Mr. Sam Brown Thompson, age 86, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at his home.

He was born November 9, 1931, in Horatio. He was a truck driver, mechanic, and  a rancher. Mr. Thompson was also a member of the Horatio First United Methodist Church and a United States Air Force veteran.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, W.H.A. and Louise Pride Thompson; a daughter, Penelope Ann “Penny” Jones; and a granddaughter, Brittany Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Purtell Thompson; one son and daughter-in-law, Madison and Maria Thompson of Horatio; and a grandson, Richard Thompson of De Queen, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mr. Thompson will be held  10:00 a.m., Friday, September 7 , 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Foundation, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202-3591.

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

Paul Edward Churchman

Mr. Paul Edward Churchman, age 92, a resident of Forest, Mississippi, died Saturday, September 01, 2018, in Richland, Mississippi.

Mr. Churchman was born August 14, 1926 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a mechanical aerospace engineer, a World War II Navy Veteran and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Forest.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edward and Thelma Gorrell Churchman; one daughter, Diane Churchman Airhart and one brother, Johnnie Churchman.

Mr. Churchman is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Natalie Churchman; two granddaughters, Staci and Leslie Mizell all of Madison, Mississippi; three sisters, Enola Wagnon and Jo Ann Jarrell both of De Queen and Golda Chaney of Miami, Florida and a number of nieces nephews.

A graveside service for Mr. Churchman will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Redmen  Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, September 7th at the funeral home.

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

 

Ronnie David Pickens

Mr. Ronnie David Pickens, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, September 3, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born January 9, 1938, in De Queen. He was employed by D.H. Baldwin Company until his retirement. Mr. Pickens was a 1956 graduate of De Queen High School and a 1960 graduate of the University of Arkansas. He was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon for over 40 years.

Mr. Pickens was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Barbara “Bara” Margaret Cofield Pickens; one brother, Billy Pickens; and one sister, Orval McPhillips.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Gage Pickens; two daughters, Barbara Tozzano of Texarkana, Arkansas and Katy Pickens of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, David Pickens and Angie Sunderman of North Little Rock, Arkansas; one grandson, Mark Tozzano; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Pickens will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 5th, at the funeral home.

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

 

Jimmie Doyle Bice

Mr. Jimmie Doyle Bice, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 2, 2018, at his home.

He was born November 8, 1950 in McKinleyville, California. He was an auto mechanic and a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Bice was preceded in death by his parents, Vee and Betty Jo Joiner Bice; two brothers, Rod Bice and Woody Middlebrook; and a granddaughter, Brooklyn Pavioni.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Brett Pavioni of Little Rock, Arkansas; one son, Justin Bice of De Queen; three grandchildren, Kyla Bice, Alyssa Kelley and Elizabeth Pavioni; two brothers and a sister in-in-law, Jerry and Shirley Bice of Eagletown, Oklahoma and Kelly Bice, also of Eagletown; two sisters, Kathy Bice of Eagletown and Sharon Bice of Walnut Creek, California; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Bice will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Eagletown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 4th, at the funeral home.

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

Neville Don Hopson

Mr. Neville Don Hopson, age 85, a resident of Magazine, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.

He was born to Neville Woodson and Cleo Christine Gore Hopson in Falls Chapel, Arkansas on May 24, 1933.  He was a graduate of Ashdown High School, and Draughns Radio School.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Don was a First-Class Radio Engineer and Broadcaster.  He worked many Stations including KDQN, De Queen and KLRA, Little Rock, before putting KVYL on the Air in Holdenville, Oklahoma, which he and his wife owned from 1964 to 1979.  Retiring to the Blue Mountain Community in Logan County, Arkansas, where he was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Booneville, Arkansas.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, Tommy Canion.

He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Mary Ann Izard Hopson of Magazine; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Wink DeWayne Hopson and Jennifer, Shane Brent and Vicki Hopson, and Travis Neville Hopson; a daughter and son-in-law, Karlyn Kay and Larry Johnson; five grandchilden, Ryne, Mylynn, Lauren, Isabella, and Shannon; one brother, Rodney Brent and his wife Deanna Hopson, M.D.; two sisters and  one brother-in-law, Helena Jantine Canion, and Charla Beth and Gary Tucker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Don Hopson will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lee Canada officiating.  Burial will follow in the Hopson Family Cemetery near Falls Chapel, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be Wednesday, August 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Betty Thomas McNeal

Mrs. Betty Thomas McNeal (Granny), age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at her home.

She was born August 26, 1938, to David and Ella Proctor Thomas in Dierks, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Solid Rock Full Gospel Church. She enjoyed her family, loved animals, and the outdoors.

Mrs. McNeal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pat McNeal; three sons, David Kim McNeal, Terry McNeal, and Michael Patrick McNeal; one daughter, Doris Neugebauer; three brothers, Opal Dean Thomas, Odell Thomas, and Ray (Sonny) Thomas; and three sisters, Maurine Butler, Irene Brown, and Shirley Dinger.

She is survived one daughter, Cindy Pickett; her sister, Linda Catlett of Jacksonville, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Pamela and husband Duane Sumler; one son-in-law, Robert Neugabauer; 11grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Curtis Black, Bobby and Anna Neugebauer, Starla and Harold Martin, Barry and Carly McNeal, Amber McNeal and Rex Hackleman, Chris Pickett, Cody and Cindy Pickett, Tabitha and Justin Craig, Tina Ellis, Anthony and Lacy McNeal, and Adam McNeal; 28 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild on the way; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McNeal will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018, in the Horatio Cemetery with Sherrie Grant officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday the 29th at the funeral home.

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

William Nathan “Billy” Buck

Mr. William Nathan “Billy” Buck, age 65, a resident of Smithville, Oklahoma, died on Monday, August 27, 2018, in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born to Herman Nathan and Thelma Cox Buck on January 2, 1953, in Stockton, California. He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps and he was a truck driver. He married the love of his life, Mary Etta Dixon, on February 20, 1985, in De Queen, Arkansas. He enjoyed fishing, guns and his puppies. Most of all, he enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, William Ashcraft.

He is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Mary Buck of Hatfield; two grandchildren, Delane and Maelee Ashcraft of Darby, Texas; two brothers, Robert Buck of De Queen, and Gene Buck of Washington; one sister, Judy Jerkins; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Maxine Elizabeth Nichols Lidbetter

Mrs. Maxine Elizabeth Nichols Lidbetter, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, August 24, 2018, at her home.

She was born June 3, 1940, in Many, Louisiana. She was a retired school cafeteria manager.

Mrs. Lidbetter was preceded in death by her parents, Max C. and Violet Randolph Nichols; a sister, Faye Cupples and her husband Bob; and a niece, Tonya Rainer.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Lidbetter of De Queen; her children, Cheri Barber and husband Bo of Converse, Louisiana, Sheila Kanatzar and husband Bob of De Queen, Amy Mitchell of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Tony Lidbetter and wife Lindsey of Soap Lake, Washington; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lidbetter will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Many, Louisiana with Mike Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9-11a.m.  on Tuesday, at the church.

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

Roma Lee Bristow Young

Mrs. Roma Lee Bristow Young, age 79, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 25, 2018, at her home.

She was born July 20, 1939 in Foreman. She was an R.N. with New Directions at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma and enjoyed watching Bro. Shreve at First Baptist Church of Texarkana on Sunday mornings.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents, John and Daisy Provence Bristow; a sister, Billie Faye Fowler and a granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Diana Dossett of Minden, Louisiana and John and Renita Dossett of Ashdown, Arkansas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Julie and Terry Flood of Goodwater, Oklahoma, Jacqueline and Weldon Green of Terrell, Texas and Deborah Turner of Foreman; three brothers, Curtis Bristow, Samuel Bristow and Fred Bristow; one sister, Darlene Altenbaumer; 14 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Young will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Mize officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman.

The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Friday.

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

 

Jose Purdenciano Camacho

Mr. Jose Prudenciano Camacho, age 70, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in Dallas, Texas.

He was born to Isidoro and Rufina Gonzalez Cruz Camacho on April 27, 1948, in Mexico. He had a very strong work ethic and he spent his life working in the oil fields, pipelining and at Tyson. He enjoyed fishing, his animals, farming, gardening and bringing roses to his sweet wife, Rufina. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Martin Camacho.

He is survived by his wife, Rufina Jimenez Hernandez Camacho of Mineral Springs; one daughter, Alberta Garcia and her husband, Efrain, of Mineral Springs; three sons, Febronio Camacho and his wife, Isidora, of Nashville, Prudincio Camacho and his wife, Maria, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jesus Camacho of Texarkana; eighteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Jose Camacho will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, August 27, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Jeremiah Perez officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 25th from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., and Sunday, August 26th from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Eulis Smith Dalrymple

Mr. Eulis Smith Dalrymple, age 91, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at his home.

He was born December 18, 1926 in Umpire. He was a farmer and attended Athens Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Dalrymple was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Smith and Winnie Strasner Dalrymple; an infant sister; and a grandson, Phillip Kevin Efird.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Jean Manasco Dalrymple; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Phillip Efird of Umpire; two grandchildren, Matthew Kyle Efird and wife Lesli and Sarah Anne Frachiseur; six great grandchildren, Trey Allen Frachiseur, Peyton Lane Frachiseur, Alexandra Spaine Efird, Samantha Manasco, Tristan Deputy and Camryn Johnson.

Funeral services for Mr. Dalrymple will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Mr. Paul Jefferies

Mr. Paul Edward Jefferies, age 87, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home.

He was born to Claude and Ailene Jefferies on April 22, 1931 in Keevil, Arkansas. He married the prettiest girl in Monroe Country, Veda Burton , on October 4, 1951 in Brinkley, Arkansas. After serving in the Army and National Guard, he and Veda raised seven children, whom he loved to spend his time with. He was a machinist for 22 years, working for Nekoosa, he was also a carpenter, artist, and musician. He was a man of many talents and when given the chance, he was a dang good fisherman. He was a wonderful father and husband. He was a kind man and a friend to many. He loved life and he always tried to help others.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Paul Burton Jefferies.

He is survived by his wonderful wife, Veda Burton Jefferies of Ashdown, Arkansas; seven children, Paul and his wife, Jean Ann Jefferies of Ashdown, Bryan Jefferies of Texarkana, Texas, Matthew Jefferies of Ashdown, Alonna and her husband, Ernie Almeranti of Troy Michigan, Trina and her husband Terry Day of Ashdown, Amber Ybarra of Newport, Arkansas, and Carson Jefferies of Ashdown; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

Casual memorial services for Mr. Paul Jefferies will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 25, 2018 in the Central Baptist Church, 271 West Commerce Street, Ashdown, with Bro. Don Embry and Chaplain Rufus Robinson 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 family wished to extend their deepest appreciation to Steve, Becky and Jessica Scarborough, special friends of the family.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202, in honor of Mr. Jefferies grandson, Paul Burton Jefferies.

Nicky Joe Hofert

Nicky “Nick” Joe Hofert, 65, passed away from this life on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 surrounded by loving family at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He was born to Betty Jo Hofert Cooper and Wayne Hofert of Iowa City, Iowa on November 24, 1952.  At a very young age Nick came to know and love David Cooper as a loving father.

Nick was a graduate of De Queen High School in De Queen, Arkansas in 1970 where he was very active in Football and Track, and had many dear friends.  He was a member of the National Guard from 1972 to 1978.  He was a loving husband to Joan Shaw Hofert.  They enjoyed spending time with their family, watching professional and college sports and spending time at Lake Tenkiller Oklahoma with family and friends.

At his time of death, he was employed by Twin Cities Ready Mix as a Plant Manager and worked a total of 18 years for Twin Cities.  His exemplary integrity and work ethic endeared him to the company owners and staff.  Working for Twin Cities Ready Mix was a great source of pride and joy in his life.

Nick was preceded in death by father, Wayne Hofert; stepfather, David Cooper; sister, Charlene Dowdy; and brother, Bill Hofert.

Nick is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Joan Hofert; mother, Betty Cooper; sons Brian Craig, wife Kara Faye Craig, and Nicholas Hofert; children by marriage Sarah and Kim Jackson, Billy and Amanda Popejoy; grandchildren McKenzie, London, Josie, and Jimmy.

Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Floral Haven, 6500 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in The Rose Chapel at Floral Haven.  Burial will follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, Garden of Prayer in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to www.cancerresearch.org.

 

Mrs. Kristal Hardin

Mrs. Kristal Lynn Hardin, age 60, a resident of De Queen, AR, died Tuesday August 14, 2018, in Texarkana, TX.  Kristal was born September 27, 1957, in Bay City MI, to Arland Duane Krumm and Judith Ann Krumm.

Kristal was preceded in death by her father Arland Duane Krumm, her husband Thomas Robert Hardin II, her brothers Arland Duane Krumm Jr, Darel Allen Krumm, her son Thomas Robert (Robby) Hardin III, and her beloved grandson Micah Wesley Hardin.  She leaves to cherish her loving memory her mother Judith Ann Krumm of North Fort Myers Fl, one sister Julie Ann Krumm of Fort Myers Fl, one daughter Tiffany Joy Hardin of Tampa Fl, a sister-in-law Patty Dougherty of Orange City, Fl, a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Kristal faithfully served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses her entire life.  She enjoyed telling people about her hope of everlasting life on a Paradise Earth, in a healthy body, that will come about through God’s Kingdom.  She was a member of the English Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in De Queen, AR.  She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, was a Freelance Journalist/Columnist for the De Queen Bee’s Kristal’s Korner and for Muscular Dystrophy’s Quest Magazine.  Kristal was a local writer/illustrator of children’s books, a favorite being “The True Story of Mr. Buckets”.  Her skill and passion for photography won her many awards in local and state-wide exhibits.

Kristal’s love of life was evident in her determined, down-to-earth approach to life’s unrelenting challenges.  Her love for Jehovah God was evident by never blaming Him.  She was a lover of music, movie quotes, and her dogs.  She was inspiring, encouraging, and content with life.  Kristal will be remembered for her positive loving spirit, lightheartedness, loyalty, compassion and selflessness.  To meet her was to love her.

Respecting her wishes, no services will 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.

Randy Lamar Bakenhus

Mr. Randy Lamar Bakenhus, age 57, a resident De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 16, 2018, at his home.

He was born August 31, 1960, in De Queen.  He was an employee of Flowers Baking Company and a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

Mr. Bakenhus was preceded in death by his parents, William L. and Beulah Wayland Bakenhus and one son, William Derick Bakenhus.

He is survived by his wife, Gaythy Bakenhus; one son, Dustin Lamar Bakenhus of De Queen; one daughter, Reisa Lynnell Bakenhus of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Tommy Henthorn of Idabel, Oklahoma; and several special cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Bakenhus will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. There will be a private family committal service following the funeral.

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

Mrs. Euna Sanders Williams

Mrs. Euna Carol Canady Sanders Williams, age 65, a resident of New Boston, Texas, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

She was born to Winford and Mary Ella Carlile Canady on October 3, 1952, in Guymon, Oklahoma. She was a teachers aide having worked in the Foreman Public School District for 16 years and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Foreman. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Williams of New Boston, Texas; three daughters, Lisa Gail Sanders, Beth Cauley and her husband Chad, and Tracey Leigh Hicks and her husband Shawn, all of Foreman, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Derrick, Trista, Carli, Laken, Landon, Cara, Grace, Abigail, Hazin and Maverick; one sister, Gail Dainwood and her husband Bruce of Montague, Texas; three nephews, Shannon Kirby, Brannen Kirby and Chad Giovengo; as well as, other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mrs. Euna Sanders Williams will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Foreman with Bros. Duaine Blackmore and Trent Liggin officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M., Wednesday until service time, at the church. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mary Grace Brown Sanders

Mrs. Mary Grace Brown Sanders, age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 9, 2018, at her home.

She was born July 9, 1933, in Magnolia, Arkansas. Mrs. Sanders was a rancher and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ. She enjoyed the outdoors and fishing.  She was also a former barrel racer and horse woman and engaged in quilting and knitting. Mrs. Sanders was taught to crochet by a French lady while stationed in France with her husband. Some of her other activities were leather tooling and gardening. She liked to beat Walt in producing the first tomato of the season from her tomato plants.

Mrs. Sanders was preceded in death by her parents, Pete H. and Myrtie Druscilla Brown and her first husband, Ted Powell.

She is survived by her husband, Walter M. Sanders; a daughter, Wendy Clay and husband Ronnie of De Queen; a son, Chris Powell and wife Vonne of Ft. Worth, Texas; two step-sons, Monty Sanders and wife Rosa of Yuma, Arizona and Matt Sanders of Stillwater, Oklahoma;  a step- daughter, Andrea Stafford and husband Clifford of Horatio, Arkansas; five grandsons, Tim Clay and wife Julia, Ted Clay and wife Chrysten, Wade Powell and wife Lena, Avery Powell and wife Jamie, and Cleve Powell and wife Krista; two step-grandsons, Hunter Sanders and Conner Stafford; two step-granddaughters, Katherine and Kaitlyn Stafford; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Sanders will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2018, in Redmen Cemetery with Bobby Tatum and Tony Stowers officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday the 11th at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the De Queen Church of Christ food pantry would be appreciated.

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

Sudie Christine Glossup Oglesby

Mrs. Sudie Christine Glossup Oglesby, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Marshall Carpenter and Anna Marie Glossup in Chillicothe, Texas, May 15, 1930.  She worked in food service as well as a homemaker.  She was a member of The First Pentecostal Church of God.  She enjoyed jewelry, beadwork, and necklaces, was an avid John Wayne Fan.  She was known as Grandma to many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Melvin Woodard, and Joseph Oglesby; two children, William Leon Woodard, and Judy Ann Cheatham; a brother, Henry Glossup; a sister, Geraldine Glossup; a grandchild, Johnny Riley; .

She is survived by one daughter, Linda Hodges of De Queen; two sons, Larry Oglesby and Gary Oglesby both of De Queen; five grandchildren, Jerry and his wife Hope Cheatham of De Queen, Ella, Mark, Charles, and William; a number great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a daughter-in-law, Doris Woodard, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Christine Oglesby will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 10, 2018 in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas, with Rev. James Copp officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Angela Dunn

Angela Dunn, 46, of Lockesburg, AR, passed away on July 30th, 2018.

She is the daughter of Clarence Lamm Jr. and Stella McGhee. She is preceded in death by her grandparents and a grandson, Madden Beckett.

Angela is survived by her parents, two daughters- Jade Blaauw and Ashlee Dunn, three brothers- Troy Wilson, Shane Lamm, and Christopher McCrobie, two sisters- Paula McBroom and Kristi Buck, and a number of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Angela will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks, AR.

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

Robert Washington Matthews

Mr. Robert Washington Matthews, age 70, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died at the place he loved, Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Little River County at his deer lease.

He was born November 19,1947, in Ashdown, Arkansas.  He was a farmer and served in the Army National Guard. Robert loved to hunt and fish and he would do anything for anyone.

Mr. Matthew was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. (Buddy) Matthews II and Bernece Lefevers Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Mills Mathews of Foreman, Arkansas; one son, Sam Bailey of Desoto, Missouri; three daughters, Bobbi Joe Edwards of Clarksville, Tennessee, Robin Sanders of Little Rock, Arkansas and Christy Rincon of Denton, Texas; three brothers, Tom Jones of Ralston, Oklahoma, John R. Jones of Bloomburg, Texas, and Sam Jones of Lantana, Texas; two sisters, Lydia Howard of Bloomburg, Texas and Georgia Jones of Atlanta, Texas; five grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Connie Murphy of St. Louis, Missouri and Roberta Helton of Washington, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Donald Mills of Dallas, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Robert Matthews  will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 10, 2018, in the Blackland Cemetery with Audie Dawson officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

George Neal Jordan

Mr. George Neal Jordan, age 65, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

He was born to Lonzo Jordan and Minnie Nelson Hopkins on December 14, 1952, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver and a Master Mechanic. He enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

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

He is survived by one daughter, Ashley Lacosta Bowers of Oak Grove, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Brandy Bowers of De Queen; one grandson, JeMarcus Jordan Hendrix; two step-grandsons, Elijah Jamerson and Christopher Trusley; a special nephew, Jacob Jordan Maull; five brothers, Frank Lee Jordan of De Queen, 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; three sister, Clara Mae Wilburn of Kansas City, Missouri, April Bennett of Horatio, and Marie Whitmore of De Queen; a special cousin, Leroy Nelson and his wife Maria of Horatio; as well as, other nephews, nieces, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. George Jordan will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, August 18, 2018, in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Supt. E.A. Edwards officiating with the assistance of Apostal Jerome Edwards. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The family ask that donations be made to Chandler Funeral Home to pay toward funeral expenses.

David Jeffrey Brecheisen

Mr. David Jeffrey Brecheisen, age 40, a resident of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and former resident of De Queen, died Saturday July 7, 2018 in Capetown, South Africa.

He was the son of John L. Brecheisen and Teresa L. Duke Brecheisen.  He was born on April 4, 1978 in Mena, Arkansas.  He graduated from UALR with a Masters in Education and was an English Instructor at the Institute of Public Administration in Saudi Arabia.  He was a Christian and enjoyed adventure, traveling, computers, History, and he had a love for antiques.  He enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Ariadna Brecheisen of Florida; one son, Brice Lane Brecheisen of Arkansas; his parents, John and Teresa Brecheisen of Wickes; three brothers, Richard Jason Ashcraft of Oklahoma, Christopher Jeremy Brecheisen of Texas, and James Brecheisen of Texarkana,  two step-brothers, John Brecheisen, Jr. of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and Steven Brecheisen of Provo; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Jeffery Brecheisen will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Jorge Luis Martinez Vargas

Mr. Jorge Luis Martinez Vargas, age 30, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, July 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

He was born January 21, 1988 in Mexico.  He was employed by Thirteen Inc. Concrete and was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church. Jorge enjoyed soccer, going to rodeos, traveling and spending time with family. He was a great father and husband and was very friendly.

Jorge was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Alejo Martinez and maternal grandfather, Floriano Vargas.

He is survived by his wife, Mayra Martinez; one daughter, Hadi Martinez; two sons, Jorge Martinez, Jr. and Amir Zaid all of De Queen; his parents, Jose Martinez and Rosa Vargas of De Queen; his brothers and sisters-in-law. Jose Angel Martinez of Houston, Texas, Diego Martinez, Hugo Martinez, Jose Martinez, Daniel Torres and Alvaro Hernandez all of De Queen, Elaina Perez, Mary Martinez, Eliza Camacho, Karina Martinez, Juana Perez, Adolfo Martinez, Jose Martinez; paternal grandmother, Jesus Garcia and maternal grandmother, Carmen Orozco both of Mexico and a number of nieces, nephews and many friends that loved him.

A vigil service will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2nd in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen.

Funeral Mass will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Edwin Ray Birmingham, Jr.

Mr. Edwin Ray Birmingham, Jr., age 74, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Monday, July 30, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born February 15, 1944, in Texarkana. He was a truck driver and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Mr. Birmingham was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Ray Birmingham and Mary Malderine Richey McCullough; one son, Dion Birmingham; one brother, Richey McCullough; and a sister, Vera Jean McCullough.

He is survived by his significant other, Teresa McNeal and her daughters Jennifer Reed and Tonia Brantley of Texarkana; two sons, Shane Birmingham of Magnolia, Arkansas and Jerald Birmingham of De Queen, Arkansas; two daughters, Shannon Birmingham of De Queen and Rachel Smead of Texarkana, Texas; three brothers, Eric Birmingham of Columbus, Ohio, Jon Birmingham of Aikan, South Carolina, Steve McCullough of Houston, Texas and Jack McCullough of De Queen; one sister, Kay Dickey of Russellville, Arkansas; 20 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Birmingham will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Trauger officiating. Burial will follow in Red Lick Cemetery in Red Lick, Texas.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, at the funeral home.

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

 

Dorsey Lee “Doc” Hensley

Mr. Dorsey Lee “Doc” Hensley, age 77, of Ardmore, Oklahoma died Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Ardmore.

He was born April 18, 1941, in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a retired business owner and enjoyed playing his harmonica and guitar.

Mr. Hensley was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Edith Mae Hensley; his grandparents, Doc and Lizzie Hensley; and three brothers, Billy D. Tallant, Ronald W. Tallant, and Lee Ervin Tallant, Jr.

He is survived by one son, Jack Hensley and one daughter, Sherry Hensley of Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Jessica and Kala; two great granddaughters, Josie and Violet; one great grandson, Thomas; one brother, Gary Tallant; one sister, Judy Williams, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hensley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Campground Cemetery in Winthrop with Phill McLarty officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Mrs. Laura Mae Scott

Mrs. Laura Mae Scott, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 26, 2018, in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

She was born on July 2, 1946, to Dexter Monroe and Mary Ellen McClung, in Mena, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Bobby James Scott, in 1967. She was an EMT and was an active member of a Central Alaska Volunteer Fire Department. She was a homemaker and she enjoyed the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by one son, Lynwood Scott of De Queen; two daughters, Mary Denise Thompson and her husband Paul of Kaliformsky, Alaska, and Bobbie Joe Rotter of Eastern, Washington; one brother, Dexter Monroe Ferry, II, of De Queen; one sister, Henrietta Provoost of Maine; eight grandchildren, Lynwood Michael Scott, Weston Blake Scott, Delta Rotter, William Rotter, Tiffany Rotter, Cristo Meladona and Christopher Thompson; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends

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

 

Loyd Earl Montgomery

Loyd Earl Montgomery, age 87, of Lockesburg passed peacefully on July 27, 2018.

He was born May 3, 1931, at home on Martin Hill near Provo, Arkansas and was a member of Lockesburg First United Methodist Church and a past Master of the Lodge Mason at Belleville Masonic Lodge #35.

Loyd was proceeded in death by his parents, Furman and Ottie Montgomery, one sister Norma Dell Montgomery Pell, one brother Thurman Edgar Montgomery, one son Roy Earl Montgomery, one nephew Rickey Pell and one great granddaughter, Sutton L. Alsbrook.

Loyd is survived by one daughter, Diane Montgomery Fisk and husband Stanley of Waxahachie, Texas, and two sons, Bill Montgomery and wife Larenda of Lockesburg Arkansas, Ben Montgomery and wife Leslie of Bryant, Arkansas. Loyd was Papa to five grandchildren Patrick Montgomery, Cassondra Liggin, Katie Tuckey, Eric Fisk, and Samantha Alsbrook.  Great grandchildren include Laini Liggin, Bentlee Liggin, Lylah Alsbrook, Wesley Montgomery, Reid Montgomery, Georgia Tuckey and two additional great grandchildren on the way. Randy Pell and Joy Pell Cruse are surviving nephew and niece.  Melvin and Haidee Chandler also became part of the family when they became Loyd’s caregivers earlier in the year.

Loyd was a 1950 graduate of Lockesburg High School.  After graduation, Loyd joined the Navy and served in the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1954.  After his discharge he entered LeTourneau Technical College in Longview, Texas.  It was in Longview that he met his future wife, Helen Louise Ray and married on 11/25/54, after a courtship of only 2 months and 10 days.  Loyd and Helen celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary shortly before Helen’s death in November of 2013.  After graduation from LeTourneau in 1960, Loyd was employed as plant engineer by Dierks Forest Plant in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  Throughout the years he worked at Welch Grape Juice in Springdale,

Arkansas, Humco Chemicals in Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia Pacific in Crossett, Valentine Pulp and Paper in Lockport, Louisiana.  Loyd and Helen and their four children eventually returned home to Lockesburg in 1972 settling in the former Frank Gillian home.  He was employed by Weyerhaeuser until retirement and also raised cattle.

Loyd’s favorite pastimes included writing songs and playing the guitar.  He performed at many local events.  Loyd was somewhat of a historian as he always had a story about where something happened or was located.  He documented a lot of information about his life and the way things were done in his early life. Loyd gardened, always sharing his vegetable with family and friends.  He loved taking the family for rides in the “chariot” to see the cows.  A caregiver to many including his father, sister, mother-in-law and wife, he never complained.  He was greatly loved and (you bet) will be missed by many.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Montgomery will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, July 30, 2018, at Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Terry Chapman officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday the 29th at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oddfellows Cemetery, 108 Provo Road, Lockesburg, AR 71846.

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

Betty Ann White Griffin

Mrs. Betty Ann White Griffin, age 73, a resident of Rockwall, Texas died Friday, July 27, 2018, in Rockwall after a brief illness.

She was born January 25, 1945, in Borger, Texas to Victor Dean White and Vernice Ann Cates White. The family moved to Arkansas and Betty spent her childhood years there, attending Dierks High School. She moved to Rockwall where she worked as a contract administrator for the U.S. Department of Defense. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Amberton University in Dallas, Texas. Betty enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, and following the horse races in her free time.

Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Vernice White; older brother, Billy Dean White; and nephew, Russell Cox.

Betty is survived by one son James “Chip” Griffin, Jr. of Texarkana, Texas; a grandson, Patrick Martin Griffin of Texarkana, Arkansas; two brothers, Victor David White of Dierks, Arkansas and Mark White of Texarkana, Arkansas; three sisters, Verna White Jones of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Donna White Strasner of Umpire, Arkansas, and Vicki White Graves of Texarkana, Arkansas; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was privileged to spend her last 27 years with the love of her life, Frank Vecellio of Rockwall.

Memorial services for Mrs. Griffin will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bissell Chapel Memorial Garden Fund in c/o Belinda McQuary.

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

 

Bobby R. Bush

Mr. Bobby R. Bush, age 86, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Friday, July 27, 2018, in Hot Springs.

He was born June 14,1932, in Winthrop, Arkansas. He was a Will Sheeter operator at Nekoosa Papers in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Mr. Bush was preceded in death by his parents, David and Hattie Bartley Bush; one daughter, Devida Chandler; one sister, Ellanee Parker; and one brother, Mickey Bush.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Lamb Bush; one son and daughter-in-law, Clifton David and Connie Bush of Naples, Florida; one granddaughter, Heather Pilgreen and husband Jackie of Little Rock, Arkansas; two sisters, Nona Ryals of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Betty Sumner of Ashdown; one brother Rex Bush of Memphis, Tennessee; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends  from 2:00-8:00 p.m., on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the funeral home in De Queen. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Margaret Kate Purtell Pell

Mrs. Margaret Kate Purtell Pell, age 86, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born October 3, 1931, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. Mrs. Pell was a homemaker and was the owner and manager of Pell RV Park. She was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pell was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jewell and Bessie Estella Keith Purtell; her husband, Johnnie Claude “J.C.” Pell; and one daughter, Kathy Estell Pell Mohr.

She is survived by two grandsons, Kristofer and his wife Amanda Mohr of Ft. Worth, Texas and Gregory Mohr of Raleigh, North Carolina; three nephews, Wayne Smith of De Queen, Arkansas, Randy Pell of Hope, Arkansas, and Johnny Pell of Ashdown, Arkansas; three nieces, Joy Cruz of Louisiana, Claudine Tompkins of Lockesburg, and Barbara Martin of Little Rock, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Anna Smith of Lockesburg; one son-in-law, Don and wife Donna Mohr of Coppell, Texas; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Pell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, in Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Dewayne Mack and John Lindsey officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29th at the funeral home.

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

 

Earl Manning Litchford

Mr. Earl Manning Litchford, age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, July 27, 2018, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born March 28, 1938, in Horatio. He was a retired truck driver for Millwood Trucking in Nashville, Arkansas and served in the Army National Guard.

Mr. Litchford was preceded in death by his parents, Joel R. and Ethel Loretta Land Litchford; his wife, Shirley Howard Litchford; and four brothers, James, Franklin Del, Chester, and Joel Litchford.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Beverly Litchford and Paul and Regina Litchford all of Horatio; four daughters and three sons-in law, Michele and Ray Candelaria of Texarkana, Texas, Joy Litchford of Berryville, Arkansas, Sherri and Phillip Rogers of Texarkana, Texas, and Christie and Heath Murry of De Queen; one brother, Wesley Litchford of  De Queen; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Litchford will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Old Center Church with Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends  from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28th at the funeral home.

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

Helen Keith

Helen Keith, age 86, a resident of Plantersville, Texas, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Tomball, Texas.

She was born March 3, 1932, in Foreman, Arkansas. She worked a number of years for Raython, an electronics company in Chicago and San Diego while continuing her education.  Helen attended college while working and ultimately got her degree in Education.  She taught both in Chicago and Los Angeles finally retiring from teaching in Los Angeles.  After retiring she relocated to Wisconsin but only for a while-her favorite brother, Charlie, lived in Texas and that was her final destination.  She has lived on her property for at least 20 years in Plantersville, Texas with her dogs and cats.  She enjoyed watching the wildlife in her front yard especially the birds.

Helen was a great, wonderful and amazing daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.  She helped those in need offering them a hand up and encouragement.  She was strong and held firm in her beliefs.  We would be remiss if we didn’t say occasionally Helen had a streak of stubbornness and oneryness- but that was Helen, and despite those characteristics or maybe because of them we loved her.  Her loyalty, caring, compassion and love for us more than showed us what was truly in her heart.

Helen’s love of animals was evident in the cats and dogs she owned.  She enjoyed tinkering on cars- whether she was good or not was another story.  She enjoyed reading about history and was quite the history buff.  She shared her knowledge not only with her students when she taught, but anyone who was interested.  She also shared her political views with anyone who would listen.

Helen enjoyed her solitude, but welcomed family and friends often taking us to her favorite restaurant- Rudi Lechners in Houston.  She especially loved the playing of their Alp horn.  She thoroughly enjoyed times she spent there and with family and friends.

Helen’s smile, casual raising of her eyebrows, “Helen” look, the hugs she gave you, the “I love you” she said will be sorely missed.  Helen was an important member of our family-imparting her knowledge, opinions and all around good sense to those of us that chose to listen and hear her.  She spoke softly but made a lasting impression.  We will miss her presence but know that she will always be in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eliza Garrett Keith; father, John A. Keith and her brothers, Edward, Elmer, Earl and Charlie Keith.

Helen is survived by one niece, Lisa Whitlock and her husband, Glenn Whitlock, niece, Connie Keith and her partner, Sam; one great niece, Holly Rohrback (Clay); one great nephew, Ryan Rice; cousin, Louis “Jack” Mann; second cousin, Karen M. Roberts, and lifelong friend, Nita Ferjo.

Graveside funeral services for Helen Keith will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, in the Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may send an online condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Charlotte Hampton

Charlotte Hampton, age 63, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 9, 1954 in Dierks to Lyndell and Nora Eudy Hutchison. She was a retired nurse for Tyson’s, and a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Leo Hutchison and a son, Leon Hutchison.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jo Anna and James Bobo of Dierks; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorine and Dewon Flowers and Joyce Flowers, all of De Queen, Arkansas; one brother, Randy Hutchison of Elkins, West Virginia; four grandchildren, Dalton Hutchison, Charlee Hutchison, Dillon Bobo and Payton Bobo; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Hampton will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Ronald Gilbert officiating.

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

Glen Brandon

Mr. Darrell Glen Brandon, age 58, a resident of De Queen died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at his home.

He was born to Hugh Vinson and Pauline Prescott Brandon on May 24, 1960, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was one of 21 children, some of which preceded him in death.  He married the love of his life, Radonna Faye Petty on June 6, 1992, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and grandchildren and having a drink with his family and friends after a long day at work.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings including a special sister, Jean Frady.

He is survived by his wife of over 26 years, Radonna Faye Brandon; two daughter, Glenda Faye Brandon and Niki Estelle Brandon, both of De Queen; one son, Adam Ray Brandon of Horatio; six grandchildren, Trevor, Gracie, Kaige, Jayden, and Zolee Brandon, and Trent Tucker; one son-in-law, Adam Brumley of Grannis; three sisters-in-law, Ola Comer and Jackie Noey, both of De Queen, Mickie McKenzie of Texarkana, Arkansas; nephews, Jeremy Noey and Steven Johnson, Jay Banet; nieces, Kathleen Johnson and Jewell Banet; great nephews, Eli Tinleigh and Maciah Johnson; one great niece, Macaiah Johnson; special friends: Paul Walker, Lynne and Charles  Davis, Dave Spurgeon, Gary and Sharon Baker, Jerry Baker, Reese Warren, Richard “Hippie” Erikson, Scott Rowenn and Della Warkman; as well as a host of relatives and other friends.

The family will hold a private memorial service 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.

The family asks that donations to help with funeral expenses of Darrell Brandon of De Queen, who passed away July 17th, be deposited at BancorpSouth on Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.

 

Valentina Barrera Flores

Mrs. Valentina Barrera Flores, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, July 16, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born November 2, 1936 in Tultepec Parotas, Guerrero, Mexico.  She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Flores was preceded in death by her parents, Fernando Barrera and Nicolasa Flores and her husband, Santos Alarcon Rodriguez.

She is survived by her sons and daughters, Berta Alarcon, Arnulfo Alarcon, Juana Alarcon, Alfonso Alarcon, Feliciano Alarcon, Sebastian Alarcon, Guadalupe Alarcon, Efrain Alarcon, Rufina Alarcon and Macrina Alarcon; her brothers and sisters, Filoguonio Barrera, Amalia Barrera, Ines Barrera and Beda Carolina Barrera and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A vigil service will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 20th at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church in Wickes, Arkansas.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Flores will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 21, 2018, at San Diego Catholic Church in Wickes.  Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Patricia Ann Littleton Howard

Mrs. Patricia Ann Littleton Howard, age 72, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 19, 1946, in Texarkana, Arkansas. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Texarkana. Mrs. Howard was the greatest mother you could possibly imagine, as well a loving sister and aunt.

Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Wesley Howard, Jr.; a son, Jim Bob; her sister, Ethel Pakingham; and her parents, Jettie and Virgie E. Whorton Littleton.

She is survived by one son, Robert Page of Brighton Michigan; one sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Gene Lacefield of Texarkana, Arkansas; nieces, Sherry and (Buddy) McWilliams of Texarkana, Texas and Becky Jones of Shreveport, Louisiana; and one nephew, Randy Lacefield of Texarkana, Arkansas.

Memorial services for Mrs. Howard will be held at 10 a.m., Friday July 20, 2018 in the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Texarkana, Arkansas with Rev. Jaimie Alexander officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.stjude.org

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

 

Bobby Charles Rightmire

Mr. Bobby Charles Rightmire, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at his home.

He was born August 20, 1939 in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked in maintenance at De Queen Hospital, was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church in De Queen and was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran.

Mr. Rightmire was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond Sparks and Dora Mae Wilber Rightmire and a daughter, Robin Bryant.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Chenoweth Rightmire; one daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Jimmy Butler of De Queen; one brother Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon; two sisters, Barbara Jean Rightmire and Francis Bailey both of Horatio; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Rightmire will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 in the Pullman Cemetery in De Queen with Andy Arnold officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

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

 

 

Logan Wayne Winton

Logan Wayne Winton, age 3, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life Saturday, July 14, 2018, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was the youngest of six children born to Justin Ray and Christina Mishelle Winton on November 9, 2014, at the family’s home in Horatio. He loved to attend church, ride the four-wheeler and feed the chickens, especially the chicken he called “Chicken Nugget.” He liked to play in the mud and if he could not find a puddle he would make his own. He liked to spend time with his special friend, Gracie. His favorite cartoons were “Bo On The Go” and “Morphle.” He enjoyed playing with his puppies, riding his bike, jumping on the trampoline and just being outside. Logan was a child of God with a special heart and he touched numerous lives during his time on this Earth. He will be missed but he will always be remembered by his contagious smile, heartwarming giggle and his love for giving “Puppy dog kisses” to those he loved with all of his heart.

He was preceded in death by his great grandfather, Charles Chandler; great grandmother, Louise Byrd; and his aunt, Julie Winton.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Justin and Christina Winton of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother, Hunter Adam Winton of Horatio; four sisters, Athena Marie, Annabelle Louise, Zoe Elizabeth and Emily Grace Winton, all of Horatio, Arkansas; his paternal grandparents, Donald Wayne and Kimberly Arlene Winton of Horatio, Arkansas; maternal grandparents, Wesley King Ulmer, III of Boise, Idaho and Katherine Lynn Giltner of Hubert, North Carolina; great grandmother, Betty Chandler of Westline, Arkansas; his uncle and aunt, Joe and April Winton; as well as, aunts, uncles, cousins, a host of other relatives and his church family.

Funeral services for Logan Wayne Winton will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Bro. Tracy Welch officiating. Burial will follow in the Westline Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you bring a stuffed toy to the home of the family or the funeral home. Some of Logan’s favorite toys are Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machine, BB8, PJ Masks, Morphle, Dino Trucks, Peppa Pig and Animal Machinicals. There is also an account set up in Logan’s honor at the Horatio State Bank.

 

 

Jimmie Birdsong

Jimmie Birdsong, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather died Friday, July 13, 2018, at his home.

He was the owner of Birdsong Appliance in De Queen, Arkansas for 17 years. He entered into the ministry in 1981 where he pastored churches in Arkansas and New Mexico. He was currently pastoring the Mt. Zion Church of God in Garvin, Oklahoma for the past 9 years. Mr. Birdsong was also a Sergeant in the  Army National Guard, having served from 1963-1969.

Mr. Birdsong is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonita Louise Birdsong; son Jerry his wife Misti Birdsong of League City, Texas; son Jeffrey his wife Brandy Birdsong of Haworth, Oklahoma; brother Donald his wife Nina of De Queen; his 10 grandchildren, Morgan, Kody, Tyler, Maygun, Kyelin, Nikolus, Kamryn, Alexander, Tracy and Tyler; 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Opal Birdsong and his daughter Faye Ann Birdsong.

Funeral services for Pastor Birdsong will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2018, at the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. The family will have a private burial at a later time.

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

Verna Austin Sharp Kreider

Mrs. Verna Austin Sharp Kreider, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born May 21, 1939 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Horatio and the Horatio State Bank, and was a member of the Williamson Community Church..

Mrs. Kreider was preceded in death by her parents, Othor S. and Ellie Whisenhunt Austin; her husbands, A.E. Sharp and Clyde C. Kreider; and a brother, Loye Austin.

She is survived by one son, Donald Edwin Sharp of Horatio; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cathy and Leonard Wolcott of North Pole, Alaska, Teri and John Cribb of Horatio and Corina Schindel of California; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Joe Austin of Texarkana, Texas, Glen and Vicki Austin of Little River Club and Bob and Pat Austin of Harlingen, Texas; her grandchildren, Rodney and Stephanie Wolcott of North Pole, Alaska, Tyler and Kristen Cribb of Magnolia, Arkansas, Matt Cribb of Horatio, Crystal Hicks of California and Trevor Hicks of Fargo, North Dakota; 4 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kreider will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Horatio.

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

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

 

Carol MacNamara

Mrs. Carol Myrtle (Deline) MacNamara, 74, passed away July 3, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas surrounded by her family.

She was preceded by her parents Ward Finley and Ruby Olena Deline; brothers, Franklin Deline, Gary Deline, and Ronald Deline.

She is survived by her loving husband Jerry MacNamara; four children, Mary Elizabeth (and husband, Michael) of Tucson, Arizona, Patrick Sean (and his beloved late wife, Tina) of Conway, Arkansas, Regina Marie (and husband, Raul) of Houston, Texas, Jeremiah Matthew (and wife, Ashley) of Chicago, Illinois; Grammy to seven grandchildren, Molly Elizabeth Hattabaugh, Meghan Leigh Hattabaugh, Matthew Michael Hattabaugh, Madeline Lee MacNamara, Creed Patrick MacNamara, Raul Xavier Christoph Hernandez III, and Sybil Caroline MacNamara; brother, Millard Deline (and wife, Virginia) of Sedro Woolley, Washington; sister Inez Aipperspach (and husband, Glen) of Anacortes, Washington.

Born January 18, 1944, in Wheeling, West Virginia, Carol was a 1962 graduate of Central High School in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Art and Design in 1998 from Henderson State University.

She met Jerry in Dallas, Texas while she was a stewardess for Braniff Airways while he was a Captain in the United States Army as a Flight Instructor based at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas. They were married on November 5, 1966 at Christ the King Church in Dallas, Texas.

She was a fun-loving and deeply devoted Grammy to her seven grandchildren, which will leave an unforgettable legacy for generations. She had a passion for travel with five trips to Israel, two trips to Russia, two trips to Ethiopia, a tour of Ireland for her 50th wedding anniversary, and a trip to London.

She poured her heart and soul into her family and friends with a loving and gracious heart. Her life’s priority was to live to know Jesus Christ and make His Name known. She was influential in numerous peoples’ lives in their decision to accept Jesus as their Savior.

We are all honored and thankful to God for giving this world seventy-four years with this absolutely incredible woman.

Memorial services for Mrs. Carol MacNamara will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 7, 2018, in the First Baptist Church of De Queen, with Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Feed the Children, https://donate.feedthechildren.org/donation/f6774089/.

 

Barbara Maxine Knighten

Barbara Maxine Knighten, age 88, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Christus St. Michael Health Center in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born February 28, 1930 in Wichita Falls, Texas.  She was a retired teacher, was a member of the Wanda Cowling Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Foreman.

Mrs. Knighten was preceded in death by her parents, George Washington Corwin and Clara Hamre Littell; her husband, William James “Bill” Knighten; one daughter, Wilda Jane Knighten; two sisters, Jean Littell and Eleanor Cox; one brother, Glenn louise True; one step-son, James O. Knighten; and two step-daughters, June Miciotto and Bernice Kirby.

She is survived by two sons, William S. and Tillie J.Knighten and Thomas R. and Lawanda Knighten; three daughters, Wilda and James Akins, Tillie  and Rodney Lile and Clarressa Addy all of Foreman; one brother, George S. Littell of Wickes; 26 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

A memorial service for Mrs. Knighten will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 9, 2018, in the First Baptist Church in Foreman with Bro. Trent Liggon officiating.

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

 

Lola Inez Montgomery

Mrs. Lola Inez Montgomery, age 91 , a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born in Gore, Oklahoma on March 7, 1927 to S.V. and Etta Bryan.  She loved to be outside gardening, mowing and working with her flowers.  She also loved cooking for her family.  She was a member of Dierks First Assembly of God Church and a Media Church member of Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Mrs. Montgomery was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fletcher Montgomery; siblings, Harlas, Rufus, Bill and Charles Bryan and one sister, Ruth Powell.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Virgie McRae of De Queen, Arkansas and Jimmy and Charlotte McRae of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Nina Rodgers of Dierks and Trish Lingo and Joe Eldon of Nashville, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Brenda Smith of Atlanta, Texas; six grandchildren, Brad, Tyler, Brenda, Becky, Shasta and Meghan; twelve great-grandchildren, Zach, Zoe, Michael, Gary Don, Amber, Michelle, Riley, Haley, Celia, Major, Alex and Addria; eight great-great-grandchildren, Brady, Kaden, Baylee, Kamden, Kylie, Katlin, Logan and Teralee and her family at Dierks Heathcare.

Pallbearers will be Ronny Bailey, Billy Con Stokes, Gary Don Stewart, Michael Blankenship, Zack Kesterson and Tyler Lingo.

Funeral services for Mrs. Montgomery will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Dierks Assembly of God Church with Brother Kevin Herrington  and Brother Mark Hodges officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m., prior to the service on Saturday.

The family will reside at 823 Old Hwy 70 West in Dierks.

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

Katie Jennette Shaw Valdez

Mrs. Katie Jennette Shaw Valdez, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in De Queen.

She was born August 8, 1957 in De Queen.  She operated Rainbow Youth Day Care and was a Pentecostal.

Mrs. Valdez was preceded in death by her parents, Osben Milton “Slats” and Inez Gentry Shaw; one brother, Doyle “Buck” Shaw and two sisters, Patricia Shaw and Mary Jane Holt.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Valdez and Lavonda Icenhower of De Queen; two brothers, Curtis Shaw and Sammy Ray Holt both of De Queen; five sisters, Lorene Mullinax, Jewell Shaw, Diane Shaw, Mary Kay Brizendine all of De Queen and Shirley Pratt of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Braden Valdez and Jaden Valdez and her nieces and nephews, Michael Felipe, Devin Felipe, Eric Medina, Derrick Medina, Shane Vasquez, Cody Nava, Dylan Cardoso, Jeffery Pratt, Sheila Holcombe,  Teressa Shaw, David Shaw, Ronnie Shaw, Gwenda Luna, Annette Sanchez

Funeral services for Mrs. Valdez will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Minchew officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5th at the funeral home.

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

 

Alta Fern Manasco Linville

Mrs. Alta Fern Manasco Linville, age 83, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

Mrs. Linville was born October 31, 1934 in Umpire. She was a house wife, homemaker, farmer, and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Umpire. She was the best grandma in the world and had an open place for everybody.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wingo and Inez Marie Keith Manasco; her husband, Leroy Linville; one daughter, Sheila Farias; one grandson, Chance Long; one brother, Charles Manasco; and two sisters, Sharon Pennington and Phyllis Manasco.

Mrs. Linville is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Linville and Buster Roberts of Greens Chapel; three sons and daughters-in-law, Master Chief USN Ret. Charles and Debbie Linville of Ft. Worth, TX, Steve and Kathy Linville of Umpire, AR; and Mike and Krista Linville of Foreman, AR; one sister, Carolyn Wakefield of Nashville, AR; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Linville will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Galena Cemetery near Umpire, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

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