Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Obituaries

 

Leoda Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kristian Leeann Buchanan

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

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

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

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

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

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at funeral home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Mildred Lambeth

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Lambeth will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, March 1, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at the Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

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

 

Sue Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Joe Blair

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services, with Military Honors, for Mr. Joe Blair will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randall Cole Lancaster officiating. Cremation will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

 

Mrs. Debbie Pruitt

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Mrs. Debbie Pruitt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 28, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alfred Thomas officiating.  Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Laura Afton Ennis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

Online donations: cff.org/give-today

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

 

Mr. John Whitaker

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

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

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

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

Graveside funeral services with Military Rites will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be general. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Mary Lou (Mullins) Bourns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shirley Cogburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Darrell W. Lawless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

James Eddie Bateman Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Evelyn Willene Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lorean May Stout Krudwig

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

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

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

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

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

General viewing will be held from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Mrs. LaTance Hankins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Dorothy Legates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willodeen Cary

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Mrs. Willodeen Cary will be held at 9:00 A.M., Saturday, February 20, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Richelean Counts

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Mrs. Richelean Counts will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friend from 12:00 P.M., until service time, Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Marlon S. Boyles

 

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

The obituary is pending at this time.

Funeral Services for Mr. Marlon Boyles will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 21, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 12:00, Noon to 2:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Mary Willis Sharp Christopher

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

She was born October 6, 1934, in Langley, Arkansas to Clarence and Cora Willis. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her extended family and friends.

Mrs. Christopher was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband and father of her children James Sharp, her 2nd husband Roy Chambliss, and her loving husband of 20+ years Earl Christopher. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Alton & Elton, her daughter, Dorothy; one sister, Gladys; three brothers, James, Edward, and Norman. One son-in-law, Bill Ward and a grandson-in-law, Pete Thornton.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Bobby and Sally Sharp of Athens, Arkansas, daughter and son-in-law, Delois and John Sunde from Hatfield, Arkansas; step-sons and spouses, Jesse and Jenny Christopher of Texas, Earl Jr. and Brenda Christopher of Center Point, Arkansas, Mike and Kim Christopher of Center Point and Kelly Christopher of New Hope, Arkansas, Robert and Barbara Chambliss of Texas, Billy Joe and Linda Christopher of Prescott, Arkansas; three step-daughters and spouses, Anita and Terry Mitchell of Dierks, Arkansas, Charlsie and Tommy Packwood of Texas, Orabell Sullivan of Oklahoma. As well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Willis of Smithville, Oklahoma and Cloyce Willis of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Christopher will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Bissell Chapel Cemetery with Brother Daniel Kesterson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation for Mrs. Christopher will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

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

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

 

Linda D. Pamplin

 

Ms. Linda D. Billings Pamplin, age 66, of Hochatown, Oklahoma, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Linda was born in De Queen, Arkansas on March 26, 1954 to A.C. Billings, Jr. and Jessie Mae Gatin Billings.

Linda was someone that if she called you “friend” you were a lucky person. She would do anything she could for you and was always doing little things to make you feel like you were special. She was always giving gifts and her time to those she loved, just because. She had a heart that could change the world, so full and open. She loved to travel and was a foodie through and through, no one could make a better cheesecake. She was also a woman of strong faith, even in the last years, she never questioned her Creator just followed and loved Him unwaveringly. She had a spark in her eye and her smile that would make you melt. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Linda will be missed immensely by all that knew her. She was a gift to us all for just a moment in time.

Linda was preceded in death by her father and mother, A.C. and Jessie Billings; and grand-daughter, Penelope Mae Pamplin.

Linda is survived by her son, Stephen M. Fenwick of Texas; her daughter, Stephanie J. Pamplin, of Hochatown, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Kristen Rodriguez and her husband Carlos of Dayton, Texas, and their three children, Carlos Jr., Chloe and Callie “Lemon”; Kaitlin Fenwick of Buna, Texas; her step-mother and dear friend, Sarah Ann Nance Billings of Mena, Arkansas; two brothers, Dwaynn Billings and his wife Nona of Bethal, Oklahoma; Dwight Billings and his wife June of Grannis, Arkansas; a very special cousin, whom she saw as more of an “extra” brother, Asa Von Reefschneider and his wife Deborah of Clyde, Texas; one step-brother and his wife, Jamie and Sue Cavner of Board Camp, Arkansas; one step sister and her husband, Gayle and Michael Gannon or Rogers, Arkansas; two very special friends who were more like family to her, Clinton and Vickie Kennedy of Liberty, Texas; she leaves behind many more extended family members and friends, all will miss her dearly.

Graveside Services for Ms. Linda Pamplin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February22, 2021 at the Grannis Cemetery with Pastor E.J. Tena officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

Barbara Jo Martin

Barbara Jo Martin was born November 2, 1940, in Borger, Texas to Maxine and Roy Martin. She passed from this life on Wednesday, February 17,2021 in De Queen. Barbara grew up in Minden, Louisiana and later in life moved to De Queen, AR. She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maxine and Roy Martin; one aunt, Earlene Donaldson and uncle Bernard Cowden.

Barbara is survived by her loving aunt, Thelma Moore and husband John and several cousins, including Ronnie Cowden, Pam Bingham, Scott Cowden, Kaye Smith and Glen Donaldson. The family would like to thank Bear Creek Nursing facility for their loving care.

No service are planned at this time.

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

 

 

 

 

Rose Diane Deer Cox

Rose Diane Deer Cox, age 64, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at her home.

She was born October 11, 1956, in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Cox was a homemaker, a secretary for Dierks School and Weyerhaeuser. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening and working in the yard. She was a member of Greens Chapel Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Mildred Deer and her husband, Michael Lloyd “ Mickey” Cox and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Jerry Don Brown of Greens Chapel and Jason Brown (Shawna) of Greens Chapel; one daughter, Shana Ray of Greens Chapel; one sister, Glenda Conatser of Nashville; one brother, Ricky Deer of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren, Isaac Brown, Haydn Ross, Carson Ross, Bailee Brown, Loghan Brown, Daylon Brown, Levi Dalton Ray, Christian Farmer, Leigha Kilcollins, Zac Kilcollins, Dalton Kilcollins, Harley Pender, Mazzey Pender and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Old New Hope Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Earl Douglas Christopher Sr.

Earl Douglas Christopher Sr., age 92, a resident of Center Point, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, at his home.
He was born September 9, 1928, in Pocastic, Oklahoma. Mr. Christopher was a World War II Army Veteran, a member of Living Rock Church and worked for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks.

Mr. Christopher was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn Christopher; his parents, George and Mini Cambell Christopher, four brothers, Raymond Christopher, Orbry Christopher, Carl Christopher and James Christopher and one sister, Elsie Riddrich.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Willis Christopher of Centerpoint; his children, Jesse and Jenny Christopher of Texas, Earl Jr. and Brenda Christopher of Centerpoint, Terry and Anita Mitchell of Dierks, Billy Joe and Linda Christopher of Prescott, Mike and Kim Christopher of Centerpoint and Kelly Paul Christopher of New Hope, Arkansas, stepchildren, Bobby and Sally Sharp of Umpire, John and Deloris Sunday of Mena; two sisters, Alta Piercy and Ruthie Houston of Oklahoma; twenty grandchildren and forty-seven great grandchildren and forty-four great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mr. Christopher will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Sunshine Cemetery with Pastor Joe Kelly officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation for Mr. Christopher will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

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

Calvin Loyd “Jack” Jones

Mr. Calvin Loyd “Jack” Jones, age 80, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Friday, February 12, 2021, at his home.

He was born November 30, 1940 in Grannis. He was an auctioneer, carpenter, and loved peddlin his fruit.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Frankie Pauline (Burke) Jones; his wife, Dorothy Jones; one brother, Tom Jones; and a special uncle, Sonny Burke.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Frachiseur Jones; one sister, Paula “Midge” and Joe Daniels; 6 children and their spouses, Kenney and Mona Cecil, Jesse and Donna Jones, Penny Craig and Jeff Turner, Georgia Dale and Billy Willis, Janet and Jimmy Morphew and Chuck and Frances Cornett; grandchildren, Donovan Jones, Dustin Jones, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Cecil, James Lee and Krystal Cecil, Lisa and Ronny McEuen, Justin and Tabitha Craig, Jeremy and Tiffany Craig, Jeremy Willis, Stephanie Cornett and Jimmy Smedley, Jarred and Amanda Morphew, Heath and April Morphew, Clint and Bridgett McMillian, Seth and Molly Cornett; 25 great-grandbabies; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

General viewing for Mr. Jones will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 20, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Steven Chenoweth officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Grannis, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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