Obituaries

Ben Calvin Stevens

Mr. Ben Calvin Stevens, age 95, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Monday, September 16, 2019, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born July 27, 1924, in Cross Roads Arkansas on the Arkansas and Oklahoma line road. He was a member of the Foreman First United Methodist Church. Throughout Ben’s life he worked as a sawyer, a welder at the cement plant in Foreman, and the retired from the De Queen Treating Plant.

Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his parents, Belle and Silas Stevens; his wife, Juanita Stevens; his son, Larry Stevens; and a sister, Hattie Dollarhide-Priest.

He is survived by a son and his wife, John and Paula Stevens of Foreman; one daughter-in-law, Gale Stevens of Simms, Texas; one grandson and his wife, Jared and Elysha Stevens of Campbell, Texas; one granddaughter and her husband, Victoria and Orrin McLendon of Scoggins, Texas; and two great grandsons, Tyler Stevens and Blake McLendon.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Stevens will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Gravelly Cemetery with Daryl Hines officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September the 18th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

John Paul Dunn

Mr. John Paul Dunn, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Sunday, September 15, 2019, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born July 10, 1948, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was a United States Navy Veteran, a Baptist, and a carpenter.

Mr. Dunn was preceded in death by his parents, Junious Thurman “JT” Dunn and Josephine Bender Murray; two brothers, Thurman Ray Dunn and Charles Dunn; and a sister, Mary Christine Dunn.

He is survived by his one son and daughter-in-law, Neal Dunn and wife Melissa of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Key and husband Junior also of Broken Bow; one brother, Thomas Dunn; grandchildren, Rebecca and Randy Stover of Broken Bow, Jessica Murdoch of Mena, Arkansas, Meagan and Anthony Upton of Fort Towson, Oklahoma, Savanah Richards, Hayden and Shayla  Merdoch, Lacey Pulliam, Christopher Key, Skyler and Kirk Sharrock all of Broken Bow, Bailey Lott of Dierks, Arkansas; and 18 great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Dunn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 18 ,2019, at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Inez Wilson Cobb

Mrs. Inez Wilson Cobb, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 15, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born March 1, 1937, in Sevier County. She was a member of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. Inez spent her life caring for others. Her husband and family were her greatest joy. She served as den mother for her sons cub scout troops and helped with vacation bible school in their local church. Inez loved to quilt and work puzzles. She helped to raise countless children throughout her babysitting years. James and Inez always had an open door for their extended family as well.

Mrs. Cobb was preceded in death by her biological parents, James Odar and Carrie Stringfellow Wilson and the parents who lovingly raised her, Rimon L. and Sarah Adella Wilson; her beloved husband, James Hugh Cobb; and her infant son, Lonnie Dale Cobb along with seven siblings.

She is survived by three sons and their spouses, James Hugh Cobb, Jr. and Kay of Nashville, Arkansas, Gary Von Cobb and Tammie of Lowell, Arkansas, and Jerry Dean Cobb and Tommi of De Queen; her grandchildren, TK, Terra, Tasha, JD, Shelby; her great grandchildren, Sebastain, Cati, Kyle, Savannah, Lilliana and Shawn; and a number of loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cobb will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Grannis, Arkansas with George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 17th at the funeral home.

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

Willie Gene Harrison

Willie Gene Harrison, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, September 15, 2019, in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born September 23, 1933, in Lockesburg. He was a Methodist and a Pipefitter.

Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Gladys Basham Harrison; his wife, Gloria Hooker Harrison; and a great-grandchild, Hiedi Smith.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Michelle Harrison of Lockesburg, three daughters and son-in-law, Pam and Phillip Martz of Lockesburg, Sonja Shields of Lockesburg, and Sabrena Howe of Lockesburg; one sister, Barbara Sharp of Tyler, Texas; eight grandchildren, Paige Smith and family of Horatio, Arkansas, Allie Harrison of Lockesburg, Blake Martz and family of Jefferson, Arkansas, Cara Turner and family of Lockesburg, Gerade Coulter and family of Lockesburg, Daniel Coulter and family of Lockesburg, Brad Howe of Prauge, Czech Republic, Clinton Howe and family of Kemah, Texas, seven great-grandchildren, Clayton Martz, Hayden Martz, Caroline Turner, Kaylan and Jett Coulter, Emma Howe, and Tucker Smith.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Harrison will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in the Belleville Cemetery with Bro Ronnie Mayes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Clovis Earl Craig

Clovis Earl Craig, age 91, departed from this earthly plane on the sunny, Saturday afternoon of September 14, 2019.

He was born in De Queen, AR, on February 11, 1928. He was a graduate from De Queen High School, class of 1946, before taking to the skies with the United States Air Force. While serving, he became a flight engineer and eventually retired as a Master Sergeant Senior.

Clovis was devout in his Baptist faith while flying around the globe, and eventually settled in Bossier City, LA. The passing of his first wife, Mary Lee Kitchens, would eventually lead him back to his heartland of De Queen, AR, where he would be reunited with his now late wife, Jimna Love.

He has found enjoyment in fishing since he was a young man. A fond memory recalls him walking barefoot down the family lane, a cane pole resting over his shoulder. Collecting classic cars from the 60’s, in the Corvette and Camaro varieties, was also a hobby of his. Clovis was a lover of all creatures and had quite the menagerie that were well taken care of at his home. Baking treats and cooking for others was a form of his love extended to the world, and it was always gratefully received. He was a remarkable caregiver, with his capacity for nurturing being unmatched.

Clovis is proceeded in death by his parents, Henry and Grace Craig; his wives, Mary Lee Kitchens and Jimna Love; as well as numerous brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Long; his son, Russell Craig and fiancé, Rebecca; his son, Woodrow Kitchens, Jr. and wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Scott Craig, Casandra Craig, Christina Craig, Andrea Kitchens Gant, Lindsay Kitchens, Paul Gallagher, Joey Dillon, Victoria Dillon, and Macaden Smith; great-grandchildren, Mary Craig, Lily Craig, Mackenzie Craig, Hayden Gant, Hannah Grace Gant, Carter Kitchens, Katlyn Gallagher, and Charlee Morton; and an abundance of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The Rosary will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 with a family visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Craig will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial with Military rites will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.

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

Mr. Daniel Stover

Mr. Daniel Louis Stover, age 31, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Roy D. Stover and LaNora Christine Swindler on April 19, 1988 in Duncan, Oklahoma. He was a former member of the De Queen Cubs football team, was a 2006 graduate of De Queen High School and proudly served with the United States Army Reserves. Daniel joined the reserves after graduation and served with the 704th Combat Engineers from 2008 to 2009 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Later he served two tours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. After his discharge from the service, Daniel worked for GM Motors in Mena. He was of the Baptist faith but often attended church with his father at the De Queen First Assembly of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry work and spending time with his family and friends.

As a final selfless act, the Stover family has honored Daniel’s wishes to donate his useful organs to the betterment of others.

He was preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandparents, Fern and Clifford Swindler; paternal grandparents, Ollie Joe and Margie Stover; and one brother, Ricky Don Grigsby.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, his parents, Roy and Wanda Stover of De Queen; siblings and their spouses, Richard and Ashley Stover of De Queen, Leroy and Deandra Williams of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Tonya andAngie runnels of Sheridan, Arkansas and Derek and Tiffany Sullivan of Grannis; uncles and outlaws, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Daniel Stover will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynolds, Bro. Tim Johnson and Roy Stover officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, September 16th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help pay funeral expenses.

Ramona Mae Neal Cowling

Ramona Mae Neal Cowling, age 63, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, departed from this life at her home Tuesday, September 10, 2019, to be with the Lord.

She was born November 23, 1955, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a retired Registered Nurse and a full time NaNa. Mrs. Cowling was a member of the New Boston Church of Christ where she was a devoted Christian who remained steadfast until the end.

Mrs. Cowling was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Flora Key Neal; a sister, Deborah Lee Neal.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Cowling; one daughter and son-in-law, Brianna and Will Segraves; a son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Katey Cowling all of Foreman; four precious grandchildren, Peyton Neal, Kaden Thomas, Briley Kate, and Clara Lynn; two sisters, Karen Smith of Foreman and Nancy Milam of Rogers, Arkansas; three brothers-in-law, Larry Cowling of Foreman, Otto Cowling of Foreman, and Ken and wife Elaine Cowling of Texarkana, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Jan and husband Mickey Trammell of Texarkana, Texas and Carol and husband Bob Frost of Denison, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of close family and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cowling will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the New Boston Church of Christ with Bro. Kevin Cauley officiating. Burial will follow in the Marvin Cemetery in Foreman under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, September 13th at Madden Funeral Home in Foreman.

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

Mr. Ray Westbrook

Mr. Ray S. Westbrook, age 97, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, September 09, 2019, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born the late John S. and Mallie Ray Brown Westbrook in De Queen, Arkansas, on May 2, 1922.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U S Army.  He was a retired grain elevator operator in Lubbock, Texas, and a Baptist.  Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working cows, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Cullus Bryan and Kim Westbrook of Lubbock, Texas, a daughter, Rhonda Rae Westbrook of Wylie, Texas, two grandchildren, Missy Westbrook Lambert and Cullus “Brooks” Westbrook and three great-grandchildren, one brother, Bob Westbrook of De Queen.,

Funeral Services for Mr. Ray Westbrook will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 15, 2019, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial with military honors will follow in the Crosstrails Cemetery.  Funeral Services are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be from 1:30 P.M. until service time.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Rena Ransom Webb

Rena Ransom Webb, age 99, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, September 9, 2019, in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born June 9, 1920, in Provo, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Provo Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willer Lee Ransom; her husband, Woodrow Webb; four sisters, Bid Parsons, Icie Osborn, Zena Jegstrup, and Chloe Hawthorn.

She is survived by five sons, Gary Webb, Larry Webb, Russell Webb, Jimmy Webb, and Kent Webb all of Provo and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Webb will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Rev. Terry Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Reba Higgins

Mrs. Reba Louise Higgins, age 75, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in De Queen.

She was born to Winston and Christine Wright Higgins on January 31, 1944 in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the only man she would ever love, James Russell Higgins, on August 4, 1967. She was a graduate of the Gillham High School and worked as a Park Attendant for the United States Corp of Engineers. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church and enjoyed photography, especially being able to photograph the wildlife. She also enjoyed seeing the visitors of the Cossatot Reefs State Park and handing out candy to the children. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 36 years, Russell Higgins; two grandchildren, Haylee Higgins and Chris Parker;  one brother, C.W. Higgins, Jr., and a step-son, Guy Higgins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Darren Higgins and his wife Bobbi of De Queen and Windell Higgins of Conway, Arkansas; five step-children, Cindy Lewis and her husband Bryan of Salt Lake City, Utah, Christina Higgins of De Queen, Twila Wolford and her husband Danny, also of De Queen, and James Higgins; two foster daughters, Gena Mahler and her husband Brad and Tracy Tomlinson; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Regina Johnson of De Queen. Reba did not have friends. If you knew her, you were family. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and a host of other family.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Reba Higgins will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 14, 2019 in the First Baptist Church, De Queen with Jerry Taylor officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Dorothy “Dottie” Miller

Mrs. Dorothy Eileen Harter Miller, age 86, a resident of Wickes and former resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Wickes.

She was born to Wilbur Asa and Arvilla Louise McCall Harter on May 18, 1933 in Washington, Iowa. She married the love of her life, John William Miller, on April 12, 1953 in Centerville, Iowa. She was a member of the Smyrna Church of Christ and was a homemaker. Dottie enjoyed crossword puzzles, puzzles, sewing, knitting and crocheting, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 55 years, John W. Miller; and two sisters, Nancy Harter and Virginia Kane.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Terry Miller and his wife Lisa of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; three daughters, Sherry Evans of Kingman, Arizona, Cindy Bivins of Dierks and Tracy Morris and her husband Robin of Wickes; ten grandchildren, Andrea, Luke, Debbie, Becky, Jennifer, Amanda, Tiffany, Ashley, Eric and Travis; nineteen great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Miller will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 7, 2019 in the Smyrna Cemetery, De Queen, with Charles Foster Krudwig officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 6th, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to the Huntington’s Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

Mack Arthur Smith

Mack Arthur Smith, age 77, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas died Sunday, September 1, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 19, 1942 in Umpire. He was a truck driver, a United States Army Vereran, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Millie Inez Parsons Smith; a sister, Mary Lou Golden, a brother, Ralph Smith, and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Krantz Smith; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kim Hawkins of Basin, Wyoming and Judy and Marty Young of De Queen, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Crystal Smith of Umpire; his grandchildren, Justin (Sarah) Parrish, Ryan (Kayla) Parrish, Mackay, Maclane, Thomas, and Courtney; great grandchildren, Lexi, Aiden, Brailey, Grayson, Kaycie, Hudson, and baby to be, Amelia; a sister-in-law, Verna Smith, a brother-in-law, Royce Golden; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 in the Athens Church of Christ with Lance Lowrey officiating. Burial will follow in the Saline Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

J. Salvador Vera Gomez

J. Salvador Vera Gomez, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, August 30, 2019, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born April 19, 1951 in Cañada de Caracheo, GTO Mexico. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride. Mr. Vera was preceded in death by his father, Carmen Vera Leon.

He is survived by his mother, Enedina Gomez Martinez; wife, Maria Abundiz; two sons, Jose Niévs Vera Abundiz and Carlos Vera Abundiz; two daughters, Guillermina Vera Abundiz and Juana Vera Abundiz; fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Clyde Chandler

Mr. Clyde Allen Chandler, age 86, resident of the Westline Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at his home.

He was born to Clarence and Mary Allen Chandler on March 22, 1933 in the Central Community of Sevier County. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Dean Waters, on March 3, 1953 in De Queen, and to this marriage, eleven children were born. Clyde was a man of many talents and was not a stranger to work. He began his work life in the log woods. He operated a sawmill, cut timber and was one of the first in our area to have purchased a two-man motorized chainsaw. He owned and operated Chandler Litter Service, serving the poultry farmers of our community. Later in life, he built poultry houses and worked alongside his family on the farm. He served many years on the Sevier County Co-op Board of Directors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, giving out produce and storytelling, but most of all, he cherished the time he was able to spend with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Dorothy Waters Chandler in 2005 and Shirley McNully Chandler in 2007; and three siblings, Doroles Marie Yandell, Betty Lynn Chandler and Charles Kimball Chandler.

He leaves to cherish his memory, six sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Haidee Chandler of Lockesburg, Ricky Faron Chandler and his companion Gayla of Eagletown, Lawrence Gene and Leslie Chandler of De Queen, Loy Don and Devona Chandler of Melber, Kentucky, Billy Scott and Michelle Chandler of Murphy, North Carolina and Jeffry Alan and Jayna Chandler of Pickens, Oklahoma; five daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy Loraine and Wayne Sloat of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Larenda Sue and Bill Montgomery of Lockesburg, Lori Jan and Joey Vaught of Horatio, Mary Joan and Richard Ruth of De Queen and Sarah Jeneane and Willie Yandell of De Queen; thirty-six grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Ivanelle Chandler of Idabel, Oklahoma and Randy and Gwen Chandler of New Boston, Texas; two sisters, Laura Nelson of Cunningham, Kentucky and Glenda and Dennis Ward of Tom, Oklahoma; a special friend, Jim Waltson of Oregon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Clyde Chandler will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 26, 2019 in the De Queen First Assembly of God with Bros. Tracy Welch and Billy Don Weeks 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., Sunday, August 25th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. George Youngblood

Mr. George Thomas Youngblood, age 79, a resident of Benton, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Thursday, August 22, 2019 at his home.

He was the youngest of nine children born to George Mitchell and Martha Marie Greer Youngblood   He was born in Grannis, Arkansas, on February 11, 1940.  He was a retired supervisor with Tred II, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and being outside.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joyce Youngblood, two sons, David Youngblood, and Jeffery Youngblood, his siblings, Howard Youngblood, Troye Youngblood, Floye Youngblood, Martha Butler, Harold Youngblood, and Helen Youngblood.

He is survived by two sons, Darrell Dean Youngblood of Haskell, Arkansas, Randy Youngblood and  his wife, Christina of Temecula, California, one daughter, Jennifer Youngblood of Benton, Arkansas, eight grandchildren, Heather Compton, Kassandra Wilkins, Andrew Schiavello-Youngblood, Cheyenne Youngblood, Anthony Davis-Youngblood, Christopher Youngblood, Jeffrey Youngblood, and Alyssa Youngblood, five great-grandchildren, two sisters, Merle Miller, and her husband, Eldon, and Elsie Jones all of De Queen.

Visitation will be Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Suellen Sullivan

Suellen Sullivan, age 77 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
She was born on November 11, 1941 in Rogers, Arkansas to the late Richard and Hazel Rice Bright. Suellen was married for 30 years to the late Harrison Sullivan. She was a member of the Wickes Nazarene Church and dearly loved the people. Suellen loved to sew and work in her yard. One of her passions was to cook and visit friends and families when they couldn’t get out. Above all, she loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren as they were her pride and joy. Suellen was a wonderful and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.
She is survived by: her Daughters: DeLynn and Spanky Hale of Highfill, Arkansas and SheriLe and Thomas James of Wickes, Arkansas; Grandchildren: Karilynn and Pete Winters of Farmington, Arkansas, Kristin and Sohn Morris of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Bo and Mandi James of Wickes, Arkansas; Great- Grandchildren: Gavin and Ean Shadden, Riley Morris, Jayli and Logan James, Cooper, Zac, and Brooke Winters; a Sister: Elizabeth Bright-See; a Nephew: Christopher See; a Niece: Melissa Gardner; her Extended family: The families of Bridgett Martin, Harley Sullivan, Jess Sullivan, Marion Sullivan, Yvonne Kohn and Bill Sullivan; and Special friends: Sarah Gorden and Delwin Reed as well as a Host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by parents, Richard and Hazel Bright, and husband Harrison Sullivan and a brother Phillip Bright.
Funeral service will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Wickes Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Jon Newlin officiating. Interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Pallbearers are Cody Speight, Joe Miller, John Cody Sullivan, Eric Sullivan, Seth Watkins, Cody Wilson, Jason Sullivan and Montana Speight.
Honorary pallbearers are Loren Jenkins, Elijah Sullivan, Pete Winters, Ty Sullivan, Sohn Morris, Zac Counts and Ben Counts

Mrs. Hortencia Ramirez

Mrs. Hortencia Reinoso Samano Ramirez, age 80, resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her home.

She was one of the oldest of thirteen children born to Manuel Samano Macedo and Justa Reinoso Hernandez on March 26, 1939 in Mexico. She married the love of her life, Zenaido Rodriguez Ramirez in Mexico. Together, they shared over 61 loving years. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and being on the farm, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Tomas Ramirez; one granddaughter, Erika Ramirez; and one brother, Crispin Samano.

She is survived by her husband, Zenaido Ramirez of Horatio; four children, Reina Ramirez Samano and her husband Ismael Vazquez, Rodolfo Ramirez Samano and his wife Rosario Ramirez, Ismael Ramirez Samano and his wife Maria Loma, and Omar Ramirez Samano and his wife Emelia Mora; seventeen grandchildren, Ivan, Rodolfo, Jr., Anthony, Jerry, Paul, Eric, Alan, Luiz, Mariela, Armondo, Rodrigo, Carla, Baleria, Omar, Jr., Alexis, Yarixel and Yeilin; three great-grandchildren, Mateo, Camilla and Geraldinr; nine siblings; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 21st, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Robert Lee Forbes

Mr. Robert Lee Forbes, age 77, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, August 15, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 7, 1942, in Topeka, Kansas. Robert was a member of Westside Church of Christ and retired from Weyerhaeuser. He was married to Dockey Forbes for over 45 years. He loved fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. He loved to tell “stories” and visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Forbes was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Beulah Forbes; his wife, Dockey Forbes; one daughter, Linda Mounts; one sister, Clara Forbes; and one brother, Charles Forbes.

He is survived by a daughter, Patsy Lites and husband Steve; one son-in-law, Terry Mounts; grandchildren, Kerry McBride and husband Mack of Dierks, Chad Lites and wife Tammy of De Queen, and Narissa Mounts of Hot Springs; great grandchildren, Caitlin Collins and husband Michael, Cody Lites, Whitney Wheeler and husband Dex, Tori Mitchell and husband Chase, and Becca, Cole, Kadee, and Charlee Whisenhunt; great-great grandchildren, Hadley and Lucas Mitchell and Paisley Collins; two sisters, Betty Johnson and Lola Haemaker; one nephew, Gavin Johnson; and niece and husband, Twila and Bo Santos.

Funeral services for Mr. Forbes will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Westside Church of Christ in Dierks with Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Reba Higgins

Mrs. Reba Louise Higgins, age 75, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in De Queen.

She was born to Winston and Christine Wright Higgins on January 31, 1944 in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the only man she would ever love, James Russell Higgins, on August 4, 1967. She was a graduate of the Gillham High School and worked as a Park Attendant for the United States Corp of Engineers. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church and enjoyed photography, especially being able to photograph the wildlife. She also enjoyed seeing the visitors of the Cossatot Reefs State Park and handing out candy to the children. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 36 years, Russell Higgins; two grandchildren, Haylee Higgins and Chris Parker;  one brother, C.W. Higgins, Jr., and a step-son, Guy Higgins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Darren Higgins and his wife Bobbi of De Queen and Windell Higgins of Conway, Arkansas; five step-children, Cindy Lewis and her husband Bryan of Salt Lake City, Utah, Christina Higgins of De Queen, Twila Wolford and her husband Danny, also of De Queen, and James Higgins; two foster daughters, Gena Mahler and her husband Brad and Tracy Tomlinson; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Regina Johnson of De Queen. Reba did not have friends. If you knew her, you were family. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and a host of other family.

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

 

Jonathan Chase Smith

Mr. Jonathan Chase Smith, age 34, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Polk County, Arkansas.

He was born August 13, 1985 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver and mechanic for Malco Trucking Company in De Queen. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Katherine Smith, Omagene Morris, and Kenneth Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, Haylie Moreland Smith of Horatio; two sons, Halton Smith and Kase Smith; three daughters, Jayda Nelson, Hanna Nelson and Izabell Nelson, all of Horatio; his parents, Steve and Pollyanna Smith of Horatio; three brothers, Jeffery Smith and Joshua Smith, both of Horatio, and Jacob Smith of Springdale, Arkansas; his grandmother, Jerry Broadwell; two nephews, Connor Smith and Asher Smith; three nieces, Lakeyn Smith, Aubrie Smith and Izabella Smith; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Jonathan will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 in the First Baptist Church of Horatio with Bro. Larry Sherman and Bro. Trent Liggin officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Joan Morrison France

Mrs. Elizabeth Joan Morrison France, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at her home.

She was born November 30, 1939, in Rodessa, Louisiana. She was a teacher for 40 years, 33 at Horatio and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

Mrs. France was preceded in death by her parents, Flo and Charles Morrison and her husband, Robert Harry France.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Larry Bowren; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark France and Joel and Shannon France all of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Billece Morrison of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; her grandchildren, Robert and Elizabeth Langston, Ethan and Kayla Bowren, Hannah France all of Horatio, and Kennedi France of De Queen, Arkansas; and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. France will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Horatio with Bro. Andrew Arnold officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will be at the France home, 507 Clear Creek Road in Horatio.

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

Elizabeth Kaye Wilburn Rowlett Vaughn

Mrs. Elizabeth Kaye Wilburn Rowlett Vaughn, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born November 29, 1949 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Phoebia Church.

Mrs. Vaughn was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Frances Ross Wilburn; her husbands, Wray Rowlett and Walter Vaughn; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Rowlett; and a sister, Anna Lou McArthur.

She is survived by one son, Tony Rowlett of Grady, Arkansas; three sisters, Virginia Collins of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Fredia Lofland of Horatio, and Brenda Whiteman of Clearwater, Oklahoma; one brother, Freddie Stevens of Horatio; five grandchildren, Shawn Leeper of Gillham, Arkansas, Ryan Meagher of Verona, Missouri, Ricky Meagher of New Jersey, Allison Rowlett, and Tony Ray Rowlett, Jr,; three great grandchildren, Reese Meagher, Ryatt Meagher, and Tinley Meagher; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Vaughn will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Imogene Gentry Tidwell

Mrs. Imogene Gentry Tidwell, age 89, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Friday, August 9, 2019 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born August 28, 1929 in Van Alstyne, Texas. She was a homemaker and loved to sew, crochet and read. After retirement, she and her husband enjoyed camping and crappie fishing for 30 years. She was a member of Vandervoort Baptist Church.

Mrs. Tidwell was preceded in death by her parents; William Carl and Claudia Inez Bishop Gentry; a brother, Albert Gentry; and a granddaughter, Amber Morris.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, John Milburn Tidwell of Wickes; two daughters, Patricia (Charles) Towry of Wickes and Paula (Merle) Dickerson of Van Buren, Arkansas; one son, Mitchell (Laurie) Tidwell of Wickes; one brother, William (Suzette) Gentry of Granbury, Texas; her grandchildren, Shauna (Scott) Gilbraith, Brad (Linda) Lyle, Tamara Campbell, Jon Tidwell, Amy Tadlock, Brad (Haley) Gentry, Briony (Chad) Jenkins; 23 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tidwell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 12, 2019 in the Crystal Hill Cemetery in Wickes with James Squires officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Mr. James Burrow

Mr. James William Burrow, age 76, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Thursday, August 8, 2019 in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

He was born to William Lonzo and Rachael Wolcott Burrow on February 9, 1943 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a 1962 graduate of the Horatio High School and worked as a Carpenter. He served with United States Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. He married Caroleen Tannahill Green on May 9, 1992 in De Queen. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, spending time in his shop trying to invent things, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Flora Casner and Dorothy Stewart; and two brothers, Clearence Burrow and Lonnie Burrow.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 27 years, Caroleen Burrow of De Queen; two sons, Jimmy Wayne Burrow of Fairbanks, Alaska and Quinn Alan Green of Idabel, Oklahoma; three daughters, Dwaun Nickerson and Talina Burrow David, both of De Queen, and Angie Marie Reed and her husband Barry of Harrison, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Jordan, Dalton, Skye, Talia, James, Copper, Katelyn and Addison; one great-grandchild, Blayden; two brothers, David Burrow and his wife Tammy of Fairbanks, Alaska and Gene Burrow and his wife, Sibbie of Lockesburg; one sister, Mae Wolcott of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Burrow will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 12, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Melanie Anne Young Rose

Melanie Anne Young Rose, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Bethesda, Maryland on June 21, 1951. She was a retired L.P.N. Her childhood in an Air Force family was spent in a variety of areas in the United States and Japan. After graduation from High School in Wetumpka, Alabama, she attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile and then graduated from John M. Patterson State Technical College on Montgomery, Alabama. At age 21 she became a resident of Louisiana. For many years she nursed residents of nursing facilities and private homes in this area.

Melanie was preceded in death by her parents; Bertman and Katherine Gallagher Young; her husband Jamie Tweedel; and a son, Christopher Bruce Bernard.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Rose of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Volley Bagwell of De Queen; one son and his fiancé, Michael Bernard and Nicole Brown of Lafayette, Louisiana; grandsons, Thorne Bertrand, Konnor Bruns, Ethan Bernard and Corbin Bernard; a sister, Diana Venable of Conway, Arkansas; two brothers, Edwin J. Bruce of Denton, Texas and Darrin M. Young of Louisiana; and a number of nieces, nephews and treasured, special friends. Her expressive eyes and dimpled smile will be sorely missed.

Memorial services are pending.

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

Mrs. Thelma Caplinger

Mrs. Thelma Lee Caplinger, age 96, resident of Grapevine, Texas, passed from this life on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Grapevine, Texas. She is survived by a sister, six children, seven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. A long-time resident of De Queen, she will be buried beside her husband, Thomas Virgle Caplinger.

She was born in Apperson, Oklahoma, on July 29th, 1923, to Pete and Zona Carter. Her father was an early “wildcatter” in the Oklahoma oil boom. Her early life was spent in Northeast Oklahoma, living in Shidler, Copan, and Bartlesville. She and her siblings endured dust storms, blizzards, droughts, floods, and lack of medical care while attending school where possible.

When the oil boom dried up, her family moved to McCurtain County where her father tried farming. He proved a better oilman than farmer. The family was near starvation several times. Education was more “miss” than “hit”. Thelma attended high school in Haworth, OK before getting married to the love of her life on April 21st, 1939, in Mena, Arkansas.

A member of the “Greatest Generation”, Thelma cared for her two young sons while her husband served in the US Navy from 1944 – 1946. After World War II, the family relocated to Southwest Arkansas, living in Vandervoort and the communities of Mt. Pleasant, Chapel Hill and Lake before moving into De Queen.

Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. Some of her fondest memories were shared moments with her Sunday School Class. After the death of her husband, she lived in Hot Springs Village, before relocating to Bedford then Grapevine, TX.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Thelma Caplinger will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 8, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time, Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Her’s was a life well lived, through tough times and good times, but her greatest joy was being a wife and mother. During the last years of her life, she longed to return to De Queen where memories were fresh and landscape a reminder of her sixty-plus years in Arkansas.

J. W. Pond, Sr.

Mr. J.W. Pond, Sr., age 75, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his home.

He was born March 20, 1944 in Foreman, Arkansas to James Walter and Mary Lavern (White) Pond.  He enjoyed catfishing and he loved his wife, kids, and grandchildren.

Mr. Pond was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Leslie Rainwater and one daughter, Stephanie Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Janet (Gray) Pond of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Dericia and Jerry Denson of De Queen, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, J.W., Jr. and Lauren Pond of Dierks; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Pond will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks with Pastor Kevin Herrington officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

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

 

Jason Trent Hill

Jason Trent Hill, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, July 29, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 23, 1975 in De Queen. He was a 1993 graduate of Horatio High School. Jason had worked as a manager for McDonald’s in Paris, Texas prior to a years long battle with complications related to diabetes. Jason enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports.

Jason was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Dinger Hill.

He is survived by his father, Walter “Jack” Hill; sisters, Cheryl Smith and husband, Jay of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Jackie Shelton of De Queen; nephews, Logan Smith, and Colton Shelton; nieces, Rylie and Laney Smith, Kaylee Edens and Gracie Shelton; and a host of family, friends and loved ones.

A celebration of life and visitation will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m, to be followed by cremation and a private memorial with immediate family at a later date.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Alyssa Mackenzie Marshall

Alyssa Mackenzie Marshall, age 18,  was born April 11, 2001 in Sherman, Texas to Ryan and Suprina Marshall.

She was a resident of Forney Texas and passed from this life on July 3, 2019 due to complications from Type 1 Diabetes.

Alyssa graduated from Forney High School on May 22, 2019.

She is preceded in death by her great grandparents; Roy and Martha Willis, Ted and Ruth Marshall, Jack and Alice Gordon and her Aunt Gail Willis Sims.

Alyssa is survived by her parents, Ryan and Suprina Marshall and her brother Brayden Ryan Marshall, grandparents Brenda Willis Landry and husband Marty Landry, Glen and Sharla Marshall, Uncles Lane Marshall, Eric Sims and Jason Landry, great uncles Rocky Willis and Jerry Marshall, great Aunts Nina McDonnell and husband John, Carla Barnes and husband Farryl.

Services were held in Forney, Texas July 11,2019.

Donations can be made in Alyssa’s honor to “Team Up for T1D Kids”, a 501(C)3 organization, for an Alyssa Marshall scholarship to a deserving student with Type 1 Diabetes.

Contribute online to teamupfort1d.org or send checks to 701 W. 45th Avenue, Kennewick WA 99337. Phone 509-438-6571.

 

Barbie Jean Summerhill

Mrs. Barbie Jean (Kidder) Summerhill, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died peacefully Friday, July 20, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 29, 1953, in Steubenville, Ohio to Guy Arthur and Norma Jean (Gardner) Kidder. She worked as a Purchasing Agent at Tyson for 37 years. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and her life was devoted to loving Jesus and serving Him.

Mrs. Summerhill was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Summerhill; one brother, Charles Kidder and step-mother, Opal Kidder.

She is survived by one sister, Margaret Johnston of Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Lisa Whisenhunt and Geraldine Summerhill; one aunt, Ruth Shirer and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Summerhill will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Larry Fry officiating. If you would like to honor her please wear red, her favorite color, to the service. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Texarkana or the Gideon Society.

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

Norma Jean Romanek

Mrs. Norma Jean (Gardner) Romanek, age 86, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, June 14, 2019, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was born July 17, 1932, in Sugar Valley, West Virginia. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, a homemaker, house cleaner, did housekeeping for a hospital, and manager of St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store in Mayer, Arizona.

Mrs. Romanek was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Ada Cunningham Gardner; one son, Charles Kidder; five brothers; one sister; and one son-in-law, Ronald Summerhill.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbie Summerhill of Lockesburg and Margaret and Bob Johnston of Phoenix, Arizona; two grandsons, Michael Kidder Williams and Thomas J. Johnston; three granddaughters, Sherry L. Curtis and husband Troy, Lisa Whisenhunt, and Geraldine Summerhill; her twin sister, Ruth Shirer of West Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Romanek will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Larry Fry officiating. If you would like to honor her please wear red, her favorite color, to the service. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Texarkana or the Gideon Society.

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

Sylvia Arlene “Nina” Turner

Ms. Sylvia Arlene “Nina” Turner, age 86 , a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 20, 1932, in Oklahoma. She was a member of the Grannis Baptist Church and a waitress at the Grannis Café.

Ms. Turner was preceded in death by her parents, Carson Denver Turner and Sylvia Mae Davis Turner; two brothers, Lloyd Turner and Charles Turner; two sisters-in-law, Mary Turner and Martha Turner; and her grandmother, Elsie Davis.

She is survived by two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Doyne and Aleta Turner of Grannis, Doyle and Dexter Turner of Wickes, Arkansas, and Janet Turner of Cattlesburg, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Turner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2019, in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from  4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday the 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

The family will be at 905 Hwy 71 N. in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

DeLois Bailey Gentry

Mrs. DeLois Bailey Gentry, age 72, resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Floyd Washington and Blanche Elizabeth Campbell Bailey on August 26, 1946 in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Kenneth W. “Dink” Gentry, on July 2, 1966 in De Queen and to this union, two sons were born. She worked as a Beautician for many years, managed several properties in the Sevier County area and served as secretary for Gentry Corporation. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen and enjoyed working and traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Nell Crump and Randell Bailey.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 53 years, Dink Gentry of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bud and Misty Gentry and Jimmy Ray and Shelly Gentry, all of De Queen; five grandchildren, Trey Gentry and his fiancé Bailey of De Queen, Trent Gentry of De Queen, Halley Gentry of De Queen, Ashley Sharp of Fayetteville and Cassady Sharp of De Queen; seven siblings, Claudie Bailey of De Queen, Williams F. Bailey and his wife Brenda of De Queen, Ronnie W. Bailey and his wife Shirley of De Queen, Rebecca A. Vanhoose of De Queen, Nancy L. Duncan and her husband Jack of De Queen, Sara S. Joiner of Eagletown and Angela D. Morphew and her husband Robert of Gillham; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. DeLois Gentry will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 28, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Dennis Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, July 27th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jimmy Thompson

Mr. James “Jimmy” Byron Thompson , age 76, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Monday, July 22, 2019, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born November 26, 1942, in Stringtown, Arkansas. He was a retired business owner, owning Thompson Tire and Appliance for 30 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed being outdoors. He loved and supported the Horatio Lions. He spent many, many years running the clock at home football games as well as hauling football equipment all over the state for away games. He loved and enjoyed every minute he got to spend with his family.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Byron and Annie Lorena Zachary Thompson and infant brother, Kendall Roy Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Cheney Thompson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dee and Jimmy Allen and Terri and Jeff Irvan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Doug Thompson and Darrell and Susan Thompson all of Horatio; one sister, Theresa Carroll of Cabot, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Thompson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Darrell Thompson and Dwayne Parish officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mary Anna Miller Zacharias

Mrs. Mary Anna Miller Zacharias, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, July 19, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 12, 1929, in Frost, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mrs. Zacharias was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Anton and Willie Pratt Miller; her husband, Ottice Junior Zacharias; one daughter, Sharon Kay Gentry; three brothers, Charles Biram Miller, Darras Lee Miller, and Willie Merritt Miller; and one grandson, Mark Gentry.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gary Dwayne and Rosemary Zacharias of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter, Marilyn Sue Wall of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister, Katie Aline Nickerson of Horatio, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Zacharias will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen, Arkansas with Rev. Billy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday the 22nd at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Tony McKellar

Tony McKellar, 64, a resident of Rogers, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 13, 2019 in the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony was born July 18, 1954 in DeQueen, Arkansas to Paul and Jo Ellen McKellar. He was a 1972 graduate of Ashdown High School, a 1987 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BS of Geology and 1999 graduate University of Arkansas with a degree in Environmental Safety. He worked for Multi-Craft Contractors in Springdale, Arkansas as a safety manager. He loved spending time with his family, traveling, working on his house and yard, reading, watching movies and making copious amounts of soup and cornbread.

He is proceeded in death by his parents and in-laws, Loy and Lorene Poag, and daughter, Emily McKellar.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna Poag McKellar; daughters Elizabeth McKellar of Columbus, Ohio, Katherine Rooney and son-in-law Jake Rooney of Rogers, Arkansas, and Nicole McKellar of the home. Four sisters, Peggy and Steve Hill and Paulette and Don Morrow of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Sharon and Tom Larson of Cabot, Arkansas; one brother, Roger and Cheryl McKellar of Ocala, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial honoring Tony’s life will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the family home in Rogers, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Dale Newton Kesner

Dale Newton Kesner, age 80, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas died peacefully in the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock surrounded by family and friends.

Dale was born in Kingston, Arkansas on July 25, 1938, to Loyd Newton Kesner and Ruth Jane (Smelley) Kesner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Wanda Kesner of Little Rock.; sister Louise Tharp (Don) of Berryville, Arkansas; one son and a daughter by his first marriage, Daloyd Craig Kesner (Candy) of Green Forest, Arkansas and Danita Diane Kesner Hill (Charlie) of Overland Park, Kansas; daughters Kandi Knod West (Lance) of Little Rock and Kim Knod Parr (Forrest) of Conway, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Curtis Dale Kesner (Jessica), Christopher Craig Kesner (Jerika), Scott Garrett-Wyman Hill (Taylor), Sarah Jane Abbott (Matthew), Lowery West, Annie West and Tristen Parr; five great grandchildren, Roy Kesner (6), Dylan Kesner (5), Emerson Hill (3), Sullivan Hill (1), Caroline Kesner; and a host of friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Ruth Kesner; his sister, Hazel Youngblood and her husband Dale; their daughter, Joy Youngblood Webb; and an infant sister, Ina Belle Kesner.

Dale was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and a former member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Dale spent his earliest years in Kingston, Arkansas. The family relocated to Berryville, Arkansas when he began school.  He and his two siblings, Hazel & Louise spent many happy days playing jokes on one another.  Dale was the ultimate prankster and his positivity and loving charm enchanted all he knew with a bit of torment to his baby sister Louise.  He loved and played multiple sports throughout school and later in life would share with his grandchildren to remember that “sports were 90% heart and 10% ability”.  He was a great encourager and lived his life applying that motto to his own activities, leading with his heart.

In 1957, Dale joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for twenty-two years.  His ports of call included Texas, Germany, Indiana, New Mexico and Kansas.  He served in Da-Nang Vietnam for 18 months beginning in 1968 supervising more than 32 personnel for Military Assistance Command. Retiring from active duty July 27, 1979, at Fort Riley, Kansas he was the youngest person ever appointed to Warrant Officer 4, with his MOS number.  This was a special appointment that required approval from the Department of Defense in order to move forward.

During his military service, Dale received multiple awards and commendations including the Vietnam Service Medal, the Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.  Prior to his retirement he served as the Chief of Computer Operations for a major military command and developed detailed plans and instructions for the tactical air deployment of the entire computer complex to Europe in support of major NATO exercises.   He gained the respect of his superior officers for his ability to develop, implement and manage highly cost effective, innovative and productive ADP processes.  Those who served under him or worked with him often commented on his ability to get the job done but make all feel welcome and appreciated.

He truly enjoyed working with young people and gave back to the community by being actively involved in coaching football for DODDS children and encouraging them to do their best or teaching a high school or college Sunday school class.  The overall theme surrounding almost everything he did outside of work was laughter and silly fun.

After military retirement, Dale worked for the Kansas Secretary of State’s office in Topeka, Kansas and Sperry Univac in Springfield, Missouri. He relocated to Green Forest, Arkansas in 1985.   He moved to De Queen, Arkansas in 1987.  There he was a popular teacher at Cossatot Community College, where he taught computer science and inspired many young people.  In 2003 he was elected Mayor of De Queen where he served that community until his retirement in 2004.

In 2004 he and Wanda relocated to Conway, Arkansas, and subsequently to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be nearer to some of his grandchildren and their activities.  His grandchildren have many fond memories of their “Pop Pop” including his silly jokes (that often didn’t make a lot of sense, but made them giggle), his encouragement, (“Pop Pop loves you”), he always told them how proud he was of them, his silly nicknames, (“Rocket 44”, “Miss Lowery”, “Miss Annie” and “Miss Sarah Jane”), and teaching them that no matter what, pressing on was what was important in life.

He became an ordained minister in 1956 and utilized his faith as a guiding principle throughout his life.  He was a prolific encourager to his children teaching them about faith, life and perseverance.

When his own father died in 1983, he gave a eulogy that seems fitting for him as well:
“Thanks, dad, for the lessons in courage, understanding and love of life.  Thanks for the wonderful memories of joy and happiness.  Thanks for the unselfish sacrifices of time, money and your own personal desires, so that we might enjoy for a few moments, the pleasures of a single event or happening.  Thanks for your untiring words of instruction and correction, not given with demands, but simply given out of your best experiences and a loving concern for our welfare.  Thanks for the many moments of laughter and stories which brightened our days and removed some of life’s pressures.  Thanks for the many times you stepped in and took the brunt of a blow that should have been ours to endure. Thanks for being a beautiful example for us to follow, thinking not of yourself, but always of others.  Thanks dad.”

Dale Kesner was loved in life by many and will be greatly missed in death.  A special thanks to the nursing and hospice staff at the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock for their care and loving support

Funeral Services for Mr. Kesner will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Rev. Wayne King officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, those who might wish to do so, may make a donation in his memory to the Arkansas State Veterans Home

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 21st at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Cynthia McCoy

Ms. Cynthia Ann “Cindy” McCoy, age 60, a resident of Shinewell, Oklahoma passed from this life Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Little River Memorial Hospital.

She was born to Burl “Runt” and Wilma McCoy on September 6, 1958 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jimmy McCoy; and a niece, Jessica Wax.

She is survived by her siblings, Dale McCoy, Pam Davis, and Sharon Wax.. She is also survived by her life partner, Crystal Perez, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was a friend to all who knew her. She loved everyone and had the biggest, giving heart. She especially loved children. The loss of this sweet loving soul will be felt by many.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m.,Thursday, July 18, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Alan Davis officiating.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

J. Octaviano Hernandez

Mr. J. Octaviano Hernandez, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, July 13, 2019, at his home.

He was born March 22, 1954, in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked for Pilgrim’s pride and attended St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Mr. Hernandez was preceded in death by his parents,

He is survived by his wife, Maria Yolanda Hernandez; six children Ma Del Carmen Hernandez of Mexico, Jose Juan Hernandez of De Queen, Aleja Hernandez, Octavio R. Hernandez, Manuel Hernandez, and Liliana Hernandez all of De Queen; five brothers in Mexico; and one sister in Mexico.

Viewing for Mr. Hernandez will start at 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Mexico.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Belva Jean Burnett Jones

Mrs. Belva Jean Burnett Jones, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Plano, Texas.

She was born June 19, 1955, in Odessa, Texas to Garland Leon and Thelma Allene Merworth Burnett. She was retired from the Arkansas Department of Health where she worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Sharon Nell Burnett Stewart, Brenda Allene Burnett, and Helen Ruth Burnett Williams; and two brothers, Jimmy Leon Burnett and Richard Garland Burnett.

She is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Mackie Lee Jones of De Queen; one son, Kevin and wife Angela Jones of Vilonia, Arkansas; one daughter, Amber and husband Michael Williamson of De Queen; nine grandchildren, Mackenzie, Gaberiel, Seth, Annie, Abbie, Adam, Isaiah, Alle, and Daniel; one great grandchild, Madison; three sisters, Doris Truitt and Pam Burnett of Lubbock, Texas and Karen Schmidt of Greenbrier, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with John Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

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

Micheal Wayne Guire

Mr. Micheal Wayne Guire, age 55, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at his home.

He was born April 2, 1964, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a contractor and attended Almond Church.

Mr. Guire was preceded in death by his parents, Orval Cash Guire and Betty Price; two brothers, Doug Guire and Lee Guire; and grandparents, David and Annie Guire and Cecil and Gladys Price.

He is survived by his wife Diana Guire of Gillham; one daughter, Derricka Tallant of Ashdown, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Laura and James Plumley of Deport, Texas; and nine nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Guire will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at Almond Church with Steve Chenoweth officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m., Monday the 15th until the service.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Priscilla Ann Stinnett Cole

Mrs. Priscilla Ann Stinnett Cole, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 18, 1946, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Burl and Ruby Humphrey Stinnett.

She is survived by her husband, Bootney Cole and one son, Rob Cole of De Queen.

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

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

Steven Wayne Bryant

A memorial service for Steven Wayne Bryant, age 49, formerly of Grannis, AR,  will be held Saturday, July 13th, 2:00 pm in the Grannis cemetery with Rev. James Squares officiating.

He was born February 4, 1970 and died as the result of a car accident near Idabel, OK on June 11, 2019.

He is survived by his wife Charlot,  a brother Kieth, two daughters: Megan and Marina and two grandchildren.

He was the son of the late Louise and Elroy Bryant of Grannis and the grandson of the late Marvin and Martha Wilcher of Wickes and the late Edith and Luther Bryant of Grannis.

Dr. Joe Austin

Dr. Joe Austin, age 82, a resident of Texarkana, Texas died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home.

He was born to Othor S. and Ellie Whisenhunt Austin on August 7, 1936, in Dierks, Arkansas. He graduated Horatio High School in 1954, was a United States Navy Veteran, graduated from  Henderson State University, Texas A&M University at Commerce and North Texas State University.  Dr. Austin served as a teacher, coach, and school administrator for thirty-two years in Arkansas and Texas.

He served as an officer and director in many social, civic, and professional organizations.  He is a lifetime member of both the Arkansas and Texas State PTA’s, a lifetime member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, and Lions Club International.

Dr.. Austin was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Loy Gene Austin and one sister, Verna Kreider.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters in law; Joe and Rachel Austin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Jon Austin of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Lee and Amy Austin of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Vicki Austin of Little River Club, Winthrop, AR and Bob and Pat Austin of Harlingen, Texas; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Dr.. Austin will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

Larry Parson

Mr. Larry Parson, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at his home.
He was born February 28, 1948 in Honey Grove, Texas. He was a welder, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lockesburg, and was a Baptist minister for 45 years.

Mr. Parson was preceded in death by his parents, Jess Willard and Gracie Belle Forehand Parson; a brother, J.W. Parson and a sister, Brenda Webb.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Sallee Parson; two daughters, Sherry and husband Marlowe King of Lockesburg, and Rachel Parson of Hope, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Chance King and Lauren King; a brother, Jess Mike Parson of Lockesburg; two sisters, Lucy and husband Buddy Heath of Foreman, Arkansas, and Jo and husband Phillip Hobbs of De Queen, Arkansas; three great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Parson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Archie Phillips and Bro. Chance King officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Dale Bizzell

Raymond Dale Bizzell, age 75, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 10, 1943, in Lockesburg to R.W. “Jack” and Alice Phillips Bizzell. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and beloved Pawpaw. He loved hunting, fishing, working cattle, basketball, and hanging out at the Co-Op and their café in Lockesburg. He was a Baptist and Christian and enjoyed time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  two sons, Rodger Dale Bizzell and Kenneth Ray Bizzell; a brother, Kenneth James Bizzell; and a step son, Terry Ballard.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine Bizzell of Lockesburg; a daughter, JoAnn Bizzell Keener and husband Billy of De Queen; a step son, Don Ballard and wife Cathy of Ashdown; four step daughters, Judy and Royce Steed of Lockesburg, JoAnn and Chuck Martin of Lockesburg, Carol and Jim Stockman of Ashdown, and Pam and Wayne Warden of East Bend, North Carolina; two sisters, Kathryn Bizzell Crawford and husband John of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Velma Bizzell Ayers of Ashdown; two daughters-in-law, Kim Bizzell of Ben Lomond and DeAnne Bizzell of Winnsboro, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Christopher Womack, Michael Clark, Lauren Bizzell, Justin Bryan, Melodie Bizzell Dowdy, Rebecca Bizzell and Wilson Bizzell; and several great grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren, 24 great step grandchildren, two great-great step grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Bizzell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8th  at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Ms. Donna Rogers

Ms. Donna Lee Rogers, age 73, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

She was born Donna Lee Christian to the late Herman and Bertha L. House Christian on March 25, 1946 in Whittier, California. She attended the Old Union Baptist Church in Lockesburg and was a homemaker. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a lover of Diet Cokes, nature and gardening, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Wayne Christian.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Roy Allan Rogers, Jr. and Joseph Edmond “Joey” and Carey Rogers, all of De Queen; six grandchildren, Shae Rogers of Foreman,  Brittany Rogers of Horatio, Jacob, Jessica, Jennifer and Jordan Rogers, all of De Queen, Arkansas;  three sisters, Alma Hunter of De Queen, Anita Jones and her husband Dean of Evansville, Indiana and Willa Mae Gathright of Lockesburg; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Donna Rogers will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas with Bro. Donnie Davis officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be on Monday, July 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Athel Ayers

Mrs. Athel June Fant Ayers, age 89, resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Friday, July 05, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was the fifth of seven children born to Carlos and Mary Ella Simmons Fant on February 7, 1930 in Daisy, Arkansas. She was a 1948 graduate of the Lockesburg High School and worked as a Real Estate Agent for many years, owning Sevier County Reality. She married the love of her life, Willie Fay Ayers on June 12, 1948 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a member of the De Queen Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed working and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Loye, Dean, Hershell and Eugene Fant; and one sister, Geneva Mack.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 71 years, Willie Ayers of Lockesburg; three sons, Mike Ayers and his wife Kaye of Horatio, Dan Ayers and his wife Lorine of De Queen and Tim Ayers and his wife Christy of Lockesburg; one daughter, Kayla Nottingham and her husband Jim of Lockesburg; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie Baker, Lori Marshall, Casey Hardaway, Alex Ayers, April Ayers, Curtis Ayers, Jennifer Ayers, Kimberly Ayers, Jason Nottingham, Sunni Tollett and Jake Nottingham; 28 great-grandchildren, Bella, Laney, Kate, Mika, Mason, Mallori, Heidi, Lance, Titus, Halli, Jacob, Dominic, Nolan, Ty, Abrey, Alaina, Allysia, Aaliyah, Abigail, Adalyne, Gunner, Emmy, Taylor, Kaydance, Hayzn, Zander, Levi and Garrett; one brother, Floyd “Samp” Fant of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Athel Ayers will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 7, 2019 in the Old Center Church, Horatio, with Bro. Adam Key officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time Sunday, July 7th, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Sandra Joyce Gabbard

Sandra Joyce Gabbard, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born May 30, 1957, in Seattle, Washington. She was employed by Tyson Foods in Nashville.

Mrs. Gabbard was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Priest and Edward Gabbard; her father, William Trusley; one brother, Bill Trusley; and one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Carl Davis.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Shayne Sherry; her son, Donavon Trusley; her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Robbie Deer; her son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Shannon Priest; her mother, Helen Trusley; her brother, Jim Trusley; her uncle, Roy Trusley; ten grandchildren, Triston Priest, Alysia Crabtree, Braydon West, Jacob Trusley, Devan Trusley, Christopher Trusley, Brooklyn Welker, Sean Welker, Caleb Deer and Dustin Deer; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, friends, and co-workers.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gabbard will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Brownstown Cemetery with Billy Hatridge officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. Gale Wright

Mr. Gale Wright, age 69, a resident of Ashdown, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Ashdown.

He was born to Delbert and Wilmuth Bush Wright on July 12, 1949 in Ashdown. He married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Wray, on April 11, 1997 in Withrop, Arkansas. He worked as a Powerhouse Supervisor at the Domtar mill for 44 years and attended church at the Millwood Baptist Church in Ashdown. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, camping and traveling, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wazita Earle.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Pat Wright of Ashdown; two sons, David Wright of Memphis, Tennessee and Michael Parker of Ashdown; two daughters, Diana Wright of Ashdown and Sandra Hall and her husband Michael of Waskom, Texas; six grandchildren, Kaylen, Ashleigh, Samantha, Jerry Wayne, Daniel, and Savanna; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Gage Emileigh and Izayah; special aunt and uncle, Leroy Morgan of Cookville, Texas and Mary Kesterson of Winthrop; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gale Wright will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 8, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Travis Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, July 7th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Margaret Mae Leopard

Margaret Mae Dallis Leopard, age 87, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Monday, July 1, 2019 at her home.

She was born April 10, 1932 in Park Hill, Oklahoma. She was a farmer and a lifelong member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Leopard in 1998; and a sister, Ruby Smith.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Kelly Leopard of Wagoner, Oklahoma, and Greg Leopard of Paris, Texas; two grandchildren, Lauren Leopard and George Leopard.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Leopard will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 in the Valley Cemetery with Toney Stowers, minister officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Paragould Children’s Home or to Valley Cemetery for maintenance and upkeep.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Pat Willard

Mrs. Patricia Ann Johnson “Pat” Willard, age 68, resident of De Queen, died Friday, June 28, 2019 at her home.

She was born to Clarence Edward “Jake” and Geneva Pearl Waltz Johnson on September 20, 1950 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was of the Presbyterian faith, worked for O K Cement and Rubber Corp of Arkansas and was a homemaker. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and canning, but most of all she cherished the time spent with her grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents: her daughter, Schelly Farquhar Bailey; siblings, Dixie Alexander-Koch and Clarence “Glen” Johnson; as well as, a newphew, Marty Alexander.

She is survived by two grandsons, Colby Farquhar and his wife Jessica of Stilwell, Oklahoma and Jesse Farquhar and his wife Candice of Belfair, Washington; two great-grandchildren, Branson and Colter Farquhar; one sister, Jacqueline “Jacque” Johnson of Horatio; one niece, Melisa Hanson of Ruston, Louisiana; great neice and nephew, Gilland Burch, Garrett Burch and Emily McMillan; as well as, other relatives and a host of friend.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Pat Willard will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 6, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P O Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TX 38101. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Lee Brewer

Mr. Ophie Lee Brewer, age 94, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was the second oldest of six, born to Charles Pleasant and Ethel Eva Rhiner Brewer on August 14, 1924, in Gillham. Lee proudly served his country with the United States Air Force during World War II. He married the love of his life, Bessie Faye Carpenter, on June 6, 1948, in Gillham, and to this union, two children were born. He worked as a Machinist, retiring from Arkansas Cement Co. after over 15 years service. Lee was the last living, founding member of the De Queen Church of Christ. He served the church as a Sunday School Teacher having taught the teen and senior classes. He was a member of the Stay Dry Organization of Sevier County and enjoyed woodwork, gardening, carpentry and landscaping, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bessie Brewer, whom he shared 66 loving years; his daughter, Molly Ann Greer; and four brothers, Honval, Charles, James and Edgar Brewer.

He leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Denny Charles Brewer and his wife Debbie of Conway, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Daniel Lee Greer of Washington D.C., Josh Brewer and his wife LaWanda of St. Peters, Missouri, Jason Brewer and his wife Carrie Ann of Memphis, Tennessee, Jonathan Brewer of Dallas, Rosalie Todd and her husband Kerry of De Queen and Carmen Kelly and her husband Jason of Chicago, Illinois; eleven great-grandchildren, Wilson, MiKayla, Ellis, Olivia, William, Anthony, James, Duncan, Austin, Tanner and Paul; five great-great-grandchildren, Tatum, Lyrik, Kinsley, Declan and Wyatt; one brother, Lewis Brewer and his wife Rose of Louisville, Kentucky; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Lee Brewer will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 6, 2019 in the De Queen Church of Christ, with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers, officiating. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in the Valley Cemetery, Gillham, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 5th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Wilbur Jurdon Milam

Wilbur Jurdon Milam, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born January 3, 1942, in Plainview, Arkansas. He was a farmer and a rancher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Milam; one daughter, Angela Hood; four brothers, Marvin Milam, Charles Milam, Darrell Milam, and Steve Milam; and two sisters, Effie Klitz and Velva McCormick.

He is survived by his wife, Hellen Milam; one daughter, Karen Ramsey of Centerpoint, Arkansas; three brothers, John Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Bill Milam of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, and Gary Milam of Foreman; three sisters, Louise Key of Foreman, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma, and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; two grandsons, Antonio Reyna and Theo Ramsey; and one great granddaughter, Audrey Reyna.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Milam will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Pauley Cemetery with Ricky Gregory officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 on Tuesday, July 2nd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Ray Richardson

Mr. Ray Lynn Richardson, age 63, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Horatio.

He was born to George Andrew and Ruth Nora Dugan Richardson on May 21, 1956, in Spur, Texas. He was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride, where he worked as a Maintenance Mechanic for over 38 years. He was of the Baptist faith and attended the Williamson Community Church in Horatio. He enjoyed fishing and camping, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Chelsea Ann Richardson; two brothers, George Richarson, Jr. and his twin, Roy Richardson; and one sister, Melinda Litchford.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Jane Ann Richardson of Horatio; four sons, Robert Richardson and his wife Kristy of Horatio, Jason Richardson and his wife Linda of Taylor, Arkansas, Josh Callahan and Dustin Richardson, both of Horatio; seven grandchildren, Lexy and Kimberly Richardson of Horatio, Amy, Haylie and Mason Richardson, all of Taylor, Arkansas, Lillian Callahan and Rayden Richardson, both of Horatio; one brother, Bruce Richardson and his wife Jennifer of Horatio; one sister, Yvonne Evans and her husband Allen, also of Horatio; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Ray Richardson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Monday, June 24th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Christopher DeWayne Story

Christopher DeWayne Story, infant son of Tiffany Becerra and Dustin Story of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Mena, Arkansas.

He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Nati and Cindy Becerra and Tina Bailey and Kevin Bailey all of De Queen; two aunts, Ashley Platt and Latosha Story; two uncles, Austin Irons and Corey Coulter; and a number of great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Christopher will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Nati Becerra pastor of Mt. Pleasant Church in De Queen officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Billy Wayne Dossey

Mr. Billy Wayne Dossey, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed Sunday, June 16, 2019.

He was born January 26, 1933, in Shinewell, Oklahoma. He was a mechanic and an avid fisherman, hunter, and a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Billy was the fourth son of Ruth and Kelsey Dossey.

Mr. Dossey was preceded in death his wife, Gladys Lavern Manasco Dossey; his parents, Kelsey and Ruth Dossey; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Carylin Dossey; a daughter, Sherry Laverne Dossey; and a grandson, Blakely Dossey.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Kenneth Talley of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Lori Dossey of Mena, Arkansas and Bentley and Shelia Dossey of Pierce City, Missouri; one brother, Kenneth Dossey of Lodi, California; two sisters, Jackie Davis of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Helen Briscoe of Broken Bow; 9 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Dossey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in the Manasco Cemetery with Chad Gallagher officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Darrel Lane Glover

Darrel Lane Glover, age 67, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at his home.

He was born May 13, 1952, in Mena, Arkansas. Darrel loved crystal and arrowhead hunting, making arrowheads, metal detecting, and coin collecting. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his dog, Peppy.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Glover.

He is survived by his parents, Steven J. and Nelda Oakley Glover of Lockesburg; three brothers, Donald Glover of Austin, Texas, James Glover of Dickson, Tennessee, and Steven Glover of Texarkana, Arkansas; three sisters, Brenda Nunn of Texarkana, Texas, Patricia Miller, and Karen Bullard both of Lockesburg; two step-daughters, Jessica and Jennifer; a special nephew, Dakota Glover; and a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews

Funeral services for Mr. Glover will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00, Friday, June 14th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Dennis Michael Sanders

Dennis Michael Sanders, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 1, 1952, in De Queen. He was a Methodist and enjoyed fishing.

Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his father, Harlow Sanders and a sister, Vicky Rhea Story.

He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Phillips Flournoy; a daughter, Harmony Sanders of Anchorage, Alaska; and four grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sanders will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Steve Chenoweth officiating,  under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Amy Jane Crunk McWhorter

Mrs. Amy Jane Crunk McWhorter, age 101, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 11, 1917, in Sevier County, Arkansas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg and a homemaker.

Mrs. McWhorter was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Nora Crunk; her husband, William Aaron “Bill” McWhorter; two sons, Bobby McWhorter and Jerry McWhorter; a grandson, B.J. McWhorter; a great grandson, Austin Brackett.

She is survived by one daughter, Diana Shaw of Nash, Texas; two sons and three daughters-in-law, Billy and Wanda McWhorter, Jim and Jane McWhorter, and Sandra McWhorter all of Lockesburg; one sister, Ida Mae Nutt of Carthage, Arkansas; a special niece, Leaetta Payne; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McWhorter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Old Union Cemetery with Terell Polite officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 7th at the funeral home.

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

Sharon Kay McElhannon Reed

Mrs. Sharon Kay McElhannon Reed, age 71, a resident of Collierville, Tennessee, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home.

She was born June 25, 1947, in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a member of the Church of Christ and an accountant.

Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Avie Helen Wright McElhannon; two sisters, Frances Helen Beasley and Orbalene McElhannon; and one brother, Tillman McElhannon.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Reed of Collierville, Tennessee; two sons, Kyle Reed also of Collierville and Kevin Reed of Germantown, Tennessee; one brother, Ottis Boyd McElhannon of Foreman; six grandchildren, Mallorie Hand, Madisen Hand Andrade, Brooke Reed, Molly Reed, Ella Reed, and Lily Cate Reed; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Reed will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019, in the Foreman Church of Christ with Jim Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from noon until service time at the church.

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

Jannie Youngblood

Mrs. Jannie Youngblood, age 92, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born March 15, 1927, in the Holly Grove Community east of Grannis. She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother, and a beloved friend to all who knew her. We wish we could adequately express our great love, appreciation, and respect for our Momma-her devotion and care will be missed, but always remembered. She was a member of the Grannis Baptist Church. She loved life. Spending time with family and friends was probably one of her greatest joys. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, writing poetry, watching old westerns, and fishing.

Mrs. Youngblood was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Dona (Rose) Duggan; her husband of 63 years, Fred Youngblood; one brother, Willie Duggan; four sisters, Edith Frachiseur, Laura Duggan, Mary Oliver, and Dottlee Meager; and one great granddaughter, Kodi Leah Wheeler.

She is survived by nine children and their spouses, Danny and Carol Youngblood of Greenwood, Arkansas, June Wheeler of Gillham, Arkansas, Donnie and Georgia Youngblood of Whitehouse, Texas, Dennie and Sharon Youngblood, Richard and Andrea Youngblood all of Watson, Oklahoma, Freda and John Moore, Betty Youngblood, Darvin and Jennifer Youngblood, and Andy and Tracy Youngblood all of Grannis, Arkansas; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Youngblood will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngblood Cemetery west of the home, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Mr. Otho Houser

Mr. Otho Derle Houser, age 76, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, June 3, 2019 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born to Alvie M. and Maxine Ruth Stallard Houser on January 4, 1943, in Lockesburg, Arkansas.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served 20 years in the U. S. Army.  He was also retired from Pilgrim’s Pride, where he worked 30 years in maintenance.  He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church, and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and practical jokes.  He had a love for animals, his cows, and especially his dog, Spicy.  Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Deloris Dixon, and Othetta Chilcoat.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of almost 39 years, Marilyn Hennard Houser, a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and James Caldwell of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, a son and and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Jimmie Acklen of Alma, Arkansas, two daughters and son-in-law, Melissa and David Hill of Nashville, Arkansas, and Kimberly and Brian Mitchell of Horatio; nine grandchildren, David Mattox of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Dustin and his wife, Brittney of Redwater, Texas, Dalton Acklen, Mackenzie Acklen, and Reliegh Acklen all of Texarkana, Texas, Aaron and his wife, Chelsey Hill of Farmington, Arkansas, Jay Hill of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Cody Mitchell and his girlfriend, Megan Warren of Horatio, Kendra and her husband, Jeremy Pietens of Lockesburg, three great-grandchildren, Lorilie Acklen, Rebel Acklen, and Lyric Acklen; one brother and sister-in-law, Delwin and Carol Houser of Springfield, Missouri, a special friend, whom he loved like a son, Ronald Hughes of De Queen, as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Otho Houser will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 8th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Frachiseur and Rev. Sam Hendricks officiating.  Burial with military rites will be held in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., June 7th at the Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral

 

 

Nora Lou Bismark

Nora Lou Bismark, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, June 3, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Saturday, November 27, 1943 to Harvey Tillman and Flora Emaline Cogburn in Mena, Arkansas.

Nora was a member at the Wickes Nazarene Church since 1977 where she worked with the children’s ministry and women’s bible study groups throughout that time. She had a servant’s heart and was one of the friendliest people you could ever meet. Nora and her husband, Bill farmed for many years in Cove and Hatton. She belonged to the Cove Lioness Club and the Witherspoon Cemetery Board. She loved Gospel music, gardening in her flower beds, traveling, and most of all, her family. Nothing gave her more joy than helping her family. Nora was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Bismark; one brother, Billy Ray Cogburn; and one sister, Betty Ansley.

Nora is survived by her four daughters and sons in law; Beth Bismark of McKinney, Texas, Kimberly and Mike Sykora of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Deanna and Daniel Kimball of Louisville, Kentucky, and Melinda and Tony Deramus of Mena; one sister, Dessie Mae Evans of Piqua, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Zachary Sykora and wife, Meredith of Hot Springs Village, Tyler Sykora and wife, Samantha of Kansas City, Missouri, Bismark Kimball of Louisville, Kentucky, Bradley Deramus, Brandon Deramus, Jacob Deramus, and Gracie Deramus all of Mena; four great grandchildren; sister in law, Elizabeth Bismark Frachiseur of Grannis; brother in law, Paul Bismark and wife, Jeanie of Magnolia, Arkansas; special nieces and nephew, Darla Brooks of Benton, Arkansas, Donald Ansley of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Bonita Kent of Mena, and Jennifer Simmons of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, Arkansas with Reverend David Baker officiating. Interment will follow at the Witherspoon Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Zackary Sykora, Tyler Sykora, Bradley Deramus, Brandon Deramus, Jacob Deramus, Cory Lewellen, Nicolas Kent, and Bismark Kimball.

Memorial contributions may be made to Witherspoon Cemetery, in care of Leola Rye, at 246 Polk 15, Cove, AR 71937.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Jane Mulkey Gregory

Jane Mulkey Gregory, 98, died May 28, 2019, in Paris, TX, after a brief illness. Jane was born on November 27, 1920, in Garland, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norma and Steve Mulkey, her brother, Steve Mulkey, Jr., her husband, Robert Gregory, her son, Rob Gregory, and her grandson, William Gus Geurian. Jane is survived by her daughters, Norma Carey, Betty Hooker and husband, Jim, Laura Roffino and husband, Charlie, and Carrie Kinne and husband, Dave. She is further survived by grandchildren Jane Moore and husband Mac, Sydney McCann, Reina Geurian, Kyle Sistrunk, Charles, Alex, and Greg Roffino, Hannah, Sam, and Thomas Kinne, great grandchildren McGuyre and Evie Moore, Brayden Sistrunk, and Gus Geurian.

Jane was raised at Little River Club in Arkansas, then moved during World War II to Washington, DC, to work for the FBI. After transferring to Dallas, Texas, Jane met Robert (Bob) Gregory, the love of her life. They married in 1946, and the couple raised their five children in Dallas. Following Bob’s death in 1970, Jane worked for and retired from Cokesbury Methodist Bookstore. She returned to Little River after retirement, and she has lived the last few years in Paris, Texas. Jane leaves behind many friends and family who will cherish forever her southern charm and grace. Nana Jane loved her family, her friends, her books, Little River, her hats, The New Yorker, and her evening cocktail. She was dearly loved and will be dearly missed.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 1, at 2:00 PM, at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane’s honor to the LRC Horticulture Committee, 392 Country Club Road, Winthrop, AR, 71866.

Anita Jean Gentry

Mrs. Anita Jean Gentry passed peacefully from this world on Thursday, May 30. Anita was born in De Queen, AR, March 23, 1937. For our family and the friends who knew our Mother, Anita Gentry, this obituary is much too short to capture the many special things she did for those she loved and loved her. For those who did not know her, the De Queen newspaper does not have enough pages to capture this life well lived.

She and her husband Albert raised chickens for Pilgrim’s Pride for many years. She worked at the De Queen Hospital in the dietary department preparing meals for those in the hospital and received the October 2008 Employee of the Month. Her love of children was a major part of her retirement years as she helped with the Young Expression afterschool program. She was a member of the Sevier County Home Extension Club and spent many hours with them sewing and quilting. Anita was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen. Once fully retired, she and Albert enjoyed fishing on the De Queen Lake.

She was the beloved mother of daughter Dr. Teresa and son-in-law Dr. Douglas Franklin of Rogers, AR, daughter Dr. Claudia Gentry-Weeks and son-in-law David Weeks of Fort Collins, CO, son Allan and daughter-in-law Denise Gentry of De Queen AR, and son Douglas Gentry of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Anita was the proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and their spouses: Matthew and Whitney Franklin, Nathan, Desiree and Dayton Weeks, Amy (Gentry) and Josh Tadlock, Bradley Gentry and wife Haley, Briony (Gentry) and Chad Jenkins, and Jessi Gentry. She had 4 step grandchildren, Jamie Blankenship, Joni Blankenship Deen, Roy Blankenship and wife Rikki, and Rob Blankenship.

She was also the great-grandmother of 25 great-grandchildren, Emilia and Ellis Franklin, Dakota and Lexie Gentry, Kylie, Jacie, Landrie, Maggie Joe, and Charliekate Tadlock, and Dax and Jax Jenkins, and step-great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Lyssia, Sephriam, Dagon, Jacob, Parker, and Rychein, Blankenship, Rylie, Khalil, and Kai Blankenship Deen, Ryan, Misty, Analise, and Blue Blankenship.

She is proceeded in her death by her loving husband of 63 years, Albert C. Gentry and parents, Ruth and Jessie Johnson and her sister Charlotte. She is survived by sisters, Carla Currence of Monticello, AR, Margie Christie of Nashville, AR, Phyllis Gaddis of Cincinnati, OH, Wayne Johnson of Houston, TX, and Neal Johnson of De Queen, AR.

Graveside funeral services for Anita Jean Gentry will be on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 10:00 am at Redman Cemetery in De Queen, AR. Visitation will be from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, June 3 at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Kathryn D. Jones

Kathryn D. Jones, age 84, of Foreman, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, Texas.

She was born August 28, 1934, in Duncan, Oklahoma. Kathryn attended Haworth High School and married Joel Jones on July 13, 1962, in Idabel, Oklahoma. She worked at GTE, E-Systems, Texas Instruments, and was a homemaker. Kathryn truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; drinking coffee on the porch, traveling with her husband of nearly 57 years, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kathryn had a smile that lit up any room and warmed every heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adrian “Pete” and Elizabeth “Beth” Oglesby and a granddaughter, Elisha Billingsley.

She is survived by her husband, Joel; children, Andrea (Tom) Billingsley, Linda Gauldin, Steve Williams, Jacque (Brian) Chapin, Randy (Kathy) Jones and Jennifer (Chris) Williams.  She was blessed with grandchildren, Heather Billingsley, Donald Wayne Gauldin, Steve Williams Jr, Dawndee Deaver, Sarah Grady, Brianna Evans, Delaney Chapin, Alyssa Jones, Alex Jones, Payton Williams, and Jackson Williams.  She was also blessed with great grandchildren, Krystal Fowler, Rachell James, Rhiannon Poole, and Claire Grady and a great-great grandson, Kaiden Rhodes.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Piney Cemetery with Dale Oglesby officiating.

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

Emma Doris Leeper Williamson

Emma Doris Leeper Williamson, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away from this life Sunday, May 26, 2019, in De Queen.

She was born November 9, 1926, to the late John Thomas and Lelia Leeper in De Queen.

She was the owner/operator of Doris’ Hair Fashion for many years.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Owen E. Williamson; a son, Nathan Williamson; four sisters, Thelma Douglas, Alma Johnston, Mildred Willett, and Mary Taggart; and one brother, Edwin Leeper.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Troy Williamson and David and Vicky Williamson; one daughter, Peggy Williamson; one daughter-in-law, DeDee Williamson; two sisters, Ruth Beeson and Majol Lemley; eleven grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Williamson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May the 28th  at the funeral home.

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

Opal Maxine Hair Kidder

Mrs. Opal Maxine Hair Kidder, age 97, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 24, 1922 in Iowa. She was a sales clerk.

Mrs. Kidder was preceded in death by her parents, Nickles and Gladys Hair; husbands, Joseph Miller and Guy Arthur Kidder; three sons, David J. Miller, Lee Gale Miller and Charles Kidder; two brothers, Carl Hair and Frank Hair.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Margaret and Bob Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona and Barbara Summerhill of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Twila Miller of California; two special nieces, Diana Rowden and Letha Brewer; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Kidder will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the Ben Lomond Cemetery with Bro. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks, Texarkana, Texas 75503.

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

 

Marlin Ryan Allen

Marlin Ryan Allen, age 28, a resident of Provo, Arkansas died Monday, May 20, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Florida.

He was born February 15, 1991, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a loader operator for Leon Scott Logging, LLC and attended the Old Time Gospel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Tara Helms Allen; two sons, Marlin Gauge Allen and  Tytus Stihl Allen; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Kimber and Justin Reed of Ashdown, Arkansas and Paige Allen of Saratoga, Arkansas; one brother, Alex Allen of Ashdown; raised by his grandparents, Marlin Allen, Jr. and Carolyn Allen of Dierks, Arkansas; his parents, Marlin DeWayne Allen and Cathy Couch Wolfe; his grandmother, Joyce Fugitt of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kem and Anita Helms of Provo, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Janay and Clint Bailey and Kayle Helms; three nephews, Caydin Rian Reed, Sawyer Cane Reed, Kyce Russell; two nieces, Kyah and Avanna Bailey; and a number of aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Ryan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 27, 2019, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow in Green’s Chapel Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 28th  at the funeral home in Dierks, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Winnona Brewer

Mrs. Winnona Ruth McCauley Davis Brewer of Wickes went to her heavenly home on May 19, 2019. She was born to Henry and Pearl McCauley in Umpire, Howard County, on February 17, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Royle C. Davis and Garry Brewer and granddaughter Amber Davis Morris.

Winnona, Nona, was an avid basketball fan enthusiastically supporting her children and grandchildren as well as participating in the sport in her high school days. After graduation from Wickes School she left the farm and log cabin and attended a Western Union School in Springfield, Missouri. Later she was transferred to Washington, DC where she finished her business training and was employed by the Civil Service as a secretary. She was there at the end of WWII. Upon the return to Arkansas she then attended Henderson State Teachers College where she earned a BSE in English Speech and Drama. She attended Drake University in Iowa and completed a Master’s Degree in English from HSTC in 1966.

Winnona began her teaching career in Umpire in 1955. She continued her career in Grannis, Grand Junction, Iowa, Hatfield, Horatio and retired from DeQueen High in 1992. During her 37 years of contributing to education she also was adjunct instructor in English Composition and Speech for then Rich Mountain Community College and Cossatot Community College.  She was always interested in reading, which the love of books led her to heading many libraries in her career.

Her love of life and work and service to others allowed her to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Tri Lakes, from 1977 – 2012. She was greatly admired and loved by so many and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by Randal Davis (Sherry Lynn) of Wickes, Larry Davis (Sherry), Hot Springs, and LaJuana Mooney (Michael), Hot Springs. Grandchildren, Andi Davis, Wickes, Mikka Mooney, Broken Arrow, OK, Matthew Davis, Alameda, CA and five great grandchildren.

Her family extends their appreciation to her caregivers in her home and in Hot Springs. Pallbearers are Preston Sirmon, Victor Kuykendall, James Pickett, Mike Richardson, Alan Smith and Scott Corbitt.

Visitation is Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, May 22, Chandler Funeral Home, DeQueen. Services, 2:00 pm, Thursday, Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Bro Chris Burke officiating. Interment at Daniel Cemetery, Wickes. Online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Bryce Harmon

Mr. Bryce Lenard Harmon, age 74, a resident of the Little River Country Club, passed from this life on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on March 17, 1945, the oldest son of the late Edward Lenard and Marguerite Catherine Finn Harmon.  He was retired from Weyerhaeuser Company, where he worked in management at the Dierks Mill.  He married the love of his life, Marybeth Cloud on April 30, 1965 in Malvern, Arkansas. He was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed hunting, fishing, dominos, golf, riding the golf cart around the course with his beloved golden retriever, “Roscoe,” and travel far and wide to watch his grandchildren play ball and golf. He coached little league baseball on the Treating Plant Team, when his son played, coached Lions Baseball Team with his grandsons, as well as the Sandlot Traveling Baseball Team.

Bryce was preceded in death by his parents, and his best friend, Roscoe.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 54 years, Marybeth Cloud Harmon of the Little River Club; a daughter, Hollye Watkins of Prosper, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law,Brett and Heather Harmon of Nashville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Brennan and his wife, Kayla Watkins of Horatio, Braxton Watkins of the Little River Club, Addy Harmon and Rayleigh Harmon both of Nashville, Arkansas; a great-grandchild, Brenley Watkins of Horatio; one brother, and sister-in-law, Bryan and Sherry Harmon of Malvern, Arkansas; a niece, Megan Dill and her husband, Andrew of Pinetop, Arizona; as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bryce Harmon will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, May 20, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating.  Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.  Visitation will be at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Linda Emerson

Linda K. (Vickers) Emerson passed away May 17, 2019 at the age of 73.  She was surrounded by people who loved her and prayed for by people who couldn’t be there.  She joins the love of her life, James R. Emerson Jr., her son, James Emerson III, her parents, George and Bassie Vickers, and her siblings, Franklin Vickers, Rose Babcok, Georgia Corkin, and her grandchildren Jessica Leistikow & Zachary McCune in Eternity.

Left to cherish her memory and legacy are her children; Rosemary Leistikow, Debbie Chambers, Harold McCune, Bart (Michelle) Emerson, Bret (Elizabeth) Emerson, her brother Ronnie Vickers, brother-in-law, Donnie Corkin, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Linda will be remembered as a good wife & mother, a loving nana or granny as her youngest grandchildren insisted on calling her, a loving great-grandmother and a good friend.  She was much loved and her presence will be missed by all who knew her.

There will be no viewing as per Linda’s request and a private memorial service will be held at the discretion of the family.

We wish to thank all the doctors and nurses, and those who cared for her and took the time to visit, her friends and family.  Thoughts and prayers are appreciated during this difficult time.

 

Stephany Marie Plunk Young

Stephany Marie Plunk Young, age 28, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died on May 12, 2019, near Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born June 21, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked for Pilgrim’s and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Debbie Plunk and her grandfather, Thurman Plunk.

She is survived by one son, Cyrus Wayne Young; one daughter, Ray Lynn Young both of North Dakota; one twin sister, Heather Hill of De Queen; two brothers, Wayne Plunk and Randy Plunk; her grandmother, Joyce McGarrah Plunk; her father and step-mother, Brian Crownover and Sue Mills all of Horatio; and a number of step-siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Young will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Horatio Cemetery, with Bro. John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Charles Liggin

Mr. Charles Edward Liggin, age 86, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed from this life on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born on September 11, 1932, to the late George Edward and Gennetta Harris Liggin in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked on the railroad for D&E during the 1950’s and 60’s and later worked in the timber industry. He was a member of the Prairie Branch Hunting Club and was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all. he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 20 years, Margorie McWhorter Liggin and one son, Randall Liggin, both passing in the 1980’s; one great-grandchild, latasha Leathers; three great-grandchildren, Alana, DJ and Kayle Leathers; four brothers, Frank, Glen, Fletcher and Walter Liggin; and four sisters, Callie Ross, Lillie McWhorter, Annie McNeice and Velma Liggin.

He is survived by two sons, Eddie Liggin and wife Becky and Tony Eugene Liggin and wife Kay, all of Lockesburg; ten grandchildren, Nicole Smith and husband Aaron, Tonya Cribb, Shane and Crystal Martz, Heather Thatcher, Chris Liggin and wife Sissy, Brandon Liggin and wife Cassandra, Darrell Potter, Tonya Conatser and Frankie Stamps and husband Billie; fourteen great-grandchildren, Mark, Noah, Bella, Mallorie, Landry, Lynli, Laney, Bentley, Lindsay, BJ, David and wife Tara, Jacob, Ely and Hunter; five great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Charles Liggin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, May 17, 2019 in the Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 16th , at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Noel F. Leverett

Mr. Noel F. Leverett, age 84, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Nashville.

He was born February 27,1935, in Horatio, Arkansas. Mr. Leverett was  a commercial and industrial electrical contractor and a member of the First Baptist Church in Nashville.

Mr. Leverett was preceded in death by his parents, Noel Faye and Ethel Dossett Leverett; one daughter, Karen Louise Leverett; one sister, Bobby Fay McDonald; and one brother, Raymond Leverett.

He is survived by his wife, Onia  Louise McClinton Leverett; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jeanice Neel of Hope, Arkansas and Denise and Alton McKnight of Choudrant, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Karen Noelle King and husband Chris; three grandsons, Jordan Elliott, Kevin McKnight, and Jason McKnight; five great grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Louise Leverett of Horatio; a number of nieces and nephews; and a faithful dog, Cocoa.

Funeral services for Mr. Leverett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the Nashville First Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin Sartin, Bro. Tim Freel III, and Dr. David Blase officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday until service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Andrew Todd Day

Mr. Andrew Todd Day, age 32, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, May 11, 2019, in De Queen.

He was born December 29,1986, in Texarkana, Texas. Mr. Day loved his wife and his family.  He was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church and loved selling cars at De Queen Ford. Mr. Day loved music, playing music, flowers, gardening, giving, and cooking.

Mr. Day was preceded in death by, his grandfather, Harold Day; aunt, Donna Day; and great grandparents, Bob and Rosie Hunter and Chet and Melva Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Olivia Hilario Day; father, Tracy Day of De Queen; mother and step father, Robyn and Paul Freeman of Heber Springs, Arkansas; two brothers, Samuel Freeman of Heber Springs and  Hunter Day of De Queen; one sister, Jessyca Hernandez of De Queen; grandmother, Bobbie Day of De Queen; grandfather, Wendell West and wife Anita of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandmother, Karen Green of Lodi, California; nieces and nephews, Adain and Bella Hernandez, Elijah Brown and Livy Tollett; the Hilario family and the Olguin family.

Funeral services for Mr. Day will be held at 2:00p.m, Saturday May 18, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rene Martinez and Elmer Hemel officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday May 17th at the funeral home.

The family is asking everyone to wear white to the service in Andrew’s memory.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Abb Thomas Short

Mr. Abb Thomas Short, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, May 12, 2019, in De Queen.

He was born December 16,1938, in Soper Oklahoma. Mr. Short was a retired Crane operator for Weyerhaeuser. He Loved to Hunt, Fish, enjoyed Family time, and was a Instigator.

Mr. Short was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Juanita Tom Short; his wife, Kathryn Hall Short; son, Tommy R. Short and three brothers, Emerson, J.C., and Edmond Short.

He is survived by one son, Jerry Short of Jacksonville Florida, one daughter and son-in-law, Sherri Short Edge and Danny of Dierks, Arkansas; one sister, Ruth Alasabrook of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers, Kermit and Rexcene Short of Oregon, Nick and Joyce Short of Gillham, Arkansas, and Kenneth and Florene Short of  De Queen; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral services for Mr. Short will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday May 15, 2019 at Redmen Cemetery with Bobby Neal officiating, under the Direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday May 14, 2019 at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Harold David Wisnoskie, Jr.

Mr. Harold David Wisnoskie, Jr., age 70, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Ashdown.

He was born September 30,1948, in Texas. Mr. Wisnoskie was a construction worker and truck driver.

Mr. Wisnoskie was preceded in death by his parents, Harold David Wisnoskie, Sr. and Louise Terral Wisnoskie and a sister, Joan Wisnoskie.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Cindy Wisnoskie and Larry and Kim Wisnoskie all of Fayetteville, Texas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Henry Brown of Arden, Arkansas and Barbara Penney of Ashdown; six grandchildren, Hali Wisnoskie, Zackery Wisnoskie, Christopher and Chasity Irvin, Marc and Megan Irvin, Melissa and Nick Schwarz, and Andrew and Amanda Irvin; a number of nieces and nephews; and a spcial companion, his dog, Nikki.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wisnoskie will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Arden Cemetery with Mike Jones and Jason Brown officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Jimmie Lee Lyons, Sr.

Mr. Jimmie Lee Lyons, Sr., age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, May 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 24, 1933, in De Queen. Mr. Lyons was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He retired after working many years as an engineer for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, returning to De Queen.

Mr. Lyons was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jackie, and one son, David Lyons.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jim Lyons, Jr and Melinda Lyons. of Reno, Nevada; daughter, Denise Huckaby of De Queen; brother, Harold Lyons of Phoenix, Arizona; four grandchildren, Crystal Celso, Jason James Carr, Jeremy Lyons and Ben Lyons; five great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Lyons will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019, with Randy Davis officiating, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Phyllis Elaine Irvan Stark

Mrs. Phyllis Elaine Irvan Stark, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 26, 1950, in Horatio. She was a Christian and a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Mrs. Stark was preceded in death by her parents, Russel Le Roy and Alma Corene James Irvan; two husbands, Bruce Strawn and Floyd Ellis Stark; one brother, Terry Irvan; one son, Curtis Jordan; and one grandson, Coty Jordan.

She is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Cathy Day of Horatio, Carrie and Rudy Rivas of De Queen, Arkansas, and Margie Jordan of Winthrop, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Scotty Shaw, Brittany Shaw, Jessyca Hernandez, Hunter Day, Carter Rivas, and Elaina Rivas; four great grandchildren, Isabella Hernandez, Adian Hernandez, Addy Johnson, and Brennan Shaw; one brother and sister-in-law, Kirby and Gayla Irvan of Horatio; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Pete Minor of Horatio; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stark will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, in the Williamson Community Church with Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Bobby Dale Kesterson

Bobby Dale Kesterson, age 70, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at his home.

He was born March 14, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a Christian and retired from the Howard County Sheriff Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelsie Rosevelt and Cozie Kirby Kesterson; two brothers, Donald Kesterson and Ronald Kesterson; and one sister, Norma Kesterson.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Kesterson; two daughters, Michelle Kesterson of Waterloo, Iowa and Jeanie Damazio of Hot Springs, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Isabella Kelsie Shefchik of Waterloo, Keri Rowley of Hot Springs, and Stacy Robinson of Ft. Valley, Georgia; two grandsons, Brock Bennett and Dan Bennett; and a number of great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé and James Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Burg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., May 5th at the chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Patsy Ann Black Dodds

Patsy Ann Black Dodds of Horatio, Arkansas passed away on May 1, 2019, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Patsy was born in De Queen, Arkansas on July 12, 1946, to the late Overton Woodrow and Lois LaVetta Nickerson Black. She graduated from Horatio High School in 1964 and married James Russel Dodds the same year.

She loved to attend family reunions and enjoyed history and genealogy.  She had a tremendous love for all people and was kind and compassionate, seeing good in everyone.  She had a tender heart for animals and enjoyed nature and gardening.  She was a Christian woman of the Baptist faith, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, James Russel Dodds of Horatio, Arkansas; two brothers, Danny Lynn Black of Horatio, Arkansas and Bobby Leonard Black of De Queen, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra Diane Dodds Flanrey and Floyd Anthony Flanrey of Horatio, Arkansas; a son and daughter-in-law, James Shannon Dodds and Missy Johnson Dodds of Bemidji, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Mason Forest Flanrey, Brock Lando Flanrey, Lillie Grace Dodds, William Johnson Dodds, and James Andrew Dodds; and a number of nieces and nephews

Funeral services for Mrs. Dodds will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Chandler officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5th at the funeral home.

The family would also like to extend a thank you for your support and prayers during this time and please feel free to share a condolence or loving memory of Patsy Ann Black Dodds.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Shane Huntter Mathis

Shane Huntter Mathis, age 12, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed from this life on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born March 6, 2007 in Mena, Arkansas. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and playing. He played for the Dierks Outlaw football team and was well liked by all of his teachers. He was respectful and loved his mom and dad and brothers and sisters. He attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Barbara Mauldin.

He is survived by his parents, Jason and step-mom Stephanie Mathis of Lockesburg and Cindy and step-dad Donnie Pennington of Lockesburg; his brothers and sisters, Abagail Mathis, Dakota Mathis, Kaitlynn Mathis, Danielle Mathis, Auston Mathis, Brayden Mathis, Kaynen Mathis, Ellania Mathis, Jackson Mathis, Donnie Pennington, Jr. and Laura Pennington; his grandparents, Elizabeth and David Mathis and Earl and Mary Liles; great grandparents, Frances and Bobby Brakeville; and a number of aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Shane will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with  Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday the 4th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Charlotte Jean Rock Skidmore

Mrs. Charlotte Jean Rock Skidmore, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed from this life on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Hot Springs.

She was born September 26, 1949 in Elyria, Ohio. She was a supervisor for Pro Systems Aerospace in Fontana, California and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her father, Lee Rock of Ohio; a sister, Holly Teffetleter of Walland, Tennessee; three brothers, David Rock of Ohio, Scott Rock of Ohio, and Chris Rock of Wilmington, Delaware.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Skidmore; a daughter, Dawn Griffiths of De Queen; a sister, Candy Rock Rose of Tennessee; a brother, Mike Rock of Ohio; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Skidmore will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Tim Smallwood and Robert Reyes officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 -8 p.m. Friday the 3rd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Vera Virginia Pate

Vera Virginia Pate, age 90, a resident of Van Buren, Arkansas passed from this life and gained her heavenly home on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Vera was born on October 23, 1928, in Sweet Apple, Arkansas to John B. and Berta Mae Luttrell. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving mother, wife, and friend.

She married Bartie Pate on February 26, 1946, and he was the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bartie; her brothers, Irvin Luttrell, Bill Luttrell, and “Sonny” Elbert Watts; one sister, Addie Mae Merrie; and one grandson, Charles Cole Pate.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Merle and Nancy Pate of Ozark, Arkansas and Rick and Carol Pate of Oliver Springs, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Mardel Long and Delanna Jones; one grandson, Brian Long; two great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and one special friend, Vonda Rooks.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pate will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Free Holiness Church in Athens, Arkansas with Tracy Welch and Shane Pair officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Visitation with the family will be at 1:00 p.m., until service time.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Covington Court Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hopes Creek Retirement Center, Restore Home Healthcare, Elite Home Healthcare, and Kindred at Home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Robert Kerry Lumpkin

Mr. Robert Kerry Lumpkin, age 55, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Winthrop.

He was born July 4, 1963, in California. He served in the Army as an Airborne Ranger and was the manager and worked maintenance for UAG Housing.

Mr. Lumpkin was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Wayne and Roberta Lumpkin.

He is survived by his wife, Kat Scott; two sons; four daughters; one brother and sister-in-law; and a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Eddy Roland Owen

Mr. Eddy Roland Owen, age 69, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma passed from this life on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at his home.

He was born March 15, 1950 in Altus, Oklahoma to Roy Lee and Naomi Lowe Owen. He was a retired truck driver and manager of Passmores Grocery in Broken Bow and was a Christian.

Eddy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eddy Neil Owen; and a brother, Richard Owen.

He is survived by his wife, Susan McCoy Owen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Trey Casanover of Eagletown, and Beth and Tony Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas; a daughter-in-law, Terri Jean Owen of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Tyler and Kevin Harvison, Tate Casanover, Sadie Trevino, Beau Hughes, Ashley McGaha and Bryan McGaha; two brothers, his twin, Teddy (Ann) Owen of Eagletown, Ira Hoyt and Billie Owen, three sisters, Pat and Carl Jones, Joyce and Roland Nordmo and Kathy Fernandez; and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Eddy will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Randy Watkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagletown Cemetery.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Carroll Lee Morphew

Mrs. Carroll Lee Williams Morphew, a resident of the Kellum Community passed away from this life and entered into her Heavenly home on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

She was born December 2, 1937 in Lakeview, Oregon. She was a Christian, and a homemaker. She loved her family and enjoyed playing pitch, fishing, reading and painting. She attended Southeastern Oklahoma College in Durant on a basketball and academic scholarship typing shorthand.

Mrs. Morphew was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Lavada Williams; and a brother, Doug Williams.

She leaves to cherish her sweet spirit, her loving husband, Lowell Morphew; her children and their spouses, Robert and Angela Morphew, Jimmy and Janet Morphew, Michael and Lisa Morphew, Lisa Morphew, Scott Morphew, and Mitchell and Sarah Morphew;  her grandchildren, Robert, Erica and Caterra Morphew, Jared and Heath Morphew, McKenzie Morphew, Hadley Philamlee, Paige and Ben Morphew, Bailey Ward and Lorel and Ellie Morphew; two sisters, Shirley Laster of Scottsdale, Arizona and Lavana Warford of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; one brother, James Williams of Guthrie, Oklahoma; 11 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Morphew will be held on Easter Sunday at 3:30 p.m., April 21, 2019 in Millcreek Cemetery with Bro. Ray Brown officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Ray Williams

Mr. Ray Williams, age 75, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, April 18, 2019 at his home.

He was born to Rufus and Vinita Harp Williams on February 4, 1944 in Abbott, Arkansas. He worked as a Well-Driller and served Sevier County and the surrounding communities for many years. He married Michele Janine Tripp on May 15, 1997 in De Queen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bernice Williams; and three brothers, James, Hermon and Raymond Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Michele Williams of  De Queen; one son, Danny Williams and his wife Amanda of Gillham; five daughters, Trisha Loyd and her husband Darrol, Linda Williams and Dena Williams, all of Mount Vernon, Texas, Judy Lacefield and her husband Curtis, and Janine Williams, both of De Queen; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Carolyn Ruth Hornsby Formby

Mrs. Carolyn Ruth Hornsby Formby, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, April 13, 2019, in De Queen.

She was born January 31, 1945 in Lambert, Mississippi. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mrs. Formby was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Herbert and Gertha Lou Hellums Hornsby; and a daughter, Amy Beth Formby.

She is survived by one son, Jason Formby; five brothers, Ronald Bert Hornsby, Arthur Grady Hornsby, Charles Everett Hornsby, Quinton Ray Hornsby and James Allen Hornsby; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Formby will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., until service time.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Penelope “Penny” Searles Noel

Mrs. Penelope “Penny” Searles Noel, age 76, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born July 8, 1942, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was a seamstress and a member of the Dierks United Methodist Church. She worked as a traveling missionary for many years, serving in Ohio, Texas, and Sitka, Alaska. She worked on health vans and in colleges in her mission service to others.

Mrs. Noel was preceded in death by her parents, William Linton and Barbara Holden Searles.

She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Michael Noel and Malinda of Dierks and Christopher Noel of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Dianna Noel Hollo and Joseph of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; one sister, Judy Rizzo of Lewisburg, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Jennifer Noel, Spencer Noel and wife Sarah, Jacob, Jennie and Anthony Hollo and one great granddaughter, Ellie Grace Noel.

A memorial visitation for Mrs. Noel will be held at 6-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Juanita LaPorte

Mrs. Juanita Hopkins LaPorte, age 83, a resident of the White Cliffs Community of Sevier County, passed from this life on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was the oldest of three children born to Luther and Zeddie Crosslin Hopkins on May 3, 1935 in White Cliffs. She attended school at the White Cliffs Community School and worked as a CNA. Before retirement, she worked for the Swoperidge Nursing Center in Missouri and as a private care nurse. Juanita loved the Lord, was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in White Cliffs. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, knitting, reading and sharing about the newspaper, and being retired, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, whom she shared many wonderful years, George E. LaPorte; two sons, Ronald Keith Booker and Douglas Lydell Booker; four daughters, Diann Hopkins, Janice Booker, Marlene Canady and Francine Canady (McGee); and two brothers, Dorris Luther Hopkins and Leodis Hopkins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, six sons, Arnold Booker, Jr., Larry Darrell Booker, Ernest Eugene Booker and Billy Odell Booker, all of Kansas City, Missouri, Bobby Oniel Booker of the White Cliffs Community, and Maverick Lamar Canady, also of Kansas City, Missouri; 30 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Juanita LaPorte will be held at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Saturday, April 13, 2019 in the Scott’s Memorial United Methodist Church, Paraloma, with Rev. Calvin Marbles officiating. Burial will follow in the Brownstown Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M., until service time, Saturday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Bobby McWhorter

Bobby McWhorter, age 75, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 17, 1943, in Lockesburg. Mr. McWhorter served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church. He was also a former Sunday school superintendent and Deacon, as well as a logger, and cattle farmer. He enjoyed woodworking in his shop. He might have been a very quiet man, but his love for others spoke volumes.

Mr. McWhorter was preceded in death by his father, William Aaron McWhorter; one son, B.J. McWhorter; one grandson, Austin Brackett; and one brother, Jerry McWhorter.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Pruitt McWhorter; one daughter, Terry Brackett; his mother, Amy Jane Crunk McWhorter; two brothers, Billy McWhorter and Jimmy McWhorter all of Lockesburg; one sister, Diana Shaw of Nash, Texas; one grandson and fiancé, Aaron Brackett and Kara Walker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. McWhorter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with John Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 11th at the funeral home.

If God lays on your heart to make a memorial for Bobby, send to Rock Hill Church, 108 East Rock Hill Road, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Betty Jane Stacy Arbour

Mrs. Betty Jane Stacy Arbour, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born October 16, 1938, in Malvern, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Seventh Day Adventist.

Mrs. Arbour was preceded in death by her parents, Revis and Neva Dyer Stacy; her husband, Dr. William Hunter Arbour; and one sister, Joyce White.

She is survived by one daughter, Toni Arbour of De Queen; three sons, Ray Arbour, Mark Arbour, and David Arbour all of De Queen; one brother, Larry Stacy of Malvern, Arkansas; one sister, Anna Bell Blake of Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Brittany Arbour and Josh Arbour; four great grandchildren, Molly Caswell, Parker Caswell, Trey Bell, and Hattie Bell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Arbour will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, in the Beacon Hill Cemetery with Elder Duane Nash officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Tom Lewis “Stormy” Blagg

Mr. Tom Lewis “Stormy” Blagg was born June 18, 1927 in Dierks, Arkansas. He passed from this life Saturday, April 6, 2019.  He was a member of Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.

He was a World War II veteran. He was a sawyer for Dierks Forests and Weyerhaeuser Company and retired from Weyerhaeuser in 1989 after 40 years and six months of service.

In 1962 Stormy helped organize the Dierks Riding Club. He loved country music and gospel music. He also loved hunting and fishing with his friends.

Stormy was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Nichols Blagg; his son, Gary Blagg; his parents, Bill and Mary James Blagg, one daughter-in-law, Kathy Blagg; two sisters, Eunice Blagg Pate and husband Wallace, and Dorma Blagg Hunter and husband Burl; and one brother, Buddy Blagg.

He is survived by two granddaughters, Keli Blagg of Frisco, Texas, and Ashley and Jordan Scharnweber, also of Frisco; great grandchildren, Opal and Ivy Scharnweber of Frisco; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Junior and Jane Nichols of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two nieces, Cindy Jordan and Dee Dee King and two nephews; Bryan Nichols and Ralph Blagg; and close friend, Jerald Griffin of Dierks; and a host of other friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Blagg will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Scott Kitchens and Jaron Tipton officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Roy McMahan, Jr.

Mr. Roy Lee McMahan, Jr., age 32, a resident of Grannis, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Polk County, Arkansas.

He was born to Roy Lee McMahan, Sr., and JoAnn Fondren on March 17, 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was of the Baptist faith and worked for Texar. He enjoyed anything outdoors, especially fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy McMahan, Sr.

He is survived by his daughter, McKenna Lee McMahan of Winthrop; his mother, JoAnn Fondren of Grannis; fiancé, Angela Caramez of Grannis; three sisters, Miranda Fondren of Phoenix, Arizona, Malisha Palmer and husband Eric of San Antonio, Texas, and Betty Fondren of Ocala, Florida; one brother, Donald Fondren and his wife Margaret of Asheville, North Carolina; four nieces, Taylor Fondren, Laura and Alena Huggins, and Olivia Fondren; one nephew, Jesse Balogh; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mary Elizabeth Dixson Conatser

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dixson Conatser, age 76, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born May 4, 1942, in Lockesburg. She was a homemaker, poultry farmer, and a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church in De Queen, Arkansas.

Mrs. Conatser was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Minnie Ayers Dixson and two brothers, Leo Dixson and Eugene Dixson.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leon Conatser; one daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Eric Crawford of Ben Lomond, Arkansas; three grandsons, Matthew Lovell of Texarkana, Arkansas, Jason Crawford, and Kevin Crawford both of Lockesburg; three sisters, Allene Thornton, Laverne Renfrow, and Ernestine Clay all of Lockesburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Conatser will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Coulter Memorial Garden in Lockesburg with Rev. Roy Conatser officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Billie Faye Helms Fant

Mrs. Billie Faye Helms Fant, age 91, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 30, 1927, in the Provo Community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church. She enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and growing flowers.

Mrs. Fant was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Lucy Harberson Helms and two brothers, Arvin Helms and Marvin Helms.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd “Samp” Fant; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Candi Fant of Lockesburg; two grandsons, Justin Fant and wife Samantha and Tyler Fant all of Lockesburg; and one great granddaughter Dalleigh Fant.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fant will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Lockesburg First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Carrie Mae McClinton

Carrie Mae passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Paris, Texas at the age of 97. She was born March 8, 1922, in Glendale, Arkansas to Victor Otto Owen and Mary Will Smith Owen.

She married Willie Paul McClinton on July 10, 1945. Carrie was a member of the State Line Baptist Church, Cerro Gordo, Arkansas for over 65 years and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for most of those years. She attended the First Baptist Church of  Paris while making her home in Paris with her daughter for the last few years.

Carrie was preceded in death by her husband; her sisters, Hellon Bellew, Pebble Watts, Evelyn Johnston, and Maxine Woolley; and her brothers, James Owen and Victor Owen.

She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Melton and husband Leonard (Buddy) Melton of Paris, Texas; one son, Loyd (Tommy) McClinton of Cerro Gordo; grandchildren, Paul Melton and wife Patricia of Rochester, Minnesota, Donna Trapp and husband Chad of Hugo, Oklahoma, Lonn McClinton and wife Erin of Cerro Gordo, Angie Zygmont and husband Gary of Austin, Texas, and Brandon Burns of Atlanta, Georgia; great grandchildren, Katie and Samantha Trapp of Hugo, Oklahoma, Rebecca Williams of Dallas, Texas, Chris and Grace Melton of Rochester, and Libby and Steven McClinton of Cerro Gordo; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Eula Faye Hestand of Paragould, Arkansas, Martha Mayfield of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Joyce McFalls of Pine Bluff, and Virginia Gillespie also of Pine Bluff; one brother, Herbert Owen of Pine Bluff; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. McClinton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019, at the State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas with Roy Brooks and  Jerry Taylor officiating.  Burial will follow in Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m., before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the State Line Baptist Church, 924 Hwy 380 W., Winthrop, Arkansas 71866.

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

Faye Elaine Robertson Young

Mrs. Faye Elaine Robertson Young, age 87, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at her home.

She was born May 2, 1931, in Gordon, Nebraska to Alice Lewis Robertson and Al Robertson. The family moved to Wenatchee, Washington, where, at the age of 16 she met and married Henry Lee Young.

Faye is preceded in death by both parents; her husband; and two brothers, Hollis Robertson and Everett Robertson.

She is survived by three children: daughter, LaJeana Jones and husband, Larry, daughter, Brenda Young, and son, Daniel Young and wife, Sherry; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

During her lifetime Faye was a homemaker, cashier, poultry farmer, consultant for Mary Kay cosmetics, factory worker for Poulan, and gate keeper for the Corps of Engineers. Faye was a member of the Dierks United Methodist Church. Her hobbies included sewing and genealogy.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Young will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Allen Cemetery with Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Tiny Tollett Smith Ayers

Mrs. Tiny Tollett Smith Ayers, age 89, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, formerly of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Pleasant Manor.

She was born April 2, 1929 in New Bethel, Arkansas to Luke and Lillie Upton Tollett. She was a homemaker and loving caregiver to her family. She enjoyed southern cooking, gardening and quilting.

Tiny is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Shirley Tollett of Ashdown; numerous nephews and nieces; great-great nieces, Alicia Loman and Carly Stinnett of Hugo, Oklahoma; and loving friend, Mrs. Tommye Ford of Ashdown.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Ayers will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Belleville Cemetery with Bro. Tim Smallwood officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Roger Allen Bell

Mr. Roger Allen Bell, age 59, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born November, 4, 1959, in Kewanee, Illinois. Mr. Bell was a retired pipeliner.

Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Christopher and Opal Mary Shaw Bell and two brothers, Bobby Bell and John Christopher Bell.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette Brewer Bell; four daughters, Angie Charron of Missouri, Joy Shrouder of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Tobi Walker Plantz of Frisco, Texas, and Sarah Birmingham of De Queen; one son, Benji Davis of Horatio, Arkansas; four sisters, Christine Akins, Linda Bowden, Jennifer Bell, and Barbara Gaylord all of De Queen; two brothers, Billy Bell of De Queen and David Bell of El Centro, California; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephew, and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019, at Old Piney Cemetery with Ryan Bowden and grandson Garrett Shrouder officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilkerson Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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

Nicholas James Smith

Mr. Nicholas James Smith, age 86, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Texarkana.

He was born January 9, 1933, in Winthrop, Arkansas. Mr. Smith was a United States Air Force Veteran and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ. He  retired from the Arkansas Forestry Commission as a pilot.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruth Van Eman Smith; one sister, Betty Culp; and two brothers, Curtis Smith and David Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Patricia Griggs Smith; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheri Lynn and Will Roberts of Texarkana, Texas; one brother, Frederick Smith of Winthrop; one sister Martha June Markwalter of Texarkana; two grandsons, William Nicholas Roberts and Cory Lane Roberts and his wife Cady; one great granddaughter, Caroline Leigh Roberts; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the King Ryder Church of Christ near Crossroads, Arkansas with James McRae officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Mrs. Illene Snow

Mrs. Illene Friday Snow, age 84, a resident of Nashville, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at her home.

She was born to Elon Alphonso and Fannie Mae Cannon Friday in Lockesburg, Arkansas on May 12, 1934.  She was a 1952 graduate of Lockesburg High School, and married the love of her life, Edgar D. Snow in 1953.  She was a retired electronic technician for Nash Electronics, as well as a homemaker.  She loved her Lord and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, where she taught first grade Sunday School for over 20 years. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, cooking, and traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Illene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 55 years, Edgar; a great-grandchild, Madison May; and her siblings, Lucy Ross, Julia Rettmann, and Ron Friday.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy and Tim Johnson of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Lanie Snow of Nashville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Sarah Johnson of Texarkana,  Daniel and his wife, Falon Johnson of Horatio, and Steven and his wife, Elizabeth Johnson of Ashdown; seven great-grandchildren, Evan Soper of Texarkana,  Knox Johnson and Perry Johnson both of Horatio, Jack Johnson and J. D. Johnson both of Ashdown, Eden Johnson and Eli Johnson both of Texarkana, Texas; three sisters, Elverna Sykes, and Velma Owens both of Lockesburg, and Sharon Davis of Dierks, Arkansas; as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Illene Snow will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg with Bro. Jaron Tipton officiating.  Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.  Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M., until service time at the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Ouachita Regional Hospice, 602 De Queen Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953, or the Lockesburg Fire Department First Responders, P.O. Box 90, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

 

Bonnie Ruth Dodson Crow

Mrs. Bonnie Ruth Dodson Crow a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas formerly of the McHorse Community died Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born February 1, 1929, in Plainview, Texas. She was retired from Weyerhaeuser and a member of the Provo Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Crow was preceded in death by her parents, George Newt and Mary Ellen Strawn Dodson; her husband, “J.B.” Bruce Crow; one grandson, Chip Ward; one great grandson, Coleman Pearson; one granddaughter, Carol Ward; one daughter-in-law, Lillie Jean Crow; and one son-in-law, Wayne Ward.

She is survived by one daughter, Bonita Crow Ward of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Bruce and Jerry Crow of Ashdown, Clayton and Betty Crow of Lockesburg, and Wesley and Mica Crow of Ashdown; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crow will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in the McHorse Community with Jerrel Helms and Terry Helms officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday the 2nd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Coy Lee Lemons

Mr. Coy Lee Lemons, age 45, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Nashville.

He was born June 2, 1973, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a farmer and loved to fish and duck hunt.

Mr. Lemons was preceded in death by his father, Willie Fred Lemons and his grandparents, Coy and Ava Bailey and Liza and Willie B. Lemons.

He is survived by his mother, Christine Bailey Lemons of Nashville; two daughters, Jennifer Lemons of Centerpoint, Arkansas and Ashleigh Lemons of Nashville; two brothers and a sister-in-law, John Lemons of Centerpoint and Earl and Tana Lemons of Nashville; one sister and brother-in-law, DeAnn and Gary Simmons of Nashville; one grandson, Payton Lemons; and several nieces and nephew.

Funeral services for Mr. Lemons will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks, Arkansas with Brian Adair officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2nd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Betty Rosetta (Gorman) Knighten

Betty Rosetta (Gorman) Knighten, 79, of Foreman, Arkansas, joined our Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at her home.  Betty was born January 24, 1940, in Foreman, Arkansas.  She was an avid hunter, fisherwoman and loved the outdoors.  She loved to quilt, was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother.

Betty is proceeded in death by her husband, William A. “Little Bill” Knighten.  Father, Pete Gorman and mother Nora A. “Morgan” Gorman.  Four brothers James, Charles “Ebb”, Thomas “Bill”, and Ray Gorman.  Two sisters Lois Pettigrew Ferguson, and Hazel Cleghorn.  She is survived by four children and their spouses, Debra & James Barnes of Gillham, Marilyn Knighten of Foreman, Kay & Mike Johnson of Foreman, and Willie & Vickie Knighten of Foreman.  Five grandchildren, James Barnes of Nashville, Marnada & Adam Jones of Hot Springs, LaShanda & JonEric Head of Ozark, Kristen & James Davis of Ashdown, and Justin Johnson of Foreman.  Seven great granddaughters, Katie and Laken Barnes of Nashville, Haileigh Jones of Hot Springs, Heavenly, Chloe, Olivia and Madison Davis of Ashdown. One great grandson Nathaniel Jones of Hot Springs.   Numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home in DeQueen, AR on Friday 29 March.

Services will be held in the chapel at Wilkerson Funeral Home at 10am on 30 March.  Joyce Green officiating.  Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home at Gravelly Cemetery.

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

Lonnie R. Johnson

Mr. Lonnie Raye Johnson, age 52, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, March 15, 2019 in a Little Rock hospital.

He was born to Charles and Dorothy Dell Hopkins Johnson in De Queen, Arkansas on May 16, 1966.  He was a 1984 graduate of the De Queen High School and attended the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ. He was an artist and he cherished the time spent with his family.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, who raised him, Otis Powell; as well as, a step-brother, Otis Powell Jr., his grandmother, Minnie Hopkins and his aunt, Annie Maull, all of which loved him dearly.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steven and Kathleen Johnson of Horatio, and Dakota Johnson of  De Queen; a daughter, Knicole Dunn of Horatio; six grandchildren; four brothers, Charles Johnson, Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Justin Powell; two half-brothers, Jermial (J.J.) Johnson and James Boyles; two step-brothers, Cory Powell and David Phillips; one half-sister, Cynthia Bennett Bertram; five step-sisters, Gwendolyn Bell, Sandra Anderson, Naudi Powell, Viola Spencer, and Gabby Powell; five uncles, Frank Jordan and Eddie Johnson, Sr., and wife Francis, Tommy “Tony” Whitmore, all of De Queen, Jerry Lee Whitmore of Maumelle, and Stephen Leon Whitmore and his wife Elonda of Broken Bow; three aunts, Clara Wilburn of Kansas City, Missouri, April Bennett and Marie Whitmore, both of De Queen; two great-aunts, Agnes Gilmore and Willie Boyles and husband Jackie; and a great-uncle, LeRoy Nelson; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Lonnie Johnson will be held at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Bryan Marshall, Jr.

Mr. Boyd Bryan Marshall, Jr., age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Boyd Bryan Marshall, Sr., and Helen Lucille Holley Marshall on March 12, 1942 in Honey Grove, Texas. He worked for the Red River Army Depot and as a security guard for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Boston and was an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns. Most of all, Bryan cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Marie Marshall, in 2016; two step-sons, Kelly Cox and Rocky Simmons; and one sister, Dolores Ann Hillis.

He is survived by two sons, Tim Marshall and Dawson Cox; one brother, Earl Gene Marshall of New Boston; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bryan Marshall will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the South Chapel Pavilion in the Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, Wake Village, Texas with Rev. W. Lee Ligans officiating. Entombment will follow in the Cathedral Mausoleum of Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9956, in honor of Mr. Bryan Marshall.

Evalyn Josephine Barker Springs Burton

Mrs. Evalyn Josephine Barker Springs Burton, age 86, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 11, 1932 in Ashtola, Texas. She worked in data entry and accounts payable for Tyson Foods, was a member of Grannis Baptist Church for 49 years and enjoyed her family and friends and being outside and watching stars.

Mrs. Burton was preceded in death by her parents, Willis Goble and Mary Josephine Bennett Barker; her first husband, Teddy Clyde Springs; one sister, Doyce Mryne Swearington, her twin brother, Alvin “Bud” Barker; one grandson, Teddy Joe Springs, Jr.; and a step-son, Glen Burton.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Burton of Grannis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Tom Cutler of Edgewood, Texas and Lisa and Nolan Colbert of Little Elm, Texas; six step-sons, Teddy Joe Springs, Larry James Springs, Tommy Burton, Roger Burton, David Burton, and Shawn Burton; one step-daughter, Charlene Springs Leger; one sister, Lillie Tamplen; 11 grandchildren, Kimberly Babin, John Cutler, Jeffery Springs, Jennifer Gough, Jami Colbert, Benny Springs, Chris Springs, Michael Leger, Jerusha Leger, April Springs, and Jason Springs; and a number of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Burton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the Grannis Baptist Church with Bro. John Wisinger officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 29th at the funeral home.

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

Mrs. Senith Marie Daniel Riddick

Mrs. Senith Marie Daniel Riddick, age 97, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Friday, March 22, 2019 in Broken Bow.

She was born April 11, 1921 in Horatio, Arkansas.  She was a hairdresser and a Baptist.

Mrs. Riddick was preceded in death by her parents, Lando and Bertha Linhart Daniel; her husbands, Buer Lewis  and William G. Riddick; two brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by two sisters, Mildred Conatser of Horatio and Virginia Cooper of Shinewell, Oklahoma and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Riddick will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019  in the Clear Creek Cemetery with Bro. James McCain officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Paul Leslie Foster

Paul Leslie Foster, age 68, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 10, 1950, in Kaufman County, Texas. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and camping.

Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Leslie and Lucy Constance Bryant Foster.

He is survived by his spouse of 38 years, Tonya Lea Baker; one daughter, Melanie Rene Baker of Leonard, Texas; one son, Jason Bryan Douglas of Virginia; one sister, Constance Mamie Jane Johnson of Dallas, Texas; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Norma Lewis

Mrs. Norma Jean McElroy Lewis, age 83, a resident of the Oak Grove Community, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at her home.

She was born to the late Henry McElroy and Jessie Nelson on June 24, 1935 in Stamps, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Robert Lee Lewis, on September 26, 1959 in Nashville, Arkansas. She worked for Tyson Foods and was a Nurse’s Aide, having worked at the De Queen Regional Medical Center. Norma loved the Lord, was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Grove. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, sewing, quilting and shooting the breeze, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Lee Lewis, in 1965; three brothers, Gene Nelson, Harvey Nelson and Elvin Nelson; as well as, a sister and brother-in-law, Billie and Lawrence Candler.

She leaves to cherish her lasting memory, two sons, Reginald Lewis and special friend Sharon Johnson of Hope and James Lewis and wife Sherry of Prescott; three daughters, Glenda Wynn, Dorothy Scroggins, and Billie Newton and husband James, all of Lockesburg; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roy Nelson and wife Vera of Ashdown, Clevelon Nelson and wife Gwendolyn of Dallas, Texas and Charles Nelson and wife Patricia of Charleston, South Carolina; one sister-in-law, Helen Nelson of Dallas, Texas; special friends, Leon Alexander, LeeVell Polite, Jake Greenlee and Clenon Geiger, all of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Norma Lewis will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Oak Grove, with Rev. Ronald Goodloe officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, March 29th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chanderfuneral.com.

Mrs. Ollie Emmerich

Mrs. Ollie Cornish Emmerich, age 90, a resident of The Villages, Florida and former resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Florida.

She was one of nine children born to John Morgan and Lula Alma Willyard Cornish on October 25, 1928. She married the love of her life, Charles Dorron Emmerich, on February 25, 1950, and to this marriage, three children were born. Ollie loved the Lord and was a member of the First Assembly of God in Horatio. She enjoyed reading her Bible, crocheting, gardening and influencing lives for God’s Kingdom and Glory. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parent; her husband of over 67 years, Charles Dorron Emmerich, in 2017; her son, Charles Morgan Emmerich, also in 2017; one daughter, Sharron Paulette Emmerich, in 1952; one grandchild, Charlie Emmerich; two brothers, Ernest Cornish and Clarence Cornish; and five sisters, Jewel Blasingame, Love Lang, Lula (Toots) Lang, Letha Withed and Myrna Sue Rapert.

She is survived by one daughter, Charolette Angle and her husband Rick of The Villages, Florida; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Autumn Bryan, husband Ed and their son, Buck of Shongaloo, Louisiana, Dirk Angle, wife Sara and their children, Derek and Lyla of Sandy, Utah, Brett Angle, wife Betina and their children, Caleb, Tydus and Torrence of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Angelica Emmerich of Los Angeles, California, Myla Mendoza of Indianapolis, Indiana, Bryson Mendoza of Perryville, Missouri and Garett Emmerich of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; one sister Lela Riley of El Paso, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ollie Emmerich will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M., until service time, Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

James Franklin Chaney

James Franklin Chaney, age 60, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Monday, March 18, 2019, in Hot Springs.

He was born November 3, 1958, in Spokane, Washington. He was a taxi driver and a Baptist.

Mr. Chaney was preceded in death by his parents, James George and Dessie Vern Carter Chaney; and a great nephew, Steven Daniel Maish.

He is survived by his wife, Jerri Riddle Chaney of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa and Shawn Abney of Hot Springs; one granddaughter, Meagan Rose Abney; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Vance and Kathy and Danny Bivins all of Gillham, Arkansas; one niece, Nichole Maish of De Queen; two nephews, James Vance of Gillham and  Shane Vance of Horatio, Arkansas; one great nephew, Michael Maish; one great niece, Hannah Maish; and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial  visitation for Mr. Chaney will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

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

Mr. Guy Jegstrup

Mr. Victor Guy Jegstrup, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the Little River Nursing and Rehab, Ashdown.

He was born to Hans C. and Zena Ransom Jegstrup on May 20, 1947 in Provo. He drove a truck and worked for the B-Line company with 30 plus years service. He occasionally attended church at Old Time Gospel and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Jegstrup.

He is survived by one daughter, Kristian Marie Derby and husband Richard of New Haven, Connecticut; one brother and sister-in-law, William Floyd and Betty Jegstrup of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Joe Ed Jewel of Ashdown; a sister-in-law, Melba Jegstrup of Dallas, Texas, as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Old Time Gospel Church in Lockesburg with Terry Helms officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Wanda Faye Coburn Wilson

Wanda Faye Coburn Wilson of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, March 15, 2019, at Christus St. Michael’s in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 11, 1940 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas to Jack and Mary Coburn. She was the former owner of Wilson Real Estate, loved to walk and was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy E. Wilson; one grandson, Aaron Lee Garza and sister, Lily Mae Sherwood.

She is survived by her son, Roger L. Wilson of Ringgold, Georgia and daughter, Lyn Pettit of De Queen; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren and many friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wilson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Redmen Cemetery with Rev.
Josh Herweck officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Millie Grace Teal

Millee Grace Teal, infant daughter of Chad and Paula Lincoln Teal, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at Christus St. Michael in Texarkana.

She was born on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Millee is survived by her parents, Chad and Paula Teal of Haworth, OK; two brothers, Hunter Bryant of Haworth and Lukus Swafford of Bossier City, Louisiana; her grandparents, Bob and Sharon Lincoln of Haworth, Lynda Swafford of Ringgold, LA and Henry and Pam Teal of Ponce de Leon, Florida; her uncle and aunt, Jason and Michelle Lincoln of Haworth and a number of cousins and special great uncles and aunts.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Redmen Cemetery with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Betty Baber

Mrs. Betty Jo Baber, age 72, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born Elizabeth Jo Scott to the late Richard Augustine and Mildred Scott on September 30, 1946 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She was a graduate of the Pine Bluff High School and received her Bachelor of Education from Arkansas State University. She married the love of her life, Jerry Lee Baber, on February 6, 1971 in Pine Bluff. She taught elementary school for the White Hall, Pine Bluff and Lakeside School Districts. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen and was instrumental in the development of the First Baptist Church WEE Center. She enjoyed helping others and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 48 years, Jerry Baber of De Queen; one daughter, Leah Osburn of De Queen; three grandchildren, Steven Baber and Tiffany Wigley, both of De Queen, and Angelica Osburn Williams and husband Zach of California; one great-grandson, Maxton Baber of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 18, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, Umpire, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time, Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Belenda Kay Boatman Milam

Belenda Kay Boatman Milam from Winthrop, Arkansas died at her home Friday, March 15, 2019, with family and friends by her side.

She was born March 4, 1954, to Willie Mae Gilbert Byers and Omer Gene Boatman. Mama Kay was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana, and a loving friend to many. She was a homemaker, a member of the Little River Community Church, and retired from the Foreman school district.

Mrs. Milam was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Milam, Sr.; her mother and father; and sister, Sandra Elrod.

She is survived by her four children, Sarah (Tim) Mitchell of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Carmen (Cody) Dunn of Foreman, Arkansas, Elaine (Earl) Johnson of Winthrop, and Charles “Bubba” Milam of Winthrop; one brother, Larry Boatman of Kansas; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and family.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Milam will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019, in Pauley Cemetery with Wade White officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday the 17th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Little River Community Church, 2601 Hwy 41 N., Winthrop, Arkansas 71866.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Bro. Jack Donald Isham

Bro. Jack Donald Isham, age 90, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, March 11, 2019 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born to Charles Ezra and Jessie Lucretia Middleton Isham in Duncan, Oklahoma on April 28, 1928.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army.  He was an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Church of God with 50 years service.  He was also retired from Howard County as a heavy equipment operator.  He married the love of his life, Allie Emogene Rose Isham in Yell County, Arkansas on June 11, 1944, and she preceded him in death in January of 2018.

Besides his wife of over 74 years, he is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sanford Isham and Charles Isham, three sisters, Maxine Williams, Kay Ammons, and Betty Jo Isham, a son-in-law, Richard Winslow, and two grandchildren, Roger Sharp and Destiny Winslow.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Don and Barbara Isham of Waldron, Arkansas, and Joseph David and Joan Isham of Dierks, four daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn Jean and Junior Allen of Dierks, Tyjunah Winslow of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Jessie Ann and David White of Dierks and Jackie Lyons of Lockesburg; thirteen grandchildren, Dewayne Allen, Donny Allen, Michael Allen, Bruce Isham, Jennifer Galinato, Mark Isham, Keturah Blackburn, Ricky Winslow, Gene Clevenger, Tiffany Smith, Jonathan Isham,  Zeke Pennington, and Katelyn Proffit, 33 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, James Isham, Floyd and Fran Isham all of Waldron, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Emogene and Henry Stanley, and Paula Sue Lacroix all of Waldron, Arkansas.

Funeral Services for Bro. Jack Isham will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 15th in the Umpire Holiness Church, Umpire, Arkansas with Bro. Steve Green and Bro. Don Vaughn officiating.  Burial will follow in the Old Liberty Cemetery, Dierks, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be on Thursday, March 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Clifford Raymond Swindler

Mr. Clifford Raymond Swindler, age 83, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, formerly of Gillham, Arkansas died Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Mena Manor Nursing Home.

He was born August 27, 1935 in Dierks, Arkansas. He was a former owner of an upholstery shop.

Mr. Swindler was preceded in death by his parents, Richard “Bud” and Nora Ellen Boone Swindler; two sons, Danny Ray and Ricky Thomas Swindler; two daughters,  Lisa Swindler and Christine Lee and two grandsons, Ricky Don Grisby and Raymond Rightmire.

He is survived by six grandsons, Clifford and Nicky Swindler, Ricky Joe Wallace, Daniel and Richard Stover and Robert Rightmire and two granddaughters, Brandi Pelkie and Tori Fluke.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Swindler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Overturf Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Mark Lyles officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mrs. Olivia Watson

Ms. Olivia McFalls Watson, age 64, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, entered eternal rest early Saturday morning, March 9, 2019, in Kansas City.

She was born to Theodore R. and Wyola Simpson McFalls on January 21, 1955 at their home in the Oak Grove Community of Sevier County, Arkansas. She was a 1971 graduate of the Lockesburg High School, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1975 and later, her Master’s Degree in Accounting from the Avila University in Kansas City. She was member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. At a young age, she joined the New Zion Baptist Church in the Oak Grove Community and became a member of the St. James United Methodist Church after she moved to Kansas City. Olivia has lived at many places in her life, including Saudi Arabia, but she humbly called Kansas City home. While she worked various careers during her life, she spent the last 12 years working for the Internal Revenue Service, Agriculture Division. She enjoyed watching movies at home and solving crossword puzzles, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bonnie S. Barnett; and a brother, Billie C. McFalls, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Cara Thompson, Christyn Watson and Carmen Watson; two beautiful grandchildren, Najah Thompson and (little) DJ Thompson, both of whom affectionately called her “Boo Boo”.  She is also survived by one sister, Carolyn McFalls Reynolds and husband Benjamin; two brothers, Oliver B. McFalls and wife Funzia and Steve D. McFalls and wife Louise; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services were held in Kansas City on Thursday.

A public visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside Services will follow at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Gwendolyn Bray

Mrs. Gwendolyn Elise Jenkins Bray, age 61, a resident of Fouke, Arkansas passed from this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was the second of five children born to Jerry Bilbo and Marian Mildred Smith Jenkins on August 8, 1957 in Indianola, Mississippi. She worked in Food Service for the Fouke School District for 10 years and was a member of the Fouke First Assembly of God. She had been a member of the church for over 33 years and considered herself a founding member. She was involved with anything the church had going and enjoyed reading. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David Jenkins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 18 years, Charles Dillard Bray, III, of Fouke; one daughter, Elisha Yates and husband Joel of Fouke; two sons, Joshua Minchew and husband Pablo of Charleston, South Carolina and Jerry Minchew and wife Krystal of De Queen; step-sons, Charles Stanley Bray and wife Bettina of Nash, Texas and Brandon Lewis Bray and his wife Tina of Hope, Arkansas; 15 grandchildren; her siblings, Rudy Jenkins and wife Paulette of Genoa, Jerrie (Peanut) Brisendine and husband Ronnie of Plaquemine, Louisiana, Susie Donaldson and husband Floyd of Merrero, Louisiana and Deborah Crossland and husband Terry of Fouke; her sister of heart, Karen Chambless-Lynch and husband Jesse of New Boston; one sister-in-law, Margaret Jenkins of Texarkana, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the Fouke First Assembly of God with Pastors Jerry Minchew, Keith Barr and Ray Reynolds officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to the De Queen First Assembly of God, P.O. 146, De Queen, Arkansas 71832, for the purchase of Fire Bibles.

Mrs. Thelma Richmond

Mrs. Thelma Ruth Richmond, age 95, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in De Queen.

She was born to Ace Clinton and Alice Ray Smalley on February 22, 1924 in Tioga, Texas. She was a 1942 graduate of the De Queen High School and worked as a Beautician. She married the love of her life, James Robert Richmond, Jr., in 1945. She owned the De Queen Beauty Salon where she served her clients for over 59 years. Thelma loved the Lord, was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen and enjoyed animals, especially her cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in November of 1974, James Richmond, Jr., with whom she shared over 32 loving years; two brothers, Ace Oliver Smalley and A.C. Smalley, Jr.; and one sister, Francis Louise Goode.

She is survived by one sister, Wilma Ray Doucette of Roseville, California; four nephews, Jimmy Goode of Cabot, Joe Goode of Dalzell, South Carolina, Galen Smalley of Manteca, California and Dennis Doucette of Carmichael, California; seven nieces, Linda Nelson and Janet Azevedo, both of Stockton, California, Neva Ramos of Manteca, California, Terea Doucette of Citrus Heights, California, Kimberly Doucette of Roseville, California, Nicolle Henderson of Rocklin, California and Sherry Ruth Goode of Texarkana, Texas; special friends, the Gentry family: Dink, Delois, Bud and Jimmy Ray, all of De Queen; as well as,  other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services will be held at 4:00 P.M., Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Redmen Cemetery with Bro. Charles Krudwig officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Lester Eugene Foreman

Lester Eugene Foreman, age 73, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas passed away on  Friday, March 8, 2019 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born May 19, 1945 in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was a retired claims representative for Social Security, worked for Cadence Environmental in Foreman, and served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.

Mr. Foreman was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Noel and Jewell Horn Foreman; a brother, Walter Foreman; and a sister, Bessie Horn.

He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Foreman and David Litchford, and Carrie Foreman, all of Horatio, Arkansas; one son, Kevin Foreman of Arkinda, Arkansas; one sister, Faye Simer of Arkinda; 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Foreman will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 in the Blackland Cemetery in Foreman with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Phyllis Jeanette Phillips Kesterson

Phyllis Jeanette Phillips Kesterson, age 76, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Friday, March 8, 2019, at her home.

She was born June 7, 1942, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a cook for De Queen public schools for 40 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Kesterson was preceded in death by her parents, Laymond and Mary Barnes Phillips; a daughter, Sandy Kesterson; two grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Redd Kesterson of Lockesburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Rod Harder and Pat and Chuck Leathers all of Lockesburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Kristy Kesterson of Gillham, Arkansas; one brother, Gale Phillips of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister, Joyce Casey of Kentucky; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service for Mrs. Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019, at New Bethel Cemetery with Donnie Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Margaret Elaine McPhillips Tollett

Margaret Elaine McPhillips Tollett, age 70, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas gained her angel wings Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 15, 1948, in Port Arthur, Texas. Margaret loved the Lord and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in De Queen. She was a homemaker, enjoyed making flower arrangements, estate sales, fishing, and being with her family.

Mrs. Tollett was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Orville Pickens McPhillips of Port Arthur and her husband, Joe Franklin Tollett.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jess and Ashley Tollett of De Queen, Arkansas and Adam Tollett of Horatio, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Tollett of Camden, Arkansas, Erika Tollett, Kaytlynn and her husband Valente Olalde, and Zoey Tollett all of De Queen; one great grandson, Tobias Olalde; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jess and Dolly McPhillips and Larry and Ileana McPhillips all of Port Arthur; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Tollett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Grace Baptist Church with Tim Johnson officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers, all love gifts received will be given to B.E.A.M.S. to purchase Bibles for missionaries. Please send to Grace Baptist Church 487 Hwy. 71 N. De Queen, Arkansas 71832 and the love gift amount will be forwarded.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Justin Watkins

Justin from Wickes, Arkansas born on November 8, 1980 in DeQueen, Arkansas left this life at 38 years old on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Justin was surrounded by love ones and Christian music for his transition to one of Gods mountains in Heaven.
Justin bravely battled with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained seven years ago when he was struck by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver while in a crosswalk.

Left to treasure his memory are Mother: Cathy (Don) Talley of Wickes, Arkansas; Father: W.C. (Gail) Watkins, Jr. of Wickes, Arkansas. Brothers: Joe (Lista) Watkins of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Gerald (Heather) Watkins of Wickes, Arkansas. Step sisters: Kari ( Pete) Winters of Farmington, Arkansas. Kristin (Sohn) Morris of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; Grandparents: Joseph and Joan Compagna of Wickes, Arkansas; Uncles: David (Cheryl) Compagna of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Ken (Dee) Compagna of Wickes, Arkansas, Aunts: Carol Petross, Elizabeth (Don) Richardson and Charlotte Hartley all of Wickes, Arkansas

He cherished his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He never failed to pick on them.

He was preceded in death by Grandparents Paul Joseph, Lerntine Compagne, W.C. Watkins, Sr. Christine Watkins, James Smalley, Mary Millaway, David and Mary Talley, and an Aunt June Weishmer.
Justin was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
A Private Memorial service will be at a later date.

Nina J. Alexander Bailey

Nina J. Alexander Bailey, age 45, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at her home.

She was born February 5, 1974, in Antlers, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her parents, Roger Alexander and Mildred Jean Bayles Bailey; one brother, Frankie Lee Allen; and her father-in-law, Junior Bailey.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Bailey; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dustin and Leah Bailey and Cody and Rebecca Bailey of De Queen; her step father, Bud Bailey also of De Queen; three sisters, Elive Scott of Durant, Oklahoma, Bessie and husband Johnny Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas, and Nora Hill of Oregon; two brothers, Charles Bailey and Eddie and his wife Maria Bailey all of Oregon; her adopted daughter, Savannah Bailey; her mother-in-law, Frances Bailey; four grandchildren, Dayten Wayne Bailey, Jeramiah Bailey, Keith Bailey, Tommy Bailey, and grandchild on the way, Timothy Bailey; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Peggy Ann Wilson Tollett

Peggy Ann Wilson Tollett, age 66, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born October 25, 1952, in Dierks. She was retired from Weyerhaeuser.

Mrs. Tollett was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Earl and Imagene Priddy Wilson; her husband, Alton Lavoye Tollett; one brother, Tommy Wilson; and one sister, Robbie Lynn Wilson.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Dianne Tollett of Prescott, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Larry Buazard of Athens, Arkansas; three sisters, Cafey McCauley of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jackie Wilson of Nashville, Arkansas, and Niki Null of Nashville; her step mother, Jean Wilson of Nashville; four grandchildren Chance Tollett and fiancé Jessie of Prescott, Tony Tollett of Prescott, Robert Nathaniel Buazard of Athens, and Shelby Lynn Buazard also of Athens; and two great grandchildren, Axel and McKenzie.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tollett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Bissell Chapel Cemetery with Billy Joe Christopher officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday the 7th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Rhonda Burt

Mrs. Rhonda Ann Burt, age 64, a resident of Lockesburg, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at her home.

She was born to Donald Charlie and Darlene Hankey Campbell on April 15, 1954 in Sherman, Texas. She married the love of her life, Dennis Lloyd Burt on December 16, 1973 in De Queen. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing and playing on her tablet, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Charlie Campbell; her husband, Dennis Burt; two sons, Gary Dale Warford and Michael Lloyd Burt; one sister, Vickie Halladay; grandparents, Louie and Annie Hankey and Charlie and Hattie Campbell; and her brother-in-law, Dennis Wright.

She is survived by one daughter, Christie Ann Maleski of Lockesburg; eight grandchildren, Brandon McCuller, Kyle Curtis, Brittney McCuller, Desirae Warford, Brahanna Yount, Kaylee Curtis, Bradlee McCuller and Cecelia Maleski; two great-grandchildren, Kayden Curtis and Brenten Markham; her mother, Darlene Hankey Campbell Williamson and her husband James of Texarkana; three sisters, Linda Duncan and her husband Robert of Hooks, Texas, Donna Kay Wright of Murfreesboro and Becky Loden and her husband David of Athens, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Rhonda Burt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alfred Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, March 7th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Joe Bruce Baker, Sr.

Joe Bruce Baker, Sr., age 78, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born August 28, 1940, in Winthrop, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army, attended Foreman First Baptist Church, and was a truck driver.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn and Mary Mize Baker; his wife, Gloria Jean Baker; one son, Joe Bruce Baker, Jr.; and one brother, Jimmy Baker.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Tanya Baker of Wright City, Oklahoma, James and Tammy Baker of Winthrop and Shane and Angie Baker of Hooks, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Doodle Knighten of Winthrop; one sister, Margie Ward of Ogden, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Anita Baker of Foreman, Arkansas; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the Foreman First Baptist Church with Trent Liggin officiating.

 

Benny Aubrey Graves

Benny Aubrey Graves left his earthly body for his Heavenly home on March 4, 2019. He was born August 9, 1938, at the old home place to Aubrey Fletcher Graves and Henrietta Avis Latimer Graves who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Blane Graves and Jimmie Anne Graves of Texarkana; his grandchildren, Anna and Nicholas Graves of Texarkana; two sisters, Betty Williams of Lockesburg and and Mary Ann Mayo of Petrolia, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sondra Graves of Lockesburg; several nieces and nephews; and his constant companion, Bridget.

Benny was retired from GTE and a veteran of the Korean War. Benny loved talking about his grandkids, hunting, fishing, and sitting on the front porch.

Graveside services will be at Belleville Cemetery at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2019, with Bro. Don Jones officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Susan Wheeler

Mrs. Susan Elaine Schooler Wheeler, age 64, a resident of Wilton, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas, surrounded by her family.

She was born to J. L. and Donnalita Love Schooler on August 28, 1954 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Education from Texas Tech and later revived her Bachelor of Music. She taught for the Whiteface School District and was a substitute for local school districts after her retirement. She married the love of her life, Randy Mac Wheeler in November of 1996 in Morton, Texas. Susan loved the Lord and was an involved member of the First Baptist Church in Wilton. She served as the church pianist, VBS director and worked diligently with Operation Christmas Child. She was a Master Gardener, loved sharing about her flowers and loved the Gaither Vocal Band. She enjoyed playing and teacher her students the art of piano, knitting, crocheting, and her special cat, Boo Bear, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her granddaughters and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of over 22 years, Randy Wheeler.

She is survived by one daughter, Brandi Patterson and her spouse Maggie of Lubbock, Texas; two granddaughters, Grace Elisabeth and Summer Joy Patterson, both of Lubbock; her twin brother, Timothy Wayne Schooler and his wife Della of Lubbock; two sisters, Treva Ellis and husband Bob of Amarillo, Texas and Cathy Brookshire and husband Tony of Wichita Falls; nieces and nephew, John Schooler and wife Alyssa, Katie Clark and husband Preston, Kristi Ogle and husband Dave, Steven Ellis, Scott Brookshire and wife Robyn, Amber Leonard and husband Cory, T. J. Brookshire and wife Ashley and Mandy Riley and husband Jason; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the First Baptist Church in Wilton with Bro. Chris Clayton officiating. Burial will be private, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from Noon until service time, Thursday, at the church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Clydean Jackson

Mrs. Clydean Ova Smith Jackson, age 98, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 25, 2019 at her home.

She was born to Maynard Milton and Berta Elizabeth Wright Smith on February 8, 1921 in Athens, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Education from the West Texas State University and her Master of Education from Henderson State University in 1963. She married the love of her life, Joseph Ray “Bob” Jackson on June 6, 1936 in Dierks. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the Methodist Church in De Queen. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of a quilting club, writing children’s stories and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 63 years, Bob Jackson; one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Jackson Higgins; her son-in-law, Kurt Naumann; and her siblings, Norma Ruth Kitchens and Maynard Dexter Smith.

She is survived by one son, Gene Kitzel Jackson and wife Sharla of Amarillo, Texas; one daughter, Billie June Jackson Naumann of De Queen; two grandchildren, Kurt Joseph Naumann and his wife Rhonda of Bryant and Kathleen DeAnne Higgins of De Queen; two great-grandchildren, Lana and Laura Naumann, both of Bryant; four sisters, Verba Lee Birge of De Queen, Mona Jean Simmons and husband Norman of Little Rock and Marian Allen Bailey of Springdale; one brother, Hal Jackson Smith and wife Delores of Kelso, Washington; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Clydean Jackson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will be private, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be general on Friday, March 1st, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Michelle Lee Whitmire

Ms. Michelle Lee Coppock Whitmire, age 48, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas passed from this life on Monday, February 25, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Kathy Louise Coppock and David Shurley on March 23, 1970 in Chillicothe, Ohio. She was a 1988 graduate of the Mena High School, was a former member of the Gillham and Grannis Fire Departments, was of the Pentecostal Faith and was a member of the Wickes Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed babysitting, fishing, camping, kayaking and caring for others, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mary Louis and Charles Coppock; paternal grandparents, Jack and Kitty Cottrill, Minnie Jolly and John Shurley; her father Larry Cottrill; aunt, DeeDee Stice; niece, Kodi Leah Wheeler; and a nephew, Danny Lee Butler.

Michelle leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Whitney Higgins and husband Kelly of De Queen, Darrell Whitmire and wife Amber of Michigan, Gavin Whitmire and wife Jazzmyn of Wickes, Tommie Whitmire and Kaden Whitmire, both of Wickes; ten grandchildren, Madison, Chason, Addison, Mason, Lucus, Jacob, Chris, Azalea, Lhiam and Lennox; as well as, three soon-to-be grandchildren. Her parents, Kathy Denton and husband Henry of Grannis, and Dave Shurley and wife Georgiana of Georgia; four sisters, Patti Wheeler and husband Bruce of Wickes, Teri Butler and husband Danny of Watson, Oklahoma, April Lambert and husband Jon of Lufkin, Texas, and Krishonda Denton of Gillham; one brother, Zachary Denton and wife Kayla of Gillham; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Michelle Whitmire will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Wickes Pentecostal Church with Bro. Chris Burke officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, March 1st, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. David Taylor

Mr. David Wayne Taylor, age 60, a resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Monday, February 25, 2019 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was one of nine children born to Murl Edward and Maxine Savannah Miller Taylor on February 4, 1959 in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Marilyn Lonnette Pressley on March 10, 1978 in New Boston, Texas and to this marriage, two sons were born. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio. He was a story teller and could make you believe anything. He enjoyed pestering his loved ones and cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert, Bill and Ray Taylor.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 40 years, Lonnette Taylor of Horatio; two sons, David DeWayne Taylor and his wife Amanda and Dustin Wayne Taylor and his wife Samantha, all of Horatio; three grandchildren, Jacob, Sam and Savannah Taylor, all of Horatio; his siblings, Martha Bush and her husband Alan of Gillham, Ed Taylor of De Queen, Shirley Crum of De Queen, Betty Ruiz of De Queen and Judy Witt and her husband Terry of Brock, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. David Taylor will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 28, 2019 in the Williamson Community Church in Horatio with Bro. Jimmy Roden 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., Wednesday, February 27th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Dr. Cheryl Lynn Vogan

Dr. Cheryl Lynn Vogan, age 64, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 23, 2019, at her residence in Texarkana.

Dr. Vogan was born December 14, 1954, in Canada. She was a Family Practice Physician, specializing in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and a member of First Baptist Church, De Queen.

Survivors include her husband, Eric Vogan of Texarkana; one daughter, Mackenzie Vogan of Texarkana; two sons, Kyte Vogan of De Queen and Derek Van Voast of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four sisters, Shelly Coggins, Lois Knutsen, Lori Bocking and Patti Ziola, all of Canada; along with many other relatives.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home.

 

Vernon Arivett

Vernon Arivett, age 82, of Athens, passed away Friday, February 22, 2019.

He was born on December 27, 1936, at Langley, the son of Lawrence Arivett and Mary Rachel Lawless Arivett.  On March 22, 1956, he was married to Shirley Howard Arivett who preceded him in death on January 19, 2007.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; his grandchild, Rosie Collins; and three sisters, Dulene Cowart, Verniece Burgess and Glennie Hunter.

Vernon was a member of Bissell Chapel and retired from Weyerhaeuser.  He enjoyed working with his cattle, reading his Bible and being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cherrie Arivett of Athens and Timmy and Charlotte Arivett of DeQueen; three daughters and one son-in-law, Yvonne and Royce Pate, Renee Arivett, and Patricia Arivett, all of Athens; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Winnon Arivett of Dover, Leroy Arivett and Hoyt Arivett, both of Langley; three sisters, Thelma Phillips of Athens, Dorothea House of Dierks and Jeanette Magar of Hot Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with Bro. Don Vaughn and Bro. Joe Isham officiating.

Visitation will be Monday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Athens Cemetery.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

Rosa Lee Blanton Barbre

Rosa Lee Blanton Barbre, age 81, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, February 22, 2019, in Dierks.

She was born September, 28, 1937, in Wickes, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Barbre was preceded in death by her parents, David Ransom and Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Blanton; her husband, Oscar Edward Barbre; and two sons, Steve Barbre and Larry Barbre.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sharon White, Linda and Billy Joe Christopher, and Rose and Tony Tollett; two sons and three daughters-in-law, David and Marvella Barbre, Billy and Brenda Barbre, and Sheila Barbre; 21 grandkids; 31 great grandkids; and 3 great-great grandkids.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Barbre will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 25, 2019, in the Fellowship Cemetery with Bro. Scott Vaughn officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday the 24th at the Chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Margaret Helen Chandler Mounts

Margaret Helen Chandler Mounts, age 89, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, February 21, 2019, in Dierks.

She was born September 28, 1929, in Longview, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Mounts was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruby Hawthorn Chandler; her husband, Roy Othel Mounts; one brother, D.M. Chandler; and four sisters, Charllote Chandler, Jean Greene, Jackie Blake, and Francis Pandza.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Joyous Mounts of Murfreesboro, Arkansas and Randy and Rosemary Mounts of Little Rock, Arkansas; her daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Burl Krantz of Umpire; seven grandchildren, Andrea Oswalt, Amy Bailey, Tim Mounts, Brian Mounts, Denise Stuard, Jason Mounts, and Alison Waggnor; 16 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; two brothers, J.B. Chandler and Dwight Chandler; and two sisters, Sue Chandler and Louise Blake.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mounts will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with James McRae and Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in Burg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday the 22nd at the chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ronda McDaniel

Mrs. Ronda Gail McDaniel, age 47, a resident of Ozan, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Baptist Health Medical Center of North Little Rock.

She was born on December 27, 1971 in De Queen, Arkansas to the late Jackie Rightmire and Ruby Pauline Plunk. She married Christopher Leroy McDaniel, Jr., on April 19, 2018 in Nashville. She was a Baptist and enjoyed Facebook, fishing, listening to Country music and planning family gatherings, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandfathers, Roy Plunk and Luke Pettigrew.

She is survived by her husband, Chris McDaniel of Ozan; three daughters, Candie Davis of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ruby Queen and her wife Stephanie of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Elizabeth Webb and her husband Charles of Mena, Arkansas; one son, Ralph Abraham Woody, Jr. of Ozan; five grandchildren, Jessie Wyatt James, Khloe Hooper, Daphney Davis, Liberty Webb and Justice Webb; two sisters, Melissa Burleson of Horatio and Terri Gillespie of Tennessee; two brothers, Chris Rightmire and his wife Carrie of De Queen and Timothy Rightmire of Hatton; her grandmother Mary Pettigrew of Horatio; the father of her children, Abe Woody of Ozan; a close cousin Leann Smith of Idabel, Oklahoma; as well as, a special niece, Larisa Hooper; a number of aunts, uncles, other nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Ronda McDaniel will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio with Bro. John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 27th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chanderfuneral.com.

Betty Jo Beckwith

Betty Jo Beckwith, 77, of Benton passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was born August 27, 1941 in DeQueen, AR to the late Dave and Dixie Kerr. Betty Jo was retired from the Bauxite School District where she did accounting for the Office of the Superintendent. She was a member of the West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.

Betty Jo was a model of Christian faith and virtue. She was loved in her family, church, community and workplace.

Betty Jo was preceded in death by husbands, James Henry Russell, and Harold E. Beckwith, her sister, Frances Smith, and her granddaughter, Erica Nicole Russell, brothers-in-law Ronnie Beckwith, Josh Chapman, and Abe Von Hatten, and sister-in-law Nona Faye Garibay.

Survivors include three sons, James David Russell and his wife Mary, Kelly Joe Russell and his wife Shauna, and Shawn D. Beckwith and his wife Tonya; sister, Sue Acklen and husband James of Broken Bow; sisters-in-law Betty Chapman of Benton, Lamona Sue Von Hatten of Alvarado, TX, and Janet Beckwith-Sebourn and Husband Randy of Sheridan; brother-in-law Kenneth Beckwith and wife Lil of Bryant; grandchildren Robert Russell and wife Brooke, Kolbe and Sydnee Russell, and Lilee and Dylan Beckwith, and great grandchildren Phoenix, Ridge, and Georgia Russell.

Funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Melvin Burris and Bro. Kim Hammer officiating. A second service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in DeQueen, AR with Bro. Melvin Burris officiating, and internment service will follow immediately after at Valley Cemetery in Gillham, AR.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home (501)315-0700 6700 Alcoa Rd in Benton.

The family would like to extend it’s profound gratitude to Debbie Chapman Elder, niece and honorary daughter, the nurses of Saline Memorial Hospice House, Bro Kim Hammer and Sue Webb for their compassion and support throughout Betty Jo’s illness.

Mr. Jerry Crawford

Mr. Warren Jerry Crawford, age 73, a resident of Horatio, died Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

He was born to Truman Grace and Arlie Ina Murry Crawford on September 12, 1945 in Redlands, California. He and his family relocated to the Sevier County area in 1978. He was a member of the Meriloma Missionary Baptist Church in Riverside, California and enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball. Jerry was an avid fan of Los Angeles Dodgers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eliouse McCarther.

He is survived by one son, Michael Crawford of Riverside, California; three brothers, Leon Crawford and his wife Mary of Winthrop, Steven Crawford of Winthrop and Glen Crawford and his wife Daytona of Belton, Texas; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jerry Crawford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 19th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Frank Edward Halter

Frank Edward Halter, Sr., age 83, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Thursday, February 14, 2019, at his home.

He was born August 3, 1935, in the Geneva Community. He served in the Army National Guard for six years, worked in the poultry industry for 54 years, and attended Old Center Church in Horatio.

Mr. Halter was preceded in death by his parents, Polly and Laura Miller Halter    and two brothers, Henry Halter and Gene Halter all of De Queen, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Henri Ann Lipsey Halter; one daughter and son-in-law, Holly and DeWayne Pettigrew of Horatio; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Patti Halter of Horatio and Rick and Melody Halter of Springdale, Arkansas; ten grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Becky Pettigrew, Andrew Pettigrew, Trey Halter, Ashley and Joey Jackson, Brandi and Daniel Kirkland, Cole Halter, Emily and Austin Turner, Amy and Conner Brackhahn, Katy Halter, and Savannah Halter; nine great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Sandy Halter and Ronny and Shelia Halter of De Queen; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty Murry of De Queen, Rosene and Gary Lochmiller of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Bobbie and Daryl Hotard of Farmerville, Louisiana.

Funeral services for Mr. Halter will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with John Lindsey, Sam Hendricks, and Rick Halter officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery in Horatio.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday the 16th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Sarah Pairlee Burnes Johnson

Sarah Pairlee Burnes Johnson, age 74, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 11, 1944, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was retired and a member of the First Baptist Church of Wilton.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Raymond and Onnie May Martin Burnes; her husband, David Saul Johnson; one sister, Julia May McGuire; and one brother, Elbert Dayton Burnes.

She is survived by one sister, Minnie Bradshaw of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, James Robert Burnes of Nashville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Audra Zacarias, Arlene Carr, Aaron Augustus, and Austin Augustus; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Johnson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Old Union Cemetery in Lockesburg, Arkansas with Mr. Matt Fisk officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Crow

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Crow, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed from this life and went to her heavenly home Monday, February 11, 2019, at her residence.

She was born December 1, 1933, in Falls Chapel, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended Old Time Gospel Church. Mrs. Crow enjoyed quilting, refunding, gardening, crocheting, working puzzles and gospel singings.

Mrs. Crow was preceded in death by a newborn daughter, Amy Elizabeth; her parents, Otis Lee and Mary Etta Brooks Carver; three brothers, John Brooks Carver, Raymond Carver, and Ed Carver; two sisters, Mary Lucy Carver and Ida Faye Van.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Crow; one son and daughter-in-law, Rudy and Linda Hatridge; three daughters and  a son-in-law, Rhonda and Perry Small, Robyn Hatridge, and LaBetha Leeper; a step daughter, Sheila Marts; two sisters, Sarah Smart and Laura Jones; and two brothers, Hugh Carver and Tommy Carver; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crow will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019, in the Falls Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church with  Jerrel Helms and Ann Holley officiating. Burial will follow in the Falls Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. before the service.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Ronald Alan Long

Ronald Alan Long, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, February 10, 2019, at his home.

He was born December 17, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser.

Mr. Long was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Alexander and Lana Joaquin Ray Long; one son, Chance Long; and his former wife, Sheila Linville.

He is survived by two daughters, Melody Gray of Little Rock, Arkansas and Paige and husband Laurence Shields of Houston, Texas; one sister, Kay Emerson of Taylor, Arkansas; two grandsons, Speed Alan Shields and Rhett Gray; one granddaughter, Caroline Gray; one niece, Suzanne Ivey; one nephew, Bart Emerson; and his caregiver and special friend, Francis Vega.

Funeral services for Mr. Long will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Cheryl Nelson and Timothy Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday the 12th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Ila Lavelle Artre Hill

Ila Lavelle Artre Hill, age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Dierks.

She was born August 16, 1934 in Dierks. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks and enjoyed fishing.

Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, James and Artie Mae Adair Artre; her husband, Dillard Dean Hill; a daughter, Sandra D. Hill Simmons; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Gary Bobo of Dierks, Cathy and Bruce Francis of Murfreesboro, Arkansas and Jeanne and Glenn Davis of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Madonna Hill of Dierks; one sister, Jo Dean Thames of Shreveport, Louisiana; 12 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hill will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé and Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow in the Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 12th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

James Deane Gage

James Deane Gage, age 56, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Thursday, February 7, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born September 3, 1962, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a Railroad Track Analyst for Holland.

Mr. Gage was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold L. Higgins; one brother, Walter Stanley Jewell; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bessie and Tom Overbey.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca Matheny Gage; his parents, Walter and Delena Higgins Jewell; one brother, Stacey Jewell all of Gillham; one sister, Carla Helland of Elma, Washington; his grandmother, Alpha Murl Higgins; two step children, Dennis T. Burton and Melody Burton Storey; four grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Barnes, Tucker Austin Burton, Charles Blake Barnes, and John Bentley Burton; one great grandchild, Nash Cooper Barnes; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Gage will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Ryan Higgins officiating.

Family will receive friends from noon until service time at the chapel.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Rachel Rada-Mae Norman

Rachel Rada-Mae Norman age 19 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Umpire, Arkansas.

Rachel was born on December 22, 1999 in Texarkana, Texas to Tim Norman and Krystel Merworth Norman. Rachel was a student at Rich Mountain School of Cosmetology and also worked at the Chopping Block Restaurant in Mena. She was a very outgoing young lady who enjoyed spending time with friends, singing, shopping and listening to music. Rachel was a cheerleader at Cossatot River High School and was also a talented public speaker, winning awards in FCCLA for her exceptional speaking skills. Rachel was a member of the Wickes Church of Nazarene Teen group helping with Vacation Bible School and other church projects.

Most of all she loved to laugh and make people laugh. She was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by:  Parents: Tim and Krystel Norman of Wickes, Arkansas; Paternal
Grandparent: Martha Norman; Paternal great-grandparent: Mary Norman; Brothers: Jonathan Davidson and wife Rose of Conway, Arkansas; Nick Reves of Wickes, Arkansas
Vince Norman and wife Jenny of Franklinton, Louisiana; Sister: Ashley Ruthardt and husband Deagan of Magnolia, Arkansas; Niece: Brynley Ruthardt of Magnolia, Arkansas; Niece on the way: McKenna Norman “Fruit of the Womb”; Very special friends: Kim Gonzalez of Wickes, Arkansas and Mya Gillaspy of Wickes, Arkansas; A host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by grandparents and great grandparents, Rocky Norman, Alton Norman, Avo Hubbard, Sam Hubbard, Glen Merworth, Hildred Gray, Hawley Merworth, Rada Merworth, John Briggs and Pearlie Mae Briggs, and her aunt Amanda Merworth.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Wickes Elementary Auditorium in Wickes with Pastor B.J. Jenkins and Brother Thomas Jenkins officiating. under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Interment will follow in the Mineral Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas .

Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.Pallbearers will be Bryle Fatheree, Clyde Fatheree, Adam Shores, Alex Jenkins, Austin Lyle, Bailey Wise, Ethan Griffin, and Jonathon Rye.

Dixie Lee Seastrunk Tong

Dixie Lee Seastrunk Tong, age 93, a resident of Alleene, Arkansas died Saturday, February 2, 2019,  at her home.

She was born May 14, 1925, in Alleene.

Mrs. Tong was preceded in death by her husband, William Leonard Tong.

She is survived by one son Gary Lynn Tong and wife, Nancy; grandsons, William Richard Tong and Paul Dwight Tong and wife, Tara; great grandchildren, Noelle, Te’a and Elijah; sisters, Mildred Kanakis and Verna Roberson of Alleene and Lucy Fields Welch of Wilton; brother, Demp Seastrunk of Garland, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no service per her request. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Henry Lee Harrison, Jr.

Henry Lee Harrison, Jr, age 64, a resident of Sherwood, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born October 16, 1954 in Commerce, Texas to the late Henry Lee and Mary Cordelia Kent Harrison.

He is survived by his wife, Greta Dodson Harrison of Sherwood; his children, Jason Harrison of Dallas, Texas and Meri Harrison Caldwell and spouse, Nathan Caldwell of Greenbrier, Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Cookie Nicholas of Kaufman, Texas; a brother, Ted Bates of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and three grandchildren, Baylee Rae Caldwell, 9, Emmersyn Cate Caldwell, 7, and Asher Lee Harrison, 3.

Memorial services for Mr. Henry Lee Harrison, Jr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Wayne McCarrell

Mr. Elbert Wayne McCarrell, age 84, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born to J. C. and Veree Clark McCarrell in Stanford, Texas, on April 12, 1934.  He began his work in the marine business at the age of 14, alongside his father. Wayne and J.C. operated Mack and Son Marine in Arlington, Texas. Later, Wayne and his wife Norma Jo owned and operated L. J. Marine in De Queen. He served in the Air National Guard and was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.  He was a member of the NRA, the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, was a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed flying, fishing and working, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Norma Jo Moore McCarrell of De Queen, one daughter and son-in-law, Cindy Lee Frachiseur and Morgan of De Queen; two grandchildren and their spouses, Alan and Christy Lee of Gillham, and Megan and Ronnie Smith of De Queen; three great-grandchildren, Kix Wayne Lee, R.J. Smith, and Bristol Rae Lee; a sister and brother-in-law, Delouris and Jack Wages of Arlington, Texas; and a number of  nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Wayne McCarrell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The family request that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.

 

John David Youngblood

John David Youngblood, age 72, a resident of Hatton, Arkansas died Friday, February 1, 2019, in Wickes.

He was born February 17, 1946, to the late John Sevier and Eloise Garner Youngblood in Houston, Texas.  John David was a member of the Hatton Baptist Church.

John David was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by two sisters, Charlene Vaughn and her husband, Caroll of Glenwood, Arkansas; Pauline Vaughn and her husband, Huey of Glenwood; and one brother, Don Youngblood and wife Margie of Wickes; four nephews, Chris, Timothy and Jason Vaughn and Jerry Youngblood; two nieces, Sheri Deaton and Jonida Dervishi.

Funeral services for Mr. John David Youngblood will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Hatton Baptist Church in Hatton, Arkansas with Micah Deaton officiating. Burial will follow in the Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mary Louise Blackwood

Mary Louise Blackwood, age 88, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, January 31, 2019, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born May 9, 1930, in Liberty, Texas. She attended Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church and was a former clerk at Cannon Dry Goods.

Mrs. Blackwood was preceded in death by her parents, H.A. “Shorty” and Nina Kesterson Cannon; two husbands, Gerald Turner and Bruce Blackwood; two brothers, Herman “Josh” Cannon and Billy Cannon; and one sister, Euna Faye Ausum.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Ronnie Montgomery of De Queen, Arkansas and Sondra and Jack Spencer of Simms, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Michelle Turner of New Hope, Arkansas; one brother, Wesley Cannon of Fayetteville, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Blackwood will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019, at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday the 3rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Jessie Mae Powell Winfield

Jessie Mae Powell Winfield age 91, of De Queen formerly of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 in De Queen, Arkansas.

Jessie was born on March 21, 1927 in Foss, Oklahoma to the late Arlie Franklin Powell and the late Leola Towery Powell.  She married the love her life Harold Othell Winfield on December 24, 1942. During the war she welded on big ships. Jessie worked for Renova Shirt factory for 15 years and then as cashier for Alltel until her retirement. Jessie also worked on various jobs including raising cattle and chickens as well as being a talented seamstress. She was very well known for her exceptional cooking and baking skills.  She was a member of the Wickes Nazarene Church where she served as treasurer, board member and taught Sunday School for many years.

In 1994, Mrs. Jessie won second place in Regional Spelling Bee contest for Seniors and went on in 1996 to win third place in the State Senior Spelling Bee.

Above all she loved God and her family and was proud of them. She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by: Daughters: Nita Sue Sullivan and husband Byron of De Queen, Arkansas, Janie Alesa Howard of Mena, Arkansas, Sandy Sullivan and husband Billy of De Queen, Arkansas, Jessie Elizabeth “Beth” Adcock and husband Pat of Hot Springs, AR; Grandchildren: Gary Sullivan, Randy Sullivan, Harold Loyd, Lori Brotherton, Cathy Smith, Brent Gentry, Casey Morris, Mandy Smith, April Wurtz, Jared Adcock, Brandy Risner, Lacy Youngblood, Ty Sullivan, John Sullivan, Drew Adcock and Elijah Sullivan; Sister: Mildred Holmes of Maysville, Oklahoma; Brother and sister-in-law: Jay and Bennie Winfield of Jacksonville, Florida; 27 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Othell Winfield, her siblings J. C. Powell, Troy Powell, Jerry Powell, Margie Pennington, Pat Walthall, her sisters-in-law Joy Powell, Lonnie Walthall and Eulas Peters.

Funeral service will be Monday, February 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wickes Church of the Nazarene with Reverend David Baker, Reverend B.J. Jenkins and Reverend Leon McCleskey officiating.  Interment will follow in the Crystal Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Family and friends visitation will be Sunday, February 3, 2019 6-8 at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Ty Sullivan, John Sullivan, Elijah Sullivan, Harold Loyd, Jeff Brotherton, Craig Wurtz, Jack Smith and Larry Pennington.  Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Gentry, Jason Risner, Leon Loyd, Gary Winfield and Jared Loyd.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Encompass Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for their mother.

Benjamin Franklin Branson, Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Branson, Jr., age 94, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Thursday, January 31, 2019, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born October 29, 1924, in Gillham.  He was a WWII United States Army Veteran, a cattle rancher, and was a Christian.

Mr. Branson was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Franklin and Nancy Ann Davis Branson; four siblings, Alma Branson, Iva Branson, Carl Branson, and Billy Branson; two nieces, Marilyn Joyce Ferguson, and Mona Lee Shelton; and three nephews, Branie Branson, Benny Jo Branson, and William Benjamin Branson.

He is survived by six nieces, Roseann Paslo, Nancy McCoy, Billie Ann Benton Boca, Alma Gene Huthmacher, Beth Walling Branson, and Billie Jeanette Lemke and four nephews, Carl Anthony Branson, Terrance Girard Branson, Mike Branson, and James Stephen Branson.

Funeral services for Mr. Branson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Bobby Smith

Mr. Bobby Joe Smith, age 20, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 27, 2019, from injuries received in an automobile accident south of Lockesburg.

He was born to Sandra Joann Bone on June 14, 1998, in Greenville, Illinois. He was a graduate of the Dierks High School and worked in Automotive Repair for Scott’s Auto Body in Nashville. He attended church at the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed working on cars, fishing and spending time with family and friends, but most of all he cherished the time spent with this son, Eli.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Roy and Wanda Bone, and a cousin, Zachary Smith.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Eli Bentley Smith of Lockesburg; his mother, Sandra Joann Denning of Horatio; the mother of his son, Morgahn Parson of Lockesburg; one brother and sister, Colton Thomas Bone-Denning and Harlee Lynn Denning, both of Horatio; aunts and uncles, Sara Edwards and her husband David of Oklahoma, Bill Bone, Sherrie Bone, Dale Dye and Tommy Smith, all of Illinois; as well as, two special friends that were as close as brothers, DJ Vaughn of New Hope and Trent Downing of De Queen; other cousins, relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Julia Ann Whisenhunt Miller

Julia Ann Whisenhunt Miller, age 91, a resident of Texarkana, Texas died Sunday, January 27, 2019, in Texarkana.

She was born December 8, 1927, in Goree, Texas. She was a Baptist and was retired from Poulan.

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Lee and Virgie Bell Lane Whisenhunt; her husband, William David Miller; and her children, David Miller, Shirley Scott, Charles “Billy” Miller, Lillie Jane LaFlore, Tommy Miller, and Johnny Miller.

She is survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday the 29th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Ella Josephine Bender Murray

Ella Josephine Bender Murray, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, January 26, 2019, at her home.

She was born May 13, 1930 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to Paul and Mary Bender. She was a retired USDA inspector for Pilgrims.

Mrs. Murray was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, J.T. Dunn; two sons, Thurman Ray Dunn and Charles Dunn; a daughter, Mary Christine Dunn; and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Dunn of De Queen and John Dunn of Gillham, Arkansas; three brothers, Charlie Bender, Jerry Bender and Paul Bender, all of Oklahoma; a sister, Pauline Dailey of Omaha, Texas; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Murray will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Andrew Arnold officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 27th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Royal Ray Blanton

Royal Ray Blanton, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in De Queen.

He was born on August 6, 1937 in Wickes, Arkansas.  He worked at Poag Saw Mill in Dierks, worked as a trash collector in Idabel, Oklahoma, played guitar in church and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Mr. Blanton was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ola Marie Kesterson Blanton and his baby sister, Geraldine Blanton.

He is survived by his son, Gary Blanton and daughter, Teresa Golden of Ohio; two grandchildren, Jennifer Golden and Nickelous Chase Blanton; a cousin, Mae Dean Ferguson who he thought of as a sister; and a number of other relatives and friends.

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

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Steve Steven “Lightnin” Forrest

Mr. Steve Steven “Lightnin’” Forrest, age 73, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died on Sunday, January 20, 2019, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

He was one of eleven children born to Custer Lee and Bessie Marie Johnson Forrest on March 23, 1945 in De Queen, Arkansas and was a 1964 graduate of the Winthrop High School. He married the love of his life, Ivie Mae Howard, on December 28, 1965 in Winthrop. He was a handyman and worked in the timber industry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winthrop and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his sweet dog Wendy, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and precious great-granddaughter, Ava.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 48 years, Ivie Mae Forrest; one son, Ronnie Lee Forrest; one grandson, John Luke Shomo; six brothers, Richard, Bobby, Jimmy, Sammy, Donald and Roy Lynn Forrest; and four sisters, Nell Bean, Nancy Lambert, Susie Keeton and Linda Wilcox.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Beth Forrest of Winthrop; two grandchildren, Matthew Forrest Lee and his wife Kayla, and Maycee Brooke Shomo, all of Winthrop; one great-granddaughter, Ava Lee of Winthrop; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Steve “Lightnin’” Forrest will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in the First Baptist Church, Winthrop, with Bro. Audie Dawson and Steve Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 22nd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Roy Holder

Mr. Roy Lee Holder, age 75, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 18, 2019 at his home.

He was born to Robert E. Lee and Jewell Pauline Stone Holder in Gillham, Arkansas, on February 26, 1943.  He served in the U. S. Army, and was retired from Dun Transportation & Stringing, Inc, Sherman, Texas, where he was a pipe line superintendent. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and practical jokes, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Mable Dunnigan, Mozelle Herman, Florence Hovland, Ruby, Alice, and Robert Holder.

He is survived by his wife of over 37 years, Doris Stultz Holder of De Queen, three sisters, Thelma McMinn of League City, Texas, Mamie Lynch of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Mae Frances Homan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Roy Holder will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Wes Tudor officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas   You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Nora Ellen Davis Smith

Nora Ellen Davis Smith, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, January 18, 2019, in De Queen.

She was born on June 29, 1938 in the Provo Community near Lockesburg, Arkansas to Fred and Mae Beaty Davis. She retired from the meat market at Lewis Food Center and she was a member of the First Christian Church of De Queen.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and one grandson.

She is survived by her husband, Lyndall Smith; daughters, Sherry Miller, Leanne Gray and Teresa Sims all of De Queen;  one son, Mike Denson of De Queen; three stepsons, David Smith of Texarkana, Texas, Michael Smith of Harrison, Arkansas and Scott Smith of De Queen and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Redmen Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., January 21st at the funeral home.

Special thanks to Bear Creek Nursing Center staff of De Queen and Encompass Hospice Nursing Staff of Texarkana.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Jessie Lee Carroll, Jr.

Mr. Jessie Lee Carroll, Jr., age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 10, 2019 in a McGehee, Arkansas Hospital.

He was born to Jessie Lee, Sr., and Jeanne Ann Wing Carroll on September 21, 1966 in Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoyed sports, fishing, video games, playing pool, and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Deborah Wing of Horatio, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nicky and Danny Booth of Hamilton, Texas, and Linda Fuller of Red Oak, Texas, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members as well as a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jessie Carroll will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Bellville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Phyllis Edwards

Mrs. Phyllis Ann Miller Edwards, age 63, a resident of Dierks, passed from this life on Friday, January 11, 2019, at her home.

She was born on June 24, 1955, in California, to the late Herman Edwin and Bobbie Nell Bearden Miller. She married Larry Edwards in March of 1985, worked for the Tyson Corporation and a local nursing home. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed sewing and caring for animals, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, J.D. Jones.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 33 years, Larry Edwards of Springdale; three sons, Michael Baxter and his wife Christy, and Bobby Baxter and his wife Stephanie, all of Springdale, and Ty Baxter of Dierks; one daughter, Jada Baxter of Dierks; three grandchildren, Kateland Staudt of Rogers, Katheryn Baxter and Eric Richardson, both of Springdale; one step-granddaughter, Payton Woods of Springdale; two brothers, Robbie Miller and his wife Kelly of Dierks and David Miller and his wife Stephanie of Temple, Texas; a special niece and caregiver, Jennifer Deaton of Dierks; as well as, other nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Phyllis Edwards will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 13, 2019, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenny Fant officiating. A private family burial will follow at a later date in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Umpire. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Gordon Voldahl

Mr. Gordon Murry Voldahl, age 74, a resident of Gillham, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at his home.

He was born to Eddie Oliver and Emma Basmoen Voldahl on September 8, 1944, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He worked in boat sales and painted homes. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and stirring up business when he could, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Lannett Mitchell of Gillham; one daughter, Darcie Voldahl Luster and one son, Chris Voldahl, both of Floyd, Virginia; two stepsons, Christoher Rodriguez and Michael Maloney, both of Gillham; one stepdaughter, Summer Mitchell of Gillham; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

No services are 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

 

Robert “Bob” Paul Piearcy

Robert “Bob” Paul Piearcy Sr. age 77, of Mena, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at John L. McClellan Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on Monday, March 17, 1941 to Philip Anderson and Elsie Lannie Keen Piearcy in Hugo, Oklahoma.

Bob was a Godly man with strong Christian values whose bible and faith guided his life. He attended the Mena Freewill Baptist Church and regularly participated in home bible studies. Bob proudly served two tours in the United States Army during Vietnam as a military police officer. After his enlistment, Bob went on to work for Alltel for 28 years before retiring. Whenever he found time, Bob was an avid golfer. But, nothing was as important to him as his family and Jesus Christ. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sue Piearcy; two brothers, David Piearcy and Philip Piearcy; and one sister, Cleta Rose.

Bob is survived by his wife, Denise Piearcy of Mena; three sons and daughter in law; Paul and Sheila Piearcy of Hatton, Todd Piearcy of Mena and Jon Tidwell of Wickes; three daughters and sons in law, Paula Suttle of Hatton, Vicki and David Austin of Magnet Cove and Kristi and Jason Tanaka of Magnet Cove; one brother, Jackie Piearcy of Ola; two sisters, Vernie Jill Smith of Mena, and Geraldine Funderburk of Mena; two sister in laws, Virginia Piearcy of Justin, Texas and Beth Piearcy of Mena; twenty one grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; special friend, Carroll Pettigrew of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Wickes Nazarene Church with Brother David Austin, Brother Kerwin Pruitt and Brother Leon McCleskey officiating. Interment will follow in the Daniel Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers are Josh Austin, Jake Austin, Philip Piearcy, Tabor Tanaka, Jason Tanaka and Greg Norman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Sellers, Leon McCleskey, John Roberts, Mike James, Roger Cartwright, Chris Suttle, Clayton Suttle and Miles Strasner.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

 

 

Larry Wayne Barbre

Mr. Larry Wayne Barbre, age 60, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in Dierks.

He was born March 4, 1958, in Nashville, Arkansas. He worked at Weyerhaeuser and attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

Mr. Barbre was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Edward Barbre and a brother, Steve Barbre.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Wood Barbre; his mother, Rosa Lee Blanton Barbre; one son and daughter-in-law, Airc and Amanda Barbre of Dierks; one daughter, Eron Hill also of Dierks; five grandchildren, Steven Matthew Barbre, Sydney Barbre, Brittany Hill, Jeron Hill, and Maylee Hill; three sisters and two brothers-in law, Sharon White of Dierks, Linda and Billy Joe Christopher of Dierks, and Rose and Tony Tollett of Prescott, Arkansas; two brothers, David and Billy Barbre of Dierks; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Larry Shelton.

A memorial visitation for Mr. Barbre will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in Dierks.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Mr. Leroy Bordelon

Mr. Leroy Joseph Bordelon, age 92, a resident of Grannis, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Oklahoma Veterans Center, Talihina, Oklahoma.

Mr. Bordelon was born to Adolph and Elisanne Goux Bordelon on June 14, 1926 in Cottonport, Louisiana.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy, and was a retired carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and his wife, Ena Ducote Bordelon.

Mr. Bordelon is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Peggy Bordelon of Mena, Arkansas; a daughter, Judy Blunt of Mena, Arkansas; and a granddaughter, Amy Watts of Sunset, Louisiana.

No services are 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.

Linda Gale Ann Rogers Miller

Mrs. Linda Gale Ann Rogers Miller, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in De Queen.

She was born August 25, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a cook for many years.

Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Paul Rogers, Sr; her mother and stepfather, Helen and Jimmy Wray; her husband, David Earl Miller; one son, Steven Paul Miller; and two sisters, Jennifer Wright and Harriett Rogers.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Amanda Miller of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers of De Queen, James and Lisa Wray also of De Queen, and Charlie and Tracey Wray of Ringgold, Louisiana; five grandchildren Tyler, Jasie, and Austin Miller, Emily Dowdy and husband David, and Logan Bradshaw, four great-grandchildren, Micah, Landon, Nevaeh, and J.P. Dowdy; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Miller will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Mt. Ida Cemetery pavilion with Tim Johnson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friend from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday the 9th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Bennie Louis Ester

Mr. Bennie Louis Ester, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Heath System, Texarkana, Texas.

Bennie was born on October 13, 1943, in Ashdown, Arkansas, to the late Reather and Feola White Ester. After graduating from the Ashdown High School in 1961, Bennie served 11 years with the United States Army and retired after serving another nine years with the Army National Guard. After retiring from the Army, Bennie worked as a Security Supervisor for Pilgrims Pride in De Queen. He enjoyed fishing and jogging, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Alice Ann Fricks and Mary Virginia Shoal.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Roshawnda Ester of Fort Worth, Texas and Tiffany Ester of De Queen; one son, Benny Ester of De Queen; four grandchildren, Reneisha Ester of Fort Worth, Teonna and Marquez Ester, both of De Queen and Donovan Ester of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

A Memorial Visitation for Mr. Bennie Ester with military rites will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 12, 2019, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Terence Henry Haynes

Mr. Terence Henry Haynes, age 85, a resident of Mountain Home, Arkansas and a former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died  Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Mountain Home.

He was born January 30, 1933 in Bronx, New York to Frank and Irene McCarthy Haynes.  He served in the U.S. Airforce from 1951 to 1955 where he received his education for x-ray technician and lab technician.  He used his education that he learned in the Airforce as his life long career.  He loved the Lord and it showed to all who knew him.  He was a kind, quiet man who loved his family and friends with all his heart.  He was a member of the Mountain View Seventh-Day Adventist and a former member of the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist in De Queen.

Mr. Haynes was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol Russell Haynes and an infant granddaughter, Kayla LeAnn Burrow.

He is survived by his wife, Leona JoAnn Haynes; Five daughters and sons-in-law, Maureen Haynes and Robin Burrow, Sheryl and Johnny Balentine, Karen and Glenn Zajac, Cindy and Stacy Poff and Michelle and Duane Simmons; ten grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Haynes will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Ron Patterson and Pastor Newman Hance officiating.  Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Michael Frank Jones

Mr. Michael Frank Jones, age 65, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Dierks.

He was born March 1, 1953 in Orange County, California.  He worked in maintenance for Poulan and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Dale and IIa Grace Short Jones

He is survived by one brother, Archie Dale Jones, Jr. of Dierks; two nephews, Jerry and Gary Jones both of Dierks and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Jones will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in the Sunshine Cemetery with Calvin Parker officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Davey Lee Edmiaston

Mr. Davey Lee Edmiaston, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 3, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 17, 1950 in De Queen, Arkansas.  He served in the Army National Guard, he was a Methodist and was retired from Weyerhaeuser.

Davey was preceded in death by his parents, Francis “Curley” and Virginia Whitley Edmiaston.

He is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dana and Dan Adkins of Horatio and Carlyn and Robert Hubnik of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Kerry and Debbie Edmiaston of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Davey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the Horatio Methodist Church with Bro. Phil McLarty officiating.  Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Andrew Brian Hammer

Andrew Brian Hammer, age 31, of Hatton, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Hatton. He was born on Tuesday, June 30, 1987 to Butch Wayne and Leona Rutherford Hammer in De Queen, Arkansas.

Andy graduated from Wickes High School in 2005 and later became an auto mechanic. He liked all different kinds of music and he truly loved his mother. In his free time, Andy liked deer hunting, going fishing, and doing woodworking. His daughters were the apple of his eye and he loved every second he spent with them. Andy was a loving father, son, grandson, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Richard Hammer; maternal grandparents, Donald and Clarace Rutherford; and uncle, Donald Rutherford.

Andy is survived by his father, Butch Hammer of Cove; his mother and step father, Leona and Jerry Robb of Hatton; two daughters, Lexi Hammer of De Queen, and Page Hammer of De Queen; paternal grandmother, Harvey Hammer of Wickes; two brothers, Danny Hammer and wife, Jessica of Wickes, and Curtis Hammer of Hatton; one sister, Olivia Hammer of Cove; several aunts and uncles, Harvey and Carolann Hammer of Gillham, Mary Snow and husband, Mike of Blain, Washington, and Linda Standridge and husband, Daniel of Malvern; four nieces and nephews, Colton, Marissa, and Spencer Hammer of Wickes, and Artemis LeAnn of Cove; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at Wickes United Methodist Church with Brother Brian Richardson officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Preston Louis Barnes

Mr. Preston Louis Barnes, age 66, a resident of Konawa, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was born June 20, 1952, in Roseburg, Oregon. He was a construction worker and a Methodist.

Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his father, Columbus B. Barnes and  a step-grandson, Billy Ashcraft.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Barnes; his mother, Maxine Riley Barnes; one son, Barry Boling and wife Krystal of Sasakwa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Jamie and Dusty Boling; one brother, James and wife Debbie Barnes of Gillham, Arkansas; two sisters, Kathy Higgins and Dorothy Helms also of Gillham; one step-son, Kenny Ashcraft of Antlers, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Barnes will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Bro. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Cemetery in Gillham.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday the 4th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Jean Wise

Mrs. Jean Wise, age 90, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, went home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

She was born August 11, 1928 in the town of Layer, England to Alfred and Winifred Page Curtis. Mrs. Wise was a homemaker and member of the Grannis Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, James D. Wise; one brother, Peter Curtis; and a grandson, James W. Wise.

She is survived by one daughter, Gwyn Hartin and husband Joyle of Dierks, Arkansas; two sons, Jimmy Wise and wife Valerie and Wayne Wise and wife Diann all of Grannis; one brother, Gerald Curtis of Layer, England; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren

Funeral services for Mrs. Wise will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Wisinger officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday the 4th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Sonja Denise Chewning Cook

Ms. Sonja Denise Chewning Cook, age 52, a resident of Fort Towson, Oklahoma, died Monday, December 31, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She was born April 1, 1966, in Texarkana, Texas. She was a homemaker.

Ms. Cook was preceded in death by her step-father, William “Bill” Donald Cooper and a special brother-in-law, Johnny Dale Cogburn.

She is survived by two sons, Justin Duff, who is Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and Mark Cook of Evansville, Indiana; one daughter, Heather Cook also of Evansville; her mother, Joyce Cooper of Fort Towson; her father, Douglas Chewning of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters, Dena Veuleman of Texarkana, Arkansas and Chystal Cogburn of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma; two brothers, Larry Chewning of Troup, Texas and Todd Chewning of Henderson, Texas; six grandchildren, Abilgail, Aybrie, Carter, Chase, Elliana, and Amelia; a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles; and one special uncle William Bailey.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Cook will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Junior Ochoa officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday the 5th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Marcus Wayne “Marc” Mathney

Mr. Marcus Wayne “Marc” Matheny, age 38, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, December 30, 2018, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

He was born to Billy Wayne and Kimberly Ann Whitley Matheny on April 4, 1980, in Fort Ord, California. He married the love of his life, Monica Renee Heikes on March 24, 2000, and to this marriage, one son was born. Marc loved the Lord and was a member of the First Christian Church in Nashville and enjoyed watching his son play football, riding 4-wheelers and tinkering with trucks, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kim Matheny and his grandmother, Hazel Matheny.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 18 years, Monica Renee Matheny of Nashville; one son, Nicholas William Matheny of Nashville; his father and step-mother, Bill and Mary Matheny of Hayesville, North Carolina; one brother, Micky Strang and his wife Kristie of De Queen; one sister, Marci Null and her husband Leonard of Dierks; two step-brothers, David McGough of Joplin, Missouri and Mark McGough of Hayesville, North Carolina; one uncle, Jay Whitley of Dierks; three aunts, Sheri Mills and her husband Melvin of De Queen, June Pinson and her husband Jerry of Dierks and Stacy Rasmussen of Grannis; his grandmother, Maxine Whitley of Dierks; his grandfather, Bill Whitley and his wife Shirley of El Paso, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other special relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Marc Matheny will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 5, 2019, in the First Christian Church, Nashville, Arkansas, with Bro. Jim Pinson officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Edward Allen Fears

Mr. Edward Allen Fears, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, December 28, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 17, 1937, in De Queen. He was an inspector for the state highway department and was a member of  Geneva Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Fears was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Homer and Rosa Bell Clark Fears; a sister, Gladys Bell; and one brother, Travis Fears.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Francis Renfrow Fears; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Mike Cooley and Renee and Freddie Brenneman all of De Queen; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Eddie Fears of Dallas, Texas and Mark and Susan Fears of Tampa, Florida; three grandsons, Josh Cooley, Jared Cooley, and Jake Tidwell; and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Fears will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

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

Mr. Thomas Gore

Mr. Thomas Leon Gore, age 72, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, December 24, 2018, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born to Earnest Leon and Mary Elizabeth Inzer Gore on May 8, 1946, in Camden, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and he later worked as an operator for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation. He married the love of his life, Nessie Ann Dinger, on September 20, 1972, in Clarksville, Texas. He attended church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Arkansas Knife Makers. He enjoyed fishing, knife-making, hunting and woodwork, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 46 years, Nessie Ann Gore of Gillham; one daughter, Heather Christene Reed and her husband Billy of Steens, Mississippi; one son, Thomas Ernest Gore and his wife Shawnya of Lowell, Arkansas; two grandchildren, James Alexander Reed of Knoxville, Tennessee and Mikayla Leigh Reed of Columbus, Mississippi; two brothers, Larry Joe Gore and Terry Gore; two sisters, Ann Launius and Deborah Gore; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Terry Donna Williams Sowell

Mrs. Terry Donna Williams Sowell, age 55, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, December 14, 2018, at her home.

She was born  November, 26, 1963, in Dos Palace, California.

Mrs. Sowell was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Edward and Marilyn Lois Woodring Williams.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Sowell; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Anna Stephens of Vilonia, Arkansas and granddaughter, Harper; two sisters, Angela Vaughters of Counce, Tennessee and Anna Poteet of Klamath Falls, Oregon; one brother, Eddie Williams also of Klamath Falls; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Sowell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Charles Franklyn Loftin

Major (Ret.) US Army, Charles Franklyn Loftin, age 68, a resident of Little River Club, Little River County, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born April 21, 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas. Major Loftin was retired from the United States Army of 20 years and Northrup Grumman of 26 years. He was a 1972 graduate of Henderson State University and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was an avid golfer and served on the Board of Directors of Little River Country Club where he and his wife lived.

Mr. Loftin was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Loftin and Roma “Squeeky” Cannon Loftin of Lockesburg.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann Lee Loftin; one son, Charles Jr. and one granddaughter, Renay of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one brother, William David and Charlotte Loftin of Enterprise, Alabama; one sister, Sissy and Jimmy Slabaugh of Valiant, Oklahoma; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services with military honors for Mr. Loftin will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 17, 2018, in Oddfellows
Cemetery in Lockesburg with Roy Conatser officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

amily will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16th at the funeral home.

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

Jeffery Glenn Ross

Mr. Jeffery Glenn Ross, age 63, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born February 23, 1955, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an auto detailer.

Mr. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Glen Ross and Geraldine Lee Desmond.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Holman Ross; two daughters, Jessica Ross of Texarkana and Natasha Shannon of Joplin, Missouri; two sisters, Jerri Edd of Wilton, Arkansas and  Glenda Ross of Pomona, California; one

brother, Roderick Ross of Pomona; a step mother, Roslin Ross also of Pomona; two aunts, Irene Daniels and Jane McCoy both of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Ross will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December

22, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jamie Erby and Marcus Holman officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 21st at the funeral home.

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

Bobby Wayne Kesterson

Bobby Wayne Kesterson was born August 12, 1938, and went to be with those whose arms were waiting on him December 12, 2018. He was 80 years old. He was an Elder with the Community of Christ and retired from Red River Army Depot.

Bobby loved hunting, fishing, and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hallie and Bertha Kesterson; his sister Juanita Willbanks and her husband JE Willbanks; two special nieces, Elane Kesterson Miears and Jennifer Schaad; and two sons-in-law, Paul Smith and Shawn Ketchum.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Kesterson; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Lori and Kerry Downs of New Boston, Texas, Jan and Robby McKnight of Winthrop, Arkansas, and Marilyn Ketchum of Helena, Montana; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Stephanie and Kody Karr of Simms, Texas; two grandsons, Logan and Trevor Ketchum; two great grandsons, Blake and Kyler Karr; one brother, Samuel Kesterson of Winthrop; and several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Community of Christ in Winthrop with Cathie Rolf and Leroy Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to: Community of Christ, 808 Broad Street, Winthrop, Arkansas 71866 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

Mr. John McKinley

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, John Edward McKinley went to that home prepared for him by Jesus. John was 88 years old when he passed at home with his family by his side. He was born to Russell and Alice Camille Arnold McKinley on November 26, 1930 in De Queen on Thanksgiving Day.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.  He graduated from De Queen High School, where he played football and was on the tumbling team.  He worked at Hazelwood Dairy, Palace Drug Store and Southern Ice Plant during his school years.

He served four years with the United States Air Force.  The Air Force sent him to communication school in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He helped rebuild communication lines for air bases over Germany and France.  He received the Nation Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the German Occupation Medal.  When he was discharged from the Air Force, he went to work for Texas Telephone Company in Garland, Texas.  They later became General Telephone Company, which is now Verizon.  He transferred to Texarkana, Texas in 1973 and moved his family to Horatio.  After working for GTE for 34 years, he took early retirement in 1989.  In 1955, he married Evelyn Jeanette Hawthorne and they had three children. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Rhonda Joyce Coon.

He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Evelyn McKinley, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronald Edward McKinley of Horatio, and Jerry Randal and Sonya McKinley of De Queen; three grandchildren, Reagan Lynn McKinley of Bryant, Arkansas, Tiffany and her husband, Jeremy Craig of Grannis, and Chris and Katie Winer of Umpire, Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren, Braylon Paul Liggin, E. J., Tristan, Copelan and Crimson Winer, and Emma Claire and Clyde Craig; two brothers, Robert Lee McKinley and Michael Stephen McKinley both of Horatio; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. John McKinley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 10, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Mayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service time Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

James Lacey Jenkins

Mr. James Lacey Jenkins, age 79, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 6, 2018 , at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born to James Nolan and Ora Minnie Demorest Jenkins on January 28, 1939, in the Duckett Community of Howard County, Arkansas. Lacey was a member of the Wickes Church of the Nazarene and served in the United States Army. Lacey spent his life being dedicated to his Lord and his family. He worked in the timber industry, was a practical joker and enjoyed fishing, gardening, working on things and he loved feeding his birds and cats, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Reba Jenkins and Joy Bailey Jenkins; and a grandson, Derrick Jenkins.

He is survived by four sons, James Jenkins and his wife Vicki, Neal Jenkins and his wife Patricia, Jason Jenkins and Thomas Jenkins and his wife BJ, all of Wickes, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Heather Smothers and her husband Dalton, Amber McFadden and her husband Jimmy, Rochelle Barrett and her husband Kyle, Justin Jenkins and his wife Ariel, Ashley Sweat and her husband Jon, Brittany Jenkins and Alex Jenkins; ten great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Gage, Haylen, Timbree, Meadow, Roanin, Bentley, Emma, Madi and Wyatt; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Jenkins will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in the Wickes Church of the Nazarene with Pastor David Baker and Bro. Leon McCleskey officiating. Burial will follow in the Crystal Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Monday, December 10th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tiffany Deanette McKinley

Tiffany Deanette McKinley, age 49, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in Dallas.

She was born September 7, 1969. She was a Director of Nursing at Sunset Village in St. Roberts, Missouri and was a Baptist.

Ms. McKinley was preceded in death by her mother, Linda McKinley.

She is survived by her father, Robert McKinley of Horatio, Arkansas; her fiancé, Steven Leeper of Lockesburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan and Jessica Murry of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Logan and Haleih Murry of Lockesburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Donna McKinley and James and Vona McKinley all of Horatio; two grandchildren, Noah and Levi Murry; and a host of family and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. McKinley will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mrs. Linda Prestidge

Mrs. Linda Jane Prestidge, age 70, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Monday, December 3, 2018, in a Paris, Texas hospital.

She was the third of four children born to Coy Thomas and Naomi Eugena Burke Smith on November 11, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. Linda married the love of her life, Allen Leroy Prestidge on September 11, 1974, in Hot Springs. She loved the Lord and was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church in De Queen. She loved her dog, Missy, and cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Allen Prestidge; one daughter, Patricia Maylynn Lansdell; one sister, Alice Faye Russell; and a brother, Kenneth Smith.

She is survived by one son, Michael Shane Prestidge and his Fiance Kim Ray of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; she was “Grandma” to her three grandchildren, Katie Renee Prestidge, Scott Shane Prestidge both of Batesville, Arkansas, and Brittany Michelle Prestidge of Wisconsin; as well as, three great-grandchildren, Shane Laceylee Prestidge, Abbigail Rayne Brown and Everly Marie Prestidge, all of Batesville, Arkansas; one brother, Don Smith and his wife Flora of Mount Ida, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Prestidge will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, December 6, 2018, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Mike Pense officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 5th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Kenneth Wayne Smith

Mr. Kenneth Wayne Smith, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born August 26, 1938 in De Queen. He was retired from De Queen Sand and Gravel and was a member of the National Guard.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Coy and Naomi Smith; and two sisters, Alice Russell and Linda Prestidge.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Flora Smith of Story, AR; and five nephews and their spouses, Roger and Becky Smith of North Pole, Alaska, Michael Prestidge of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Tommy and Rhonda Russell of Wickes, Arkansas, David and Mary Russell of Wickes, and Steven and Jarah Russell of Horatio, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

The family will be at the home of Steven and Jarah Russell, 161 Campbell Rd. in Horatio.

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

Mrs. Juanita Staggs

Mrs. Juanita Jeane Staggs, age 87, a resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in the Hospice of Texarkana, surrounded by family.

She was the third of six children born to I.C. and Thelma Lee Sage Stringfellow on August 16, 1931, in Horatio, Arkansas. Juanita loved the Lord and was a member of the Horatio Assembly of God. She worked in jewelry sales at J.C. Penney for many years and was a homemaker. She married the love of her life, Ralph Aldron Staggs on May 2, 1992, in Horatio. She enjoyed reading and cherished the time spent with their children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Hershel Stringfellow, R.J. Stringfellow and Delton Stringfellow; one sister, Nell Barnes; and one granddaughter, Caitlyn Rebecca Philemon.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 26 years, Ralph Staggs of Horatio; two sons, John D. Rogers, III, and his wife Linda of Houston, Texas and Parick Rogers and his wife Paulette of Cypress, Texas; three daughters, Joy Smothers and her husband Donny of Nacogdoches, Texas, Cynthia Rogers Tucker of Horatio, Arkansas and Sherri Philemon and her husband Steve of Charlotte, North Carolina; Ralph’s children, Terry Staggs and his wife Debbie of Andrews, Texas, Latrice Brooks and her husband Doug of Clovis, New Mexico and DeAnna Funderburg and her best friend Lee of Hedley, Texas; one sister, Loretta Reid of Horatio; as well as, twenty-five grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Juanita Staggs will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gutierres and Bro. Doug Akin officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 4th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 713, De Queen, Arkansas 71832, or to the First Assembly of God in Horatio.

 

 

Mr. Anthony Durso

Mr. Anthony Joseph Durso, age 71, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Thursday, November 29, 2018, in De Queen.

He was born on April 20, 1947, in Bellingham, Massachusetts. He worked as a Machinist, was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed building model rockets.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Veronica Durso.

He is survived by one sister in New Hampshire and a friend, Vincent Thomas of Eagletown, Oklahoma.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Patricia Pauline Plunk Hearn Cole

Patricia Pauline Plunk Hearn Cole age 67, a resident of Horatio Arkansas passed from this life on November 22, 2018 at her home.

She was born to Sherman and Lucy plunk on July 23rd 1951, in Bradley Arkansas. She was employed by the city of Horatio and the Red Water School District but the job she loved most was being a foster grandparent in the Horatio School District. She loved spending time with her family and watching Razorback football. She was a Christian and attended Horatio Baptist Church.

Pat is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Marla Hearn Smith, a sister Wanda Cole and two beautiful granddaughters, Heather Lacefield and Victoria Grace Walls.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters Patricia Ayers and Ashley Cole of Horatio a son Dustin and daughter in law Sarah Cole of Horatio Arkansas, three brothers, Sherman and Karen Plunk of Idabel Oklahoma, Billy and Patty Plunk of Ponca City Oklahoma and Jimmy Plunk of Blackwell Oklahoma. Five Sisters; Shirley and Lloyd Throneburg of Blackwell Oklahoma, Margaret Stocker of Glencoe Oklahoma, Doris and Pete Gates of Blackwell Oklahoma, Ruby Davis of Blackwell Oklahoma, Kay and Jack Higgins of Ponca City Oklahoma. Four grandsons; Josh Lacefield of De Queen Arkansas, Lukas Smith of Red Water Texas, Kody Smith of Maud Texas, and Landen Walls of Horatio, three granddaughters; Jaisee and Justin Bailey, Kylie Ayers and Addie Walls of Horatio Arkansas, four great-grandchildren; Jewel, Jedidiah, Gracie and Grady Bailey all of Horatio Arkansas. She had numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Services for Mrs. Cole were held Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Horatio Baptist Church, Pastor Tim Smallwood officiated.

Joe Vobora

Mr. Joe Edward Vobora, age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in the Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Frank and Louise Bedford Vobora in Lakeview, California, on April 1, 1933.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U S Navy.  Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He was retired postmaster in Grants Pass, Oregon, and enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, gardening, traveling, horses, and goats.  Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Bernice Vobora, and Mari Alice Vobora, and a stepson, Steven Johnson.

He is survived by a son, Michael Frank Vobora of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law,

Toni Jo and Ray Wartinger of De Queen, two step-sons, Lonny Owen Coleman and his wife, Cherie of Branch, Michigan, and Glenn Johnson and his wife Pam of Kerrville, Texas, a step-daughter, Jackie Mari Halstead, and her husband, Curtis, of Yamhill, Oregon; one brother, Stanley Frank Vobora and his wife, Karen of Spokane, Washington, four sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Louise and Charles Van de Wetering of Corvallis, Oregon, Margaret and Ernie Besler of Grants Pass, Oregon, Alice Ann Bromund, of Vacaville, California, and Kathy Vobora of Grants Pass, Oregon, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, as well as other family members. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Memorial Services for Mr. Joe Vobora will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 6, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

Lloyd Dee Kesterson

Mr. Lloyd Dee Kesterson, age 95, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Friday November 23, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born March 22, 1923 in Umpire.  He was a farmer, delivered LP Gas locally for a number of years and was a member of the Community Church in Umpire.  He was a World War II Army veteran and fought valiantly in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was also a 32-degree Mason, Worthy Grand Patron of Eastern Star for the state of Arkansas in 1982.

Mr. Kesterson was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl Kesterson; his wife, Honey Bunch Pinkerton Kesterson and one son, Edsal Kesterson.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Chren Kesterson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother, Homer Kesterson of Forks, Washington; five grandchildren, Lloyd Wayne Kesterson, Andrea Kesterson Galt, Haley Kesterson, Nicki Landry and John Clay Howell and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018 in the Community Church in Umpire with Haley Kesterson, Rev. John Henry Williams and Rev. Don Vaughn officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Dovie Lavada McReynolds Pace

Dovie Lavada McReynolds Pace, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, November 23, 2018 at her home.

She was born August 18, 1944 in Frederick, Oklahoma.  She was a supervisor for Pilgrims for 23 years retiring in 2015.

Mrs. Pace was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ruby Burgan McReynolds; one daughter, Lisa Nell Carterby; one sister, Sue Gordley; one brother, Benny McReynolds; one grandson, Derrick Bakenhus and two sons-in-law, Randy Bakenhus and Ron Robinson.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Melitta and Dallas Simmons of Newhope, Arkansas, Gaythy Bakenhus of De Queen and Rebalee Eubanks and Mack Jacobs of St. Amant, Louisiana; three sons and daughters-in-law, David Jefferson, Jr. and Diane of Keller, Texas, Lyndon Jefferson and Debbie of Gilmer, Texas and Phillip Jefferson and Brandi of De Queen, two sisters, Frances Fullerton of Marlow, Oklahoma and Loretta Lyons of Lawton, Oklahoma; one brother and sister-in-law, Johnny McReynolds and Johnell of Wichita Falls, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pace will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson and Johnny McReynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 24th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Margie Marie Stover

Mrs. Margie Marie Farmer Stover, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018, in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

She was born to William Francis and Effie Katherine Foreman Farmer, in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 15, 1943. She worked in food service for Holiday Inn in Austin, Texas, and the De Queen Medical Center, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in De Queen. She enjoyed reading westerns, crossword puzzles, cooking, sewing quilts, reading her Bible, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ollie Joe Stover; an infant son, Bobby Joe Stover; a grandson, Michael Purtell; a brother, Harold James Farmer; and a sister, Gladys Farmer.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Mickey Don and Annie Neatherlin of Lubbock, Texas, Danny Joe and Tricia Stover of Round Rock, Texas, Jimmy Joe and Angie Stover of Amarillo, Texas, and Roy and Wanda Stover of De Queen; a special friend, Gina Juarez of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, William Farmer of Alamogordo, New Mexico; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Margie Stover will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 24, 2018, in the First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fire Bibles through the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen. The family will be at the home of Roy and Wanda Stover, 1673 Highway 329, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Epifania Federico Hernandez

Mrs. Epifania Federico Hernandez, age 76, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on January 25, 1942, in Nicolas Flores, Hidalgo, Mexico. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Hernandez was preceded in death by her parents, Nicacio and Alfonsa Hernandez Federico and a son, Venancio Perez.

She is survived by her children, Jovita Perez of De Queen, Arkansas, Marcelina Villeda of De Queen, Benito Perez of Greenville, North Carolina, Martina Perez of De Queen, Santiago Perez, Marino Perez, and Israel Hernandez all of Mexico, and Teresa Perez of Greenville; numerous in-laws, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass for Mrs. Hernandez will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the St. Barbara Catholic Church under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Cementerio Cerro Prieto in Nicolas Flores.

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

 

Paul William Willis

Paul William Willis, age 88, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Monday, November 19, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born January 18, 1930 in Soper, Oklahoma. He was a retired truck driver, a U.S. Army veteran, a Christian, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his parents, William Bill and Willie Calvin Short Willis; mother of his children, Bula Willis; a daughter, Sherry Lynn Willis; a step-daughter, Elaine Miears; one brother and five sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Shafer Willis; four daughters and sons-in-law, Donetta Hegwood of Delores, Colorado, Paula and Steve Barley of Flower Mound, Texas, Lesia Joy and Ken Koehler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Nita Faye and Gary Cooper of Everton, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul David and Rhonda Willis of Ashdown, Arkansas; two step daughters, Rebecca Holdford of Garland, Texas, and Anita and Charlie Click of Winthrop, Arkansas; two sisters, Lavern Willis of Dublin, Texas and Carolyn Susie Willis of Horatio; two brothers, Billy Fay Willis of Horatio and Glen David and Bonnie Willis, also of Horatio; a special daughter, Rosie Dowdle; 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Willis will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rodney Young and Bro. Phil McLardy officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday the 23rd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Paul Tom King

Mr. Paul Tom King, “Powder Wagon” age 90, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Monday, November 19, 2018, at his home.

He was born February 24, 1928, in Lockesburg. He was married to Esther Frances Stevens King on January 4, 1969, whom he loved with all his heart. He was a lifelong truck driver, retiring in 1990, and was a member of the Lockesburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and play music and loved spending time with his family. He was a very talented musician and played almost any instrument he picked up. His love for music was above all others.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents, L.F. and Eunice June “Nanny” King; one son, Paul Terry King; one daughter, Sylvia Jill King McWhorter; two grandsons, David Kain McWhorter and Thomas Jefferson Davis; one great grandchild, Callie Brooke King; four brothers, Norman, L.F., Merlyn and Bert King; a sister, Yvonne King Thornton; and two sons-in-law, James Davis and David McWhorter.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Stevens King; three daughters, Lynne Davis, Sonja Parish and husband Dwayne, Shelia Jester and husband James; three sons, Stueart Cunningham, Steve Cunningham and wife Evelyn, and Marlowe King and wife Sherry; one brother, Elmo King of Texas; one sister, Holly Bush, of De Queen: 21 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Donnie Davis, Dwayne Parish, Ann Holley and James Gathright officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday the 20th at the funeral home.

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

Mr. Jerry Neeley

Mr. Jerry Dean Neeley, age 77, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Friday, August 24, 2018, with his family by his side, at his home.

He was born to Thomas and Lavada Neeley on December 31, 1940, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He married the love of his life, Linda Sue Brown, on November 30, 1968, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jerry worked as a Barber for many years in the Tulsa area. He was an avid weightlifter in his younger years. He even won the title of Mr. Oklahoma in a weightlifting competition. He enjoyed watching the Science Fiction channel, the History channel, as well as the National Geographic channel. Jerry enjoyed traveling and working on his lawn, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Marion, Doug, Ronie, Terry, and Larry; and two sister, Mildred and Gale.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Linda Sue Neeley of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one son, Zach Neeley and his wife Sherna of San Antonio, Texas; one grandson, Ezekiel “Zeke” Neeley of San Antonio, Texas; three brothers, Dalton, Weldon and Kerry; three sisters, Dorothy, Rita and Carol; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with John Wilson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. A family visitation was held on Wednesday, August 29th, in Tulsa. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Jesus Meza-Zarate

Mr. Jesus Meza-Zarate, age 31, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in the Baptist Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, from injuries received in an automobile accident on October 9th.

He was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on November 27, 1986 to Juan Elias Meza-Lopez and Juana Meza.  He was a machinist with Sterling Machinery and attended the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church in De Queen.  He enjoyed movies, traveling, but most of all he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his children.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Juan Meza Montez and Antonia Lopez Molinar; and his maternal grandmother, Maria Guadalupe Zarate.

He is survived by his parents; a son, Zayden Ray Meza of De Queen, Arkansas; a daughter, Valerie Mae Meza of De Queen; three brothers, David Meza and his wife Staci of Grannis, Sergio Meza and his wife Stephanie of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Eric Meza and his partner, Josefina of Grannis, Arkansas; two sisters, Araseli Meza of Grannis, and Vannesa Jones and her husband Mackenzie of Little Rock, Arkansas; five uncles, nine aunts, and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jesus Meza-Zarate will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 18, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jose Chacon officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, Grannis, Arkansas. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Louis Rehmann

Mr. Louis Frederick Rehmann, age 84, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in the Bear Creek Health and Rehab Center, De Queen.

He was born to George Bernard and Catherine Margarete Breitenother Rehmann on March 8, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland. He married Elizabeth Anne Delozier on June 11, 1974, in Baltimore. He worked as a Machinist during the construction of the Panama Canal and he served in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sweet wife of over 43 years, Elizabeth Anne Rehmann; two brothers, Benard Rehmann, Jr., and William Rehmann; and one sister, Marie Brewer.

He is survived by one sister-in-law, Susan McGuire of Halethorpe, Maryland.

No services are 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.

Mrs. Lucille Dirickson

Mrs. Lucille Bernice Dirickson, age 74, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, November 11, 2018, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born to Joseph Franklin and Francis Wood Phelps on October 19, 1944, in Arkoma, Oklahoma. After her parent’s passing, Lucille and her siblings were raised by her aunt and uncle, John and Minnie Phelps, whom she dearly loved. She married the love of her life, Albert Dirickson, Jr., on March 26, 1964, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and to this marriage, five children were born. Lucille loved the Lord and was of the Holiness faith. She attended the Old Center Holiness Church in Horatio, where she has been a member since 1955. She enjoyed crafting and crossword puzzels, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 45 years, Albert Dirickson, Jr.; one son, Alton Dirickson; one daughter, Lola Lee Bertling; her uncle and aunt, John and Minne Phelps; and two brothers, Lonnie Phelps and Thomas Phelps.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Albert Allen Dirickson of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Anthony Allen Dirickson and his wife Lisa of Beckley, West Virginia, and Casey Lee Dirickson of Horatio, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Tiffany French and her husband James of Duncan, Oklahoma, and Krystal Robinson and her husband Matt of Horatio, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Adreonia Robinson, Macie Rae Robinson, and Grayson Levon Robinson; one sister Louise Stinnett of Texarkana, Arkansas; one half-brother, Jimmy Sanders of Fort Smith, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Dirickson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, in the Old Center Holiness Church with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tony Lambert Gibson

Mr. Tony Lambert Gibson, age 78, a resident of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, November 5, 2018, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on May 29, 1940 in Horatio, Arkansas. He worked in construction, was a cabinet maker, chicken house owner, former owner of the Hob Nob Restaurant in De Queen, Army National Guard Veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio.

Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy J. and Gladys Beatrice Vess Gibson; one daughter, Kimberly Ann Demory and two sisters, Glenda Hannigan and Shirley Loretta Gibson and an infant brother.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Johnson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tonya and Chris Hendricks of Longview, Texas and Natalie and Scott Mellina of Fort Worth, Texas; one son, Timothy Scot Gibson of Kilgore, Texas; one sister, Debbie Hankins of Horatio; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service for Mr. Gibson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Larry Ray House

Mr. Larry Ray House, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, November 1, 2018 at his home.

He was born April 23, 1950 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was retired from the City of Dierks sanitation department and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Mr. House was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Alene Gatlin House and a brother, Kevin House.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Sue Eudy House of Dierks; his father and step-mother, Buell Ray and Dorothea House of Dierks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lacy and Jimmy Schwab of The Woodlands, Texas and Chandra and Christopher Budd of Amarillo, Texas; one step son, Kelly Roberson of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Don Schenk of Stinnett, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Troy and Rhonda House of Langley, Arkansas; two step sisters, Barbara Burgess of Dierks and Joan and Joe Isham of Dierks; seven grandchildren, Jacob Harrison, Mazzy Budd, Addison Ellison, Oliver Schwab, Kara Moore, Victoria Roberson and Kyler Roberson; four great grandchildren, A.J., Ali, Kaliegh and Kaiden; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. House will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2018 in the Sunshine Cemetery with Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Viewing will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 4th at the Dierks Chapel.

The family requests that everyone wear Razorback t-shirts to the service.

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

Johnnie C. Brewer Munn Elliott

Mrs. Johnnie C. Brewer Munn Elliott, age 86, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, November 2, 2018, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was born on August 17, 1932, in Horatio. She was a homemaker and attended Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her parents, John L. and Audie Wilson Brewer; her two husbands, Richard J. “Buddy” Munn and Lloyd N. Elliott; four brothers, Sam Brewer, Bub Brewer, G.D. Brewer, James Brewer.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Melinda Munn of Texarkana, Arkansas; one daughter, Kathy Leforce of Horatio; four grandchildren, Tonya and Cameron Petross of De Queen, Arkansas, Riki and Wade Williamson of Texarkana, Arkansas, Ashley and Wendell Fink also of Texarkana, Arkansas, and T.K. Munn of Denver, Colorado; eight great grandchildren, Lacey and Michael Kennedy, Colton Brakeville, Kaleb Petross, Kelsi Petross, Landi Williamson, Ashten Fink, Jaxen Fink, and Carter Rowland; two great-great grandchildren, Addison Holland and Liam Kennedy; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Elliott will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 Sunday, November 4th at the funeral home.

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

Anita Gail Oglesby

Mrs. Anita Gail Oglesby, age 61, a resident of Crossroads, Arkansas went home to her Lord on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at her home.

She was born to Lelon and Peggy Oglesby in Stanton, Texas on July 2, 1957. Anita was a very kind woman that opened her home to anyone in need, would feed you her last bite of food, and give you the shirt off her back. She loved music, dancing, and gathering with friends. She loved her family and enjoyed the time spent with her grandsons. She will be greatly missed.

Anita was preceded in death by her mother and father.

She leaves behind her son, Robert “Robby” Gallagher of Haworth, Oklahoma; her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Shawn Nicholas of Foreman, Arkansas; three grandsons, Ethan, Brendan, and Jacob Nicholas of Foreman; one sister, Lori Beall; two brothers, Lelon Roy Oglesby and Lloyd Oglesby all of Crossroads; and two nieces, Leah and Holly Beall.

Memorial services for Anita Oglesby will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Piney Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas.

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

Mrs. Melissia Wommack

Mrs. Melissia Leah Ruth Wommack, age 49, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in De Queen.

She was born to Ernest Eugene and Wanda Addaline Taylor Ruth on December 29, 1968, in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Carl Franklin “Trey” Wommack, III, on August 17, 1990, in De Queen. Melissia worked as a Dispatcher for the Sevier County Sheriff’s office for the last 8 years, and she loved every minute of it. She enjoyed keeping up with friends and family on Facebook, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Melissia was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 28 years, Trey Wommack of De Queen; one son, Kendall Wommack and his wife Candice of Greenville, Texas; and one daughter, Keshia Beth Wommack of Ashdown, Arkansas. She was “MiMi” to her two wonderful grandsons, Blaine Matthew Carrell and Shawnix Houston Smith, both of Ashdown, Arkansas. She is also survived by her parents, Gene and Wanda Ruth of De Queen; two brothers, Doug Ruth and his wife Shirley of De Queen, and Bobby Joe Ruth, of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018, in the Avon Cemetery with Layton Neal officiation, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will be gathering at the home of Carla Cox, 156 Wommack Lane, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Officers of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and the De Queen Police Department will serve as pallbearers.

 

Raymond Leonard Sheldon, Jr.

Raymond Leonard Sheldon, Jr., age 63, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in De Queen.

He was born May 21, 1955, in Boise, Idaho.  He was a janitor at Walmart, worked maintenance at De Queen Elementary School, worked at the Sevier County Museum and was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Sheldon enjoyed working on vehicles and computers, was always willing to lend a helping hand and would do Native American programs at the area schools and for the local boy scouts.

Mr. Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Leonard Sheldon, Sr. and Ester (Stanfield) Sheldon and one son, Victor Sheldon.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Jo-Ann (Smith) Sheldon; two sons, Andrew Sheldon and Brandon Sheldon, all of Gillham; one sister, Jeannie Sheldon of Washington; one brother, Tony Sheldon of Florida and a number of nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2018, at Wilkerson  Funeral Home in De Queen.  Cremation will follow.

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

Judy Tomlinson

Mrs. Judy Lynn Montgomery Tomlinson, age 71, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at her home.

She was born to Manton and Catherine Griffin Montgomery in Shreveport, Louisiana, on October 9, 1947. She was a graduate of De Queen High School in 1965, and Dukes Cosmetology in 1966. She was the former owner of Hair Chalet and a dress shop called “Judy’s,” and was a homemaker. She loved her Lord, was baptized in Broken Bow lake, and was a member of the Victory Life Church in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Judy was a gourmet cook and enjoyed traveling, shopping, their house boat, fishing and going to deer camp, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Judy was preceded in death by her first husband of 17 years, Harlon Bigham in 1982, her mother, Catherine Montgomery, her grandmother, Dollie Rusk, and a sister-in-law, Serena Roberts.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of almost 28 years and shared 35 years together, Tim T. Tomlinson of De Queen; one  son, J. Mark Bigham and his finance, Susan Logan of De Queen; one grandson, T.J. Bigham and fiance Paige Henry of De Queen; her step-children, Chad and Misty Tomlinson, Lynn and Michelle Tomlinson all of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Brandon and Angela Tomlinson of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Lexi and Ben Williams of Bristow, Oklahoma; her father, Manton Montgomery of De Queen; her brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Sheila Montgomery, her nephew, Brian Montgomery of De Queen; her nieces, Holly and her husband, Randy Rogers of De Queen, and Amy and her husband, Kalem Mickle of Lowell, Arkansas; her great niece, Candace Rogers of De Queen; her great-nephews, Chance Mickle of Lowell, Arkansas, and Spy Rogers of De Queen; and her aunt, Pat Wolcott of De Queen. She is also survived by her husband’s family, two brothers-in-law, Alvin Dale and his wife, Gail Tomlinson, and Thad and his wife, Margarita Tomlinson, all of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; a brother-in-law, Paul and his wife, Betty Roberts of Wright City, Oklahoma; seventeen step grandchildren, and eleven step-great-grandchildren. Special friends, Sharon and Spencer Logan, Kay and Mark Dunn, as well as, Sharon and Steve Chaney, Jerry and Virginia Petet, Sharon Phillips, Marian Chandler, Ed and Cindy Fulmer, Doug and Joan Hines, Sherri and Stanley Farley, John and Nancy While, Alyce Carole Mixon, Patti Smith, and Andy and Kimberly Fasken.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Judy Tomlinson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. Lynn Tomlinson, Bro. Roy Conatser, and Bro. Jimmy Jeter officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, October 26, 2018, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Eual Eldo Roberts

Mr. Eual Eldo Roberts, age 96, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born December 5, 1921, in Horatio. He was a security guard for Lone Star Army Depot, a member of the Williamson Community Church, enjoyed Horatio School sports, and was a United States Army Veteran.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Lura Pettigrew Roberts; his wives, Rosemary Gore Roberts and Bernice Roberts; his son, Tommy Eual “Moose” Roberts; two sisters, Georgia Slagel and Eula Young; one cousin, Ivy Roberts; and two daughters-in-law, Paula Sue Roberts and Alice Roberts.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Don and Anita Roberts of De Queen; one sister, Johnnie Gresham of Baytown, Texas; four grandchildren, Marianne Gandolph of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tiger Roberts of Angleton, Texas, Mondie Allen of Horatio, and Bobbie Harris of Whitehall, Arkansas; seven greatgrandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Roberts will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday the 26th at the funeral home.

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

Leonard Joe Woods

Mr. Leonard Joe Woods, age 76, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Little Rock, Arkansas, surrounded by his family.

He was born to Arvel Leonard and Betty Jo Rutherford Woods on July 19, 1942, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in English and Speech from the East Central College in Ada, Oklahoma. Leonard married the love of his life, Mary Ann Alexander, on August 16, 1963, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He was a devout Christian, loved the Lord, his family and his church family. He taught the adult Bible class at the De Queen Church of Christ, where he was a member and served as an Elder. He worked in the insurance business for 47 years, 43 of which he was an agent of Shelter Insurance in De Queen. He served as President for the De Queen Lions Club and the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the De Queen Industrial Board. He served as the Director and President for the Sevier County Little League, where he coached the De Queen Lions, with his son, Jeff. He enjoyed reading his bible, duck and quail hunting, traveling with his wife, but most of all, he truly cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his dear grandson, Layne Woods; his grandmother, Myrtle “Maw” Woods; and his brother, Larry Woods.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 55 years, Mary Ann Woods of De Queen; one son, Jeff Woods and his wife Allison of De Queen; two daughters, Staci Young and her husband Bobby, and Shelly Halter and her husband Rocky, all of De Queen; five grandchildren, Aundra Cobb and her husband Clint, Alex Young and his wife Michaela, Gage Woods, Eli Halter and Micah Halter; two great-grandchildren, Aubrie Smith and Ava Cobb; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host a friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Leonard Woods will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 19, 2018, in the De Queen Church of Christ, with Toney Stowers and James McRae, Ministers, officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., on Thursday, October 18th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jenean Gayle Chandler

Mrs. Jenean Gayle Chandler, age 57, a resident of Maud, Texas died Sunday, October 14, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 27, 1961, in New Boston, Texas. She was a homemaker and a waitress.

Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Patricia Mills Hillis and two daughters, Amy Chandler and Theresa Clary.

She is survived by her husband, John David Chandler; three sons, Donald Foster of New Boston, Randall Foster also of New Boston, and Rick Chandler of Granbury, Texas; two brothers, Larry Hillis and Hal Hillis; three sisters, Jackie Harris, Fritzi Hills-Baugh, and Terry Hammonds; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Mrs. Chandler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Mancil officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from Noon-2:00 p.m., Thursday before the service.

Floral donations may be made in her memory.

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

June Dee Beutelschies King

Mrs. June Dee Beutelschies King, age 93, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, October 11, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. King was born June 9, 1925, in Antimony, Arkansas. She graduated from Gillham High in 1942 and Texarkana Business College in December of 1942. Mrs. King was an executive for Sun Gas Company in Dallas, Texas for 30 years. In 1983 she and her husband, John, retired to De Queen where she volunteered for the Sevier County Historical Society and was appointed director of the Sevier County Museum that she helped establish.

Mrs. King was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Arminta Brummett Beutelschies; her husband of 72 years, John Leonard King; two brothers, Carl and Orville Beutelschies; and three sisters, Hazel Badger, Louise Jamison, and Ruby Cox.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dena and Dennis Mercer of Duncanville, Texas, Judy Hoofman of Euless, Texas, and Karen and John Davidsaver of Mountain Home, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, John C. and Marylynn King of Damascus, Maryland; eight grandchildren, Matt Mercer, Clint Woodall, Josh Mercer, Jenny Mercer, John Hoofman, Sam Clay, Natalie King, and Julie Ana King; 12 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. King will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at her church, the Legacy Center, in De Queen with Pastor Chad Gallagher officiating. Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

 

Mr. Freddy Crabtree

Mr. Freddy Edward Crabtree, Sr., age 45, a resident of Lockesburg, passed from this life on Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Robert Wayne Crabtree and Vickie Marie Allen on September 7, 1973, in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a Masonry and was of the Pentecostal faith. He enjoyed fishing, camping, sports and aggravating his loved ones, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; step-father, John Parker; his grandparents, Vivian Maass, Clearance Maass, and Carl Allen; uncles, Freddy Gean Allen and Gerald Friday; his aunt, Mary Irene Allen; and his cousins, Geraldine Willard and Chrissy Allen.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Wendy Crabtree of Lockesburg; one son, Freddy Edward Crabtree, Jr. of Montana; two step-children, Austin and Megan Dendy; his mother, Vickie Parker of Lockesburg; step-father, Roy Cagle; four brother, John Parker and his wife Sayana of Nashville, Bruce Parker and his wife Tiffany of Provo, Robert Crabtree and his wife Grace of Gunbarrel, Texas, and Don Crabtree of Lockesburg; two sisters, Margeret Cagle of Horatio, and Mary Regan and her husband Wendell of Texas; nieces and nephews, Peyton, Chelsea, Brooklynn, Frank, R.J., and many others; cousins, James (Buddy) Fitzgerald, Lee Roy Cook, Casandra Fitzgerald-Sykes, Carolyn Allen, James Cook, Jerry Allen, Barbie Holmes, Brenda Milton, Mary Mollenhauer, Gwen McKee and many others; aunts and uncles, Barbara Jackson, Carl Allen, Steve Allen, and Lawrence Allen; as well as, other relative and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Freddy Crabtree will be held at 12:00 P.M., Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 17th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Mildred Hodges

Mrs. Mildred Bogan Hodges, age 82, a resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to James Littleton and Allie Molein Gore Bogan on April 16, 1936, in Horatio, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Robert Hodges, Jr., on June 5, 1954, and to this marriage, four children were born. Mildred loved the Lord and taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years and she was also a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Lockesburg. She was very active in her community and was a member of the Extension Homemakers of Sevier County, having served as the “Queen for the Day.” She was an avid supporter of the county 4-H chapter, and she was the PTO President while her children were in school. She enjoyed deer and squirrel hunting, her flowers and going to Gospel Singings, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren, whom affectionately called her “Granny.”

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of over 64 years, Robert Hodges, Jr. of Horatio; four children, Melissa Dawn Liggin and her husband Willie of Horatio, Kayla Molein Hodges of Horatio, Bobby Littleton Hodges and his wife Teresa of Lockesburg, and John Allen Laster and his wife Dottie of New Braunfels, Texas; nine grandchildren, Labrada Vann and her husband Justin of Horatio, Ashley Lanford and her husband Justin of Columbus, Mississippi, Kirk Robert Hodges and his wife Tasha of Smithville, Oklahoma, Stephanie Laster of New Braunfels, Texas, Brandi Cole of De Queen, Trent Liggin and his wife Karen of Foreman, Robert Dale Heigle and his wife Chelsea of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Blake Laster and his wife Gwen of Tyler, Texas, and Jeffery Liggin and his wife Sara of Greenbrier; twelve great-grandchildren; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Hodges will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with her grandsons, Trent and Jeffery Liggin officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, October 15th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Ron Mills

Mr. Ronald Gene “Ronnie” Mills, age 68, a resident of De Queen, passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Teba Lewis and Willodeen Cox Mills on March 6, 1950, in Dallas, Texas. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam War. Ronnie retired from the Red River Army Depot in 2016, after 14 years service. After retirement, he opened Ron’s Boat and Trailer Repair in Sevier County where he served the fishermen and sportsmen alike with all their boat repair needs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hot rods and car shows, restoring cars, and he was particularly proud of his 2006 Chevrolet SSR. Most of all, Ronnie cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Teba Lewis Mills, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie Mills of De Queen; two sons, Ronald Tyler Mills of Jacksonville, Florida, and Justin Lee Mills and his wife Trish of Peoria, Arizona; two step-sons, Casey Jackson of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Zach Jackson of De Queen; his mother, Willodeen Mills Carey of De Queen; five grandchildren, Kayliana, Kinsley, and Kloey Mills, and Sunny and Charley Jackson; as well as, a special cousin, Greg Marshall of New Boston, Texas, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services with Navy rites will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 16th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Charles Currington

Charles Dewayne Currington, 85, of DeQueen passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018. He was born October 7, 1933 to the late C. P. and Willia Currington. In additions to his parents, one sister, Sherry Newton preceded him in death. Charles was Manager of Baldwin and had a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and served in the Army.

He is Survivors include his wife, Debra Currington; sister, Elaine Grigsby (Paul), Brother; Danny Currington (Melba), Daughter; Teresa Blakney (Rob), three sons: Lamar Currington (Shannon), Scott Currington and Tony Currington. Grandchildren; Lindsay and Steve Morris, Lee and Bri Blakney, Coy Bell, Caleigh Currington, Hannah Currington, Kelly Currington, Emilee Willison-Cameron Green, Carolyn Green. Step Children; Christina Lee, Rebekah and Billy Green and Shawn Lee.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Reynolds, Bro. Paul Grigsby and Bro. Rob Blakney officiating. Interment will follow in Rock Port Cemetery in Malvern.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Roller-Alcoa funeral home before the Funeral Service.

 

Ms. Maria Zarate

Maria Guadalupe Zarate Arellano, age 69, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from injuries received in an automobile accident in Polk County, Arkansas, near Iron Mountain.

She was born on February 17, 1949 in Juventino Rosas Guanajuato, Mexico, to Cayetano Arellano and Catalina Zarate.  She was a member of the Asamblea Apostolica de la fe en Cristo Jesus in De Queen.  She was retired from Tyson Foods with 17 years service, as well as a homemaker.  She enjoyed plants, pets, Christian music, yard sales, reading her Bible, singing in Church, and she cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Samuel Zarate, a grandson, Jose Luis, a brother, Alfredo Zarate, and a sister, Antonina Zarate.

She is survived by six daughters and sons-in-law, Juana Meza and her husband, Elias of Grannis, Rosalia Evans and her husband, Robert of Wickes, Virginia McCarley and her husband, Roger of Gillham, Leticia Bennett and her husband, Robert of Grannis, Cristina Estrada and her husband, Pedro of Nashville, and Faviola Zarate and Jose Delgado of Grannis, three sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel Rodriquez and his wife, Mayra of Little Rock, Juan Carlos Zarate and his wife, Kerrie also of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Victor Zarate and Jhanel Wilson of Grannis, a brother, a sister, 28 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Ms. Maria Zarate will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 13th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jose Chacon officiating.  Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, Grannis, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be Friday, October 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Danny Joe Litchford

Mr. Danny Joe Litchford, age 58, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died  Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born January 20, 1960, in Altus, Oklahoma. He worked for Domtar for 33 years.

Mr. Litchford was preceded in death by his father, James Litchford and one nephew, Michael Mooneyhan.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Brenda Manasco Litchford; his mother, Wanda Lane Litchford of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Jessica Glasgow of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Allen Glasgow of Springdale, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Wes Dowdy of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Pat and David Wester of Mineral Springs; six grandchildren, Lexi Simmons, Cadee Glasgow, Matthew Glasgow, Jacob Glasgow, Katie Barnes, and Laken Barnes; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Litchford will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Old Center Church in Horatio with Don Vaughn and Scott Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October the 11th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mr. T.J. Davis

He was born to James Lee and Carol Lynne King Davis on May 6, 1985, in Hope, Arkansas. He loved the Lord and was a member of the Lockesburg Church of Christ. He was baptized into the church on December 24, 2001. T.J. was a man of many skills and could do just about anything. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, listening to music, bow-hunting and carpentry work, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Lee Davis, and his grandparents, Dorothy Harrison, Ima Jeanne Smith and J.D. Davis.

He leaves to cherish his memory, four sons, Noah, Gabriel, Jedidiah, and Malachi Davis, all of Lockesburg; his mother, Lynne Davis of Lockesburg; three brothers, Jonathon Lee Davis of Lockesburg, Jaymes Quentin and his wife Shena Davis of Lockesburg, and Sgt. Stephen Louis Davis of Fort Bliss, Texas; two sisters, Regina Grubbs and her husband Craig, and Cassie Schroer and her husband Mark, all of Lockesburg; maternal grandparents, Paul and Frances King of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. T.J. Davis will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 7, 2018, in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Lockesburg, with Joe May, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Saturday, October 6th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Tommy Phelps

Mr. Thomas Charles “Tommy” Phelps, age 72, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma and former resident of Lockesburg, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, in a Paris, Texas hospital.

He was born to Joseph Franklin and Francis Wood Phelps on January 19, 1946, in Arkoma, Oklahoma. He worked in maintenance for the D&E TO&E Railroad for over 20 years. He attended church at the Old Center Holiness Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sarah Phelps in April of 1974; and a brother, Lonnie Phelps in 2012.

He is survived by two sisters, Lucille Dirickson of Horatio, Arkansas, and Louise Stinnett of Texarkana, Arkansas; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relative and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Tommy Phelps will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 6, 2018, in the Old Center Cemetery with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Rachel Delois Bell McRae

Mrs. Rachel Delois Bell McRae, age 80, was born to Willie A. Bell and Pearl Mae Haney on February 17, 1938, in King, Arkansas. They rang the Golden bell for her on Sunday, September 30, 2018.

She was a member of the Church of Christ and she dearly loved her family and her people.

Mrs. McRae was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim McRae; two sisters, Cora Plunk and Magel Winer; three brothers, Floyd, Melvin, and J.D. Bell; and one great grandchild, Alfredo Martinez.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Cynthia and Paul Davignon of Provo, Arkansas, Jody and Tammy McRae of De Queen, Arkansas, and Salina and Rogelio Rodriquez also of De Queen; six grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Amberly Davignon, Quinci Davignon, Danielle and Alfredo Martinez, Ariel and Bryan Stevens, Christian Rodriquez, and Miriam Rodriquez; eight great-grandchildren, Trevor, Lexi, and Ty Davignon, Sauyer Davignon, Sadie, Aubrie, and Macie Martinez, and Gatlin Salizar; 37 nieces and nephews and their families; one special niece, Wanda Staggs Cole; and hundreds of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McRae will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Toney Stowers officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 2nd at the funeral home.

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

Opal D. Hobbs

Mrs. Opal D. Osborn Hobbs, age 95, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Dierks.

She was born September 6, 1923 in Vandervoort, Arkansas, to Quinn and Ella Ray Osborn. She was a Beautician and a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks. Mrs. Hobbs loved her church and good singing, she enjoyed gardening, her family, friends, and most of all her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother and a loving wife and always good for a home cooked meal. She will be greatly missed by all of her loving family and friends.

Mrs. Hobbs was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, I.E. “Buddy” Hobbs; one grandson, Drew Walston; one brother, Billie Joe Osborn and one sister Jewel Deal.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Jr. Nichols of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Judy and Phil Walston of Dierks; one son Butch Hobbs of Dierks; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, as well as extended family and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hobbs will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Bro. Craig Chambers and Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service on Wednesday at the church.

Viewing will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 2nd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Mr. Roger Nunn

Mr. Roger Louis Nunn, Sr., age 62, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at his home.

He was born to Fredrick Rollie and Betty Marie Reeves Nunn on August 19, 1956, in Lebanon, Oregon. He was employed by Tyson Foods and enjoyed fishing, CB radios and model cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Britta Kiepen Nunn, in 2014; his son, Roger Louis Nunn, Jr.; and two brothers, Fredrick Nunn and Melvin Ross Nunn.

He is survived by three sisters, Veronica Moe and her husband Marvin of Lebanon, Oregon, Judy Solis and her husband Jerry of Baytown, Texas, and Donnell Hart of Kemp, Texas; two brothers, Robert Nunn and his wife Earlene of Lebanon, Oregon and Rollie Nunn and his wife Sadie of Cove, Arkansas; as well as, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Roger Nunn has graciously donated his body to science. Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

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