Saturday, January 28, 2023

Obituaries

 

Robert J. Knighten

Mr. Robert J. Knighten, age 89, resident of Foreman, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in Haworth, Oklahoma.

Robert was born the second of thirteen children to Robert Wallace and Dorothy Dean Harrington Knighten on August 20, 1933, in Foreman. Robert married the love of his life, Mary Sue Edwards, on February 8, 1958, in Sulphur Springs, Texas. To this union, four sons and one daughter were born. Robert was a farmer, welder by trade, and for more than twenty-eight years, worked the hay fields for a number of farmers in our area. Robert and Sue are members of the Free Holiness Church, where they both served on the Winthrop Camp Meeting Board for 25 years. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He best spent his time with Sue, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leroy Knighten, Johnny Dale Knighten, A.C. Knighten, and Bill Knighten; and four sisters, Sherry Ruth Simmons, Ethel Marie Nunn, Rosie Clark, and Joy Faye Lockaby.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over sixty-four years, Sue Knighten of Foreman; four sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Don Knighten of Winthrop, Larry Duaine “Doodle” and Kathy Knighten of Winthrop, Michael Lee and Crissy Knighten of Foreman, and Raylon Ladell Knighten of Foreman; one daughter and son-in-law, LaDonna Sue and James Bushey of Foreman; thirteen grandchildren, Jessica Ridge, Joann Dickerson, Kamrynn Knighten, Doodle Knighten, Justin Michael Knighten, Dustin Robert Knighten, Mason Lee Knighten, Mabree Knighten, Keith Bushey, Dakota Bushey, Ashley Sue Bushey, Patience Carney, and Patrick Carney, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren, Angela, Ashur, Noah, Declan, Kason, Leah, Hadlee, and Corbyn Tate; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wallace Edward and Margaret Knighten of Foreman, Simon Joseph Knighten of Foreman, and Charles David and Jenise Knighten of Foreman; one sister, Rachel Knighten of Booneville; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Knighten will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Winthrop with Bros. Billy Don Weeks, Tracy Welch, and Audie Dawson officiating. Interment will follow at Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

Royce Gene Walker

Royce Gene Walker, affectionately known as “BooPaw” age 78, a resident of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 21, 2023 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born October 23, 1944 at Falls Chapel in his mother’s home. He was a member of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in De Queen. He was owner and operator of Walker Sand & Gravel. Royce loved running his bulldozer, his family, traveling and spending time outdoors. He always loved telling jokes and laughing with friends.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Robbie Gene and Ola Mae Tapp Walker; two brothers, Robert Lewis Walker and Denny Ray Walker.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Harvey Walker of Lockesburg; one son, Bobby and Margie Walker of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three daughters, Jodi and Steven Brackett of Lockesburg, June and Tony Ralls of De Queen, Jennifer and Darvin Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas; one sister, Vonda and Claude Holloway of Hot Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brittany Walker, Ciarra Walker, Brandi Lynne Going, Trey Gentry, Trent Gentry, Madison Ralls, Jessica Youngblood, Shandi Youngblood; great grandchildren, Gracie Going, Logan Going and Thomas “Tripp” Walker Gentry and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Walker will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Keith Lyons officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jehovah’s Witnesses, 900 Red Mills Road, Wallkill, New York 12589-3223.

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

 

 

Mitchell Ward Wilson

Mr. Mitchell “Mitch” Ward Wilson, age 61, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at his home.
Mitchell was born May 17, 1961, in Ozark, Arkansas to Johnny and Joanne Wilson. Mitchell attended Cossatot Vocational College in De Queen and graduated from Northeast Louisiana Vocational School in 1979. In 1980, Mitch joined the United States Army, having served overseas and stateside. He later joined the Army National Guard and took a final honorable discharge in 1989. He was an accomplished carpenter and known to be jack of all trades who loved using his talents to help others. Mitchell was a patriot and was very supportive of the armed forces. He was a Christian who was passionate about the scripture of the bible. He enjoyed guns, history, music, duck hunting, fixing things, helping others, taking care of his mother, his pets, and was a faithful mentor and supporter to others in need. Most of all, Mitchell cherished the time spent with his family, especially his granddaughter, Finley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Wilson; his former wife, Nancy Wilson; one brother, Eddie Wilson; and his aunt, Patsy Raible.
Mitchell leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter and son-in-law, Kelsey and Bobby Craig of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son, John Wilson of Seattle, Washington; his grand-daughter, Finley Craig of Texarkana, Arkansas; his mother, Joanne Wilson of De Queen, Arkansas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Chad and Maggie Wilson of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Wade and Misty Wilson of Nashville, Arkansas; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

The family of Mr. Mitchell Wilson will receive friends from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Thursday, February 2, 2023, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment, with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

Bonnie Irene “Graves” Hogg

Bonnie Irene Graves Hogg, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away at her home in the presence of her family on Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Bonnie was born on October 10, 1941 in Greens Chapel Community. She was a member of Greens Chapel United Methodist Church and was a deputy Circuit Clerk for 22 years. She graduated from Dierks High School in 1959. She loved working in her flower beds, and loved her children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry Floyd Graves and Lucile Reid Repp Graves; one brother, James Floyd Graves, one son, Timothy Scott Hogg and one grandson, Samuel Nelson Hogg.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald Hogg, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Suzanne Hogg, one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Scott White, one granddaughter, Savannah Hogg; two grandsons, Jenson and Lawson White, one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Windell and Judy Hogg, niece Wendy Hogg Oaks and nephew, Andy Hogg.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hogg will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023 in the Greens Chapel Methodist Church with Bro. Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the funeral home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association, 11300 N Rodney Parham Rd Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72212.

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

 

 

 

Delfina Alcocer Vidal

Mrs. Delfina Alcocer Vidal, age 96, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at home with family by her side.

Delfina was born on December 24, 1926, in Mexico to Benjamin Alcocer and Domitilda Vidal, one of three children. Delfina married the love of her life, Isauro Lopez, in 1944. She was a homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. More than anything, Delfina cherished the time spent with her children and many grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Isauro Lopez; children, Balberto Lopez, Esteban Lopez, Victorina Lopez, Juan Lopez, Dionicio Lopez, and two infant daughters; one brother, Costancio Alcocer; and one sister, Luisa Alcocer.

Delfina leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Francisco Lopez of De Queen, Vicente Lopez of De Queen, and Eladio Lopez of Nashville; four daughters, Balbina Lopez of De Queen, Eusebia Lopez of De Queen, Alberta Lopez of De Queen, and Ambrosia Lopez Alvarado of Springdale; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Delfina Alcocer Vidal will be held at 12:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in the Msgr. Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Father Ramses Mendietta will officiate. Interment will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M., to 5:00 P.M., Monday; 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., with reciting of Rosary to begin at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday; and 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

Victor James Smith, Jr.

Victor James Smith, Jr., age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, January 20, 2023 at his home.

He was born October 6, 1957 in Mr. Clemens, Michigan. He was a man who loved his family, his God and his work. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, a CPA, and worked in banking. He love the outdoors and spending time with loved ones.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Victor James Smith, Sr. and Betty Joyce Pence Smith; and a son, Kevin Lewis Castillo.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Paula Pearce Smith; one son, Brentley James Smith; one daughter Kaytlon Ann Everitt; one brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Tommi Smith of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Venee and Terry Hetrick of California; his mother-in-law, Shirley Pearce of De Queen; brother-in-law, Richard and wife Monica Pearce of De Queen; sister-in-law, Jimna and husband Doug Stinnett of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Vic Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2023 at the funeral home.

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

 

Nancy Jean Sisk

Nancy Jean Sisk, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, January 19, 2023 at her home.

She was born April 30, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. Nancy enjoyed fishing, flowers and loved her Dr. Peppers. She was retired from De Queen public school cafeteria.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Daisy Davison Gillespie; one daughter, Lisa Wilcox; one son, Levi Terry; a brother and a sister, Dick Gillespie and Rosalee Bailey.

She is survived by one child and two sons-in-law, Johnna Churchwell and husband, Jessy; son-in-law, Ronnie Willcox, brother-in-law, R.L. Bailey, sister-in-law, Sue Gillespie; grandchildren, Derek Ashalintubbi, Craig and Dorina Bryant, Dakota and Beth Wilcox, Keffier and Brandy Wilcox, Ashley and Kwadon Watson, Codi and Jeffery Pannell, Cortney Johnson and Charlee Churchwell; special friends, Josh and Natalie, Bobby Ward and Cory and Leona and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Richard Alton Tomlinson

Mr. Richard Alton Tomlinson, age 48, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, January 16, 2023 at his home.

He was born August 8, 1974 in Eupora, Mississippi. Richard was most recently employed at Weyerhaeuser but spent most of his career in law enforcement. He was a firefighter, a master diver, logger and a United States Army Veteran. Richard enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one uncle Ed.

Richard is survived by his wife, Becky Jones Tomlinson of Dierks; children, Meagan Tomlinson Pry and husband Chris of Glenwood, Arkansas, Tyler Tomlinson and wife McKayla of Oklahoma, Taylor Tomlinson of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; stepchildren, Jared Lambeth of Horatio, Arkansas, Megan and Garrett Hutchison of De Queen, Arkansas, Hunter Lambeth of De Queen; father and stepmother, Pete and Janet Tomlinson of Mississippi; mother and stepfather, Trish and Marion Riley of Murfreesboro; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Sissy Tomlinson of Murfreesboro; two sisters and a brother-in-law Rhiannon and John Bailey of Murfreesboro, Machel Cox of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Lilly Tomlinson- Pry, Kami Tomlinson-Pry, Adriel Tomlinson- Pry, Garrett Tomlinson and River Tomlinson; nephews, Hunter Tomlinson, Logan Tomlinson, Cooper Tomlinson, Gage Bailey, Grayson Bailey, Garren Bailey, Eli (Lil Leroy) Cox; three special friends, Boots Donaldson, Ninja and David Shelby.

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

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

If you are experiencing difficult thoughts you are not alone, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 988.

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

Vera Fays Walters “Faye”

Vera Fays Walters “Faye “age 89, a resident of Thatcher, Arizona passed January 7, 2023 at her resident in the Beehive. Faye was born February 8, 1934 in Arkansas.

Proceed in death are her parents, William Alton McCarley and Joyce Baker; two brothers, Doyle and Gordon McCarley.

Faye is survived by her daughter Yolande Pace ( JD ), of Thatcher and a son, Deveral Walters of New Mexico. She has 3 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Faye always loved living in Arkansas. No matter where she was she always thought of it as her home.

Her mother died when she was only 2 years of age. When Faye was a teen her father moved her and her 2 brothers to Quemado, New Mexico. She was voted prettiest girl of the senior class. She went on to college in Las Cruses. She loved playing girls softball there. She moved back to Quemado and there she met her future husband, a rancher named Gerald Walters. They were married September 20, 1954. After living in New Mexico for 15 years they moved their family to Duncan, Arizona, where Gerald took on a new role of farming. Faye enjoyed it. She even learned to irrigate and start a water hose. It wasn’t long before she was invited to apply at the Valley National Bank in Duncan. She loved working there . She learned fast and did very well. Soon she was transferred to the Safford Branch. Her last transfer was to the Willcox Branch, where she became assistant manager.

On September 21,1990 Faye’s father died. Faye took an early retirement from the Bank, packed up and moved to Arkansas, to run her father’s farm. Faye’s husband died in 2006. Faye continued to live on the farm for many more years, until she was no longer able to live alone. At this time she returned to Thatcher, Arizona to be near family. She was never happy in Arizona and wanted to return to Arkansas. With her health declining she needed her family’s help.

Faye was very smart and talented. She could usually do the things she set her mind to. She was a good cook. She could sew, and made most of the family clothes as they grew up. She once did a good job upholstering a couch. She liked to ride horses. There was a time she got bucked off and received a concussion. She was very athletic and liked to run when she was younger.

Graveside service for Faye will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 23, 2023 at Baker Cemetery in Grannis, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2023 at the funeral home.

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

Kelly Roberson

Kelly Gene Roberson, age 54, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 20, 1968 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser. He loved the Razorbacks, fishing and his dog, Blue.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Roberson; his step-father, Larry House; grandparents, Ruby F. Sharp and Essie Westbrook Eudy, Jack, Alene and Dorothea House; aunts, Clarice Roden, Janice Duggan and Judy Eudy; uncles Colvin Roden, Herschel Eudy, Charles Eudy, Kevin House and cousin, Connie Helms.

Kelly is survived by his mother, Audrey Sue House; his children, Kara Moore (Antonio), Victoria Roberson and Kyler Roberson; his grandchildren, AJ, Ali and Kayleigh Ikemire and Kaiden Moore; two step-sisters, Chandra Budd (Chris) and Lacy Schwab (James); aunts, Shirley Eudy, Denise Schnek (Don), Joan Isham (Joe), Barbara Chambers (Scott); uncles, Vernon Eudy (Connie), Dennis Duggan (Kay), Troy House (Rhonda); nieces, Allison Ellison and Maggie Budd; nephews, Joshua and Oliver Schwab; special cousins, Brian and Misti Eudy and a host of cousins, family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Russell Eudy officiating. Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Dierks on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. before the service and there will be a visitation after the service.

The family request that everyone wear Arkansas Razorback attire.

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

 

 

Ms. Barbara Rightmire

Ms. Barbara Jean Rightmire, age 84, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in De Queen.

Barbara was born July 9, 1938, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Edmond Sparks and Dora Mae Wilburn Rightmire. She was a 1956 graduate of Mena High School and member of the First Baptist Church. Barbara worked many years for Poulan in Nashville and enjoyd reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Kenneth Eugene Rightmire, Virginia Ann Shaw, Bobby Charles Rightmire, Jackie Neal Rightmire, Francis Carol Bailey, and Roger Earl Rightmire.

Barbara is survived by a half-brother, Joe Edward Rightmire; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. James Hall

Mr. James Edward Hall, age 84, resident of Decatur, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022, in Decatur, Texas.

James was born one of five sons to Robert Edward and Elsie Mae Perrin Hall on February 11, 1938, in Athens, Arkansas. He was a 1956 graduate of Horatio High School and later married the love of his life, Dorothy Marie VanMeter, on June 4, 1958. To this union, two sons were born. James worked his career as a poultry farmer, growing for Tyson Foods and Pilgim’s Pride. He and Dorothy also owned Surplus Sales in De Queen. He was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ, and enjoyed hunting, sports, and collecting cars. James best spent his time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Greg Hall; one grandchild, Isabella Hall; and three brothers, Roger Hall, Cephis Hall, and Doug Hall.

James leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over sixty-four years, Dorothy Hall of Decatur, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Amy Hall of Paradise, Texas; two granddaughters and their fiancés, Maddy Hall and Corbin Aaen, and Addison Hall and Trenton Cottrell, all of Paradise, Texas; one brother, Lemuel Hall; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. James Hall will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the Horatio Church of Christ with Minister Bobby Tatum officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mary Jo “Momma Jo” Vaughn Bartlett Campbell

Mary Jo “Momma Jo” Vaughn Bartlett Campbell, age 94, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Monday, January 16, 2023 at her home.

She was born March 29, 1928 in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio. She enjoyed crochet, reading and loved dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enoch H. Wilson and Mary Jo Alah Thompson Cox; her husbands, Jack Vaughn, John D. Bartlett and Troy Campbell; one daughter, Kay McKaughan; her sisters and brothers-in-law, John Bea and Orville Howe, Charlie and Carl Cox, Jean and Bob James, Margaret and Ray Romine.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheri and Ronald Stephens of Horatio, Arkansas and Pam and Kelly Gage of New Boston, Texas; one son, Donnie Vaughn of De Queen; grandchildren, Chad and Laurie Stephens of Lockesburg, Vaughn and Tabby Stephens of Bentonville, Will and Arin Gray of Austin, Texas, Kyle and Kelcey Gray of Austin, Texas April Deleon of Tyler, Texas, Misty and Brad Kinnett of Tyler, Texas Jennifer and Joey Roth of Owasso, Oklahoma, Jackie Vaughn of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scarlett and Rodney Hamilton of Texarkana, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2023 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Bennie Hendrix “Honey” Griffin

 

Bennie Hendrix “Honey” Griffin, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, January 16, 2023 at Little River Health and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born March 17, 1939 in Frog Level, Arkansas. He worked for D&E Railroad for twenty-seven years.

Bennie was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin F. and Callie Ann Ayers Griffin; four brothers, Hubert Griffin, John “Toots” Griffin, Kenneth Griffin and Clarence “Doodle” Griffin; two sisters, Marilyn St. John and Sue Muumuu.

He is survived by his wife, Martie Runnels Griffin; one son, Bennie Wayne Griffin and wife Dina of De Queen; two daughters, Glenda Suggs of De Queen and Shelley Griffin of De Queen; five grandchildren, Sharla Minor (PJ) of De Queen, Darla Fawcett (RB) of Winthrop and Jr. Griffin (Nichole) of Lockesburg, Caitlyn Massey (Patrick) of De Queen and Catherine Davis of Texarkana; ten great grandchildren, Rickar, Ryder, Riley, Pressley-Kate Fawcett, Lexie, Landrie, Livie Minor, , Greyson Swain, Mariah Massey and Gunner Griffin on the way.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Margarita Lorena Landaverde Olvera

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Margarita Lorena Landaverde Olvera. God came for her on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. She was a very hard working woman. She would often work long hours for her family to make ends meet. She loved bargain shopping and leggings. God rest her soul, and may she always know she is remembered here by those who knew and loved her. We know she is with us from Heaven, and we will forever carry her with love and honor in our hearts. May she bask in God’s glory in Heaven and rest in the Lord’s love, joy, peace, and grace in her new heavenly home free from sorrow, worry, and pain. She won her battle with cancer through Jesus the moment she took her last breath here and her first in her new body in Heaven. She left this world with her daughter Lorena by her side and knowing she was loved and cared for by those closest to her. Praise God we will join you one day and see your smiling face once again!

Margarita Lorena was predeceased by her beloved parents J. Asencion Landaverde Medina and Rita Olvera Mayorga, a brother Antioquio Medina.

Margarita Lorena leaves behind her beloved children Demetrio and his wife Alejandra, Yolanda and her husband Andy, Hirayma, Lorena and her husband Eduardo; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A celebration of our mother Margarita Lorena life will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023 in El Centro Cristiano with Pastor Eduardo Abril officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2023 at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Con gran pesar anunciamos el fallecimiento de nuestra querida madre Margarita Lorena Landaverde Olvera. Dios vino por ella el Martes, 10 de Enero del 2023, después de una breve y valiente batalla contra el cáncer. Era una mujer muy trabajadora. En ocasiones trabajaba largas horas para completar para los gastos del hogar. Le encantaba ir de compras siempre buscando una buena oferta y amaba los mallones. Dios de paz a su alma, y que siempre sepa que es recordada aquí por quienes la conocieron y la amaron. Sabemos que ella está con nosotros desde el Cielo, y siempre la llevaremos con amor y honor en nuestros corazones. Que disfrute de la gloria de Dios en el Cielo y descanse en el amor, el gozo, la paz y la gracia del Señor en su nuevo hogar celestial libre de tristeza, preocupación y dolor. Ella ganó su batalla contra el cáncer a través de Jesús en el momento en que tomó su último aliento aquí y el primero en su nuevo cuerpo en el Cielo. Dejó este mundo con su hija Lorena a su lado y sabiendo que era amada y cuidada por sus seres más cercanos. ¡Alabado sea Dios, nos reuniremos con ella un día y veremos su rostro sonriente una vez más!

Margarita Lorena fue precedida en muerte por sus amados padres J. Asencion Landaverde Medina y Rita Olvera Mayorga, un hermano Antioquio Medina.

Margarita Lorena deja atrás a sus amados hijos Demetrio y su esposa Alejandra, Yolanda y su esposo Andy, Hirayma, Lorena y su esposo Eduardo; 11 nietos y 6 bisnietos.

Una celebracion a la vida de nuestra madre Margarita Lorena se llevara a cabo a la 1:00 p.m., del Sabado 14 de Enero de 2023 en la Iglesia El Centro Cristiano de De Queen con el Pastor Eduardo Abril oficiando. El entierro seguirá en el cementerio de Chapel Hill en De Queen bajo la dirrección de Wilkerson Funeral Home.

La familia recibirá a los amigos desde las 5:00p.m. a las 7:00p.m. el Viernes 13 de Enero de 2023 en la funeraria de De Queen.

Puede dejar una condolencia en linea en www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Ronald Royce Butler

Ronald Royce Butler, age 71, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

He was born December 26, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mr. Butler was self-employed carpenter, and a member of De Queen Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Vietnam.

Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents, Bowden and Tressie Duke Butler and one brother, David Butler.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Gage Butler of De Queen; two sons, Jared Butler of De Queen and Trevor Butler of Box Elder, South Dakota; three grandsons, Tom Butler, Gavin Butler, Koen Butler; two brothers, Bobby Butler of Mena, Arkansas and Kenneth Butler of Wilton, Arkansas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Gary Kelley of Carrollton, Texas, Glenda and Charles Shooke of Nash, Texas; Joyce and Pat Gore of Ashdown, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Butler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2023 in Smyrna Cemetery with Toney Stowers officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday. January 12, 2023 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Ivan Tadeo Quintana Perez

 

El bebé Iván Tadeo Quintana Pérez, de 5 meses, residente de De Queen, Arkansas, murió el Miércoles 4 de Enero de 2023 en el Arkansas Children’s Hospital en Little Rock, Arkansas.

Nació el 26 de Julio de 2022 en Texarkana, Texas.

Le sobreviven sus padres, Luis Fernando Quintana y Estrella Guadalupe Arroyo Pérez; tres hermans, Antonia Quintana de Mexico, Shayal Quintana y Yaritza Quintana; un hermano, Christian Quintana todos de De Queen; Padrinos, Joel y Juanita Quintana; cuatro tios, Alejandro Quintana, Sergio Quintana, Avelino Hernández Pérez y Gonzalo Hernández Pérez todos de De Queen; una tia, Ana Santiago de De Queen; abuelos paternos, Cirila y Salvador Quintana; abuelos maternos, Irma Hernandez Perez.

Los servicios funerarios para el babe Ivan se llevarán a cabo el Jueves 12 de Enero de 2023 a la 1:00p.m. en la capilla de Wilkerson Funeral Home con el Pastor Horatio Sotelo oficiando. El entierro seguirá en el Cementerio Redmen bajo la dirección de Wilkerson Funeral Home en De Queen.

La familia recibirá a los amigos de 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m., del Miércoles 11 de Enero de 2023 en la funeraria.

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Baby Ivan Tadeo Quintana Perez, 5 months, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born July 26, 2022 in Texarkana, Texas.

He is survived by his parents, Luis Fernando Quintana and Estrella Guadalupe Arroyo Perez; three sisters, Antonia Quintana of Mexico, Shayal Quintana and Yaritza Quintana; one brother, Christian Quintana all of De Queen; Godparents, Joel and Juanita Quintana; four uncles, Alejandro Quintana, Sergio Quintana, Avelino Hernandez Perez and Gonzalo Hernandez Perez all of De Queen; one aunt, Ana Santiago of De Queen; paternal grandparents, Cirila Juarez and Salvador Quintana; maternal grandparents, Irma Hernandez Perez.

Funeral services for baby Ivan will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2023 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Horatio Sotelo officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

Billy Gene Pearce

Billy “Bill” Gene Pearce passed from this life January 3, 2023 at the age of 88 years and one day. Bill was born January 2, 1935 to Paul S. and Beulah Byrum Pearce in Dixie, Oklahoma.
On April 9, 1955 he married the love of his life, Mary Louise Wray. Together they shared 67 years of devoted marriage. To this union they welcomed one son, Billy and one daughter, Sandy.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Gladys and W.D. Wray, Sr., two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bob and Ruth Pearce, Betty Pearce, and Jim Pearce and one nephew, Robert Pearce.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; son, Billy and daughter-in-law Jody, daughter Sandy and her husband Joe Silvestri of Sarasota, Florida; grandchildren, Stevey Pearce of Huntsville, Arkansas, Eric and Rachelle Pearce of De Queen, Kelly Pearce of Tacoma, Washington, and Erica Silvestri of Charlotte, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Connor, Mackenzee, Phoebe, Nathan, Lucie, Norah-Kate, Samuel, Waylon, and Jackson. He also leaves his brother, Jack Pearce of De Queen, a sister-in-law, Shirley Pearce and W.D. Wray, Jr., and wife, Sandy as well as a number of special nieces, nephews, and friends.
Bill dearly loved all of his family, but especially doted on his great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed nothing better than sharing his wisdom and wit with all who would listen and sometimes, even those who didn’t want to listen. He and Mary Lou spent many times hunting, fishing, and traveling around the state with their mothers, their children, and grandchildren. In later years, their great-grandchildren brought much joy to their lives as they were introduced to his brand of humor and gruffness. For all that gruffness, they have always known they were loved and cherished.
Known by all simply as “Dad”, he shared his proudest achievement in this life was marrying Mary Lou. He held no regrets and wished for nothing more of this world after meeting her and creating their family together.
Funeral services for Mr. Pearce will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2023 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel with Jack Pearce officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Royce Gene Steed

Mr. Royce Gene Steed, age 72, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

He was born June 28, 1950 in Bodcaw, Arkansas. Royce retired from the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electrician Senior Chief. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Mineral Springs. He loved all his family but especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to talk to people and really enjoyed teaching and telling stories about the Navy.
Mr. Steed was preceded in death by his parents, A.O. and Clara Harrison Steed and a daughter-in-law, Wanetta Steed.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy K. Steed; one daughter, Deana J. Steed of Mineral Springs; one son, Christopher Steed of Marshall, Texas; grandsons, Garrett Lanicek (Tabitha) of Glenwood, Arkansas and Royce Gene Lanicek of Mineral Springs; three great grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard Steed of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Ronnie and Joan Steed of Texarkana, Texas, Randy Steed of Nash, Texas, Robert and Martha Steed of Longview, Texas; his extended family, Donald and Cathy Ballard, JoAnn and Chuck Martin, Carol and Jim Stockman, Pam and Wayne Warden and a very special family that was loved by Pop’s and his special dog Lil Bit and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Steed will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2023 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Mineral Springs with Dallas Kesterson and Paul Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Coulter Memorial Garden in Lockesburg, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Smith

Charles Wilburn Smith of Horatio, Arkansas, went to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior on December 27, 2022 at the age of 90 years old. He was born on December 3, 1932, to Fannie Martha Jane Green Smith and Samuel Franklin Smith in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Arkansas, and a member of First Baptist Church, Horatio.
Wilburn, as he was known to those who loved him, was a man of many talents and he worked in a variety of positions over his lifetime including farmer, ice cream truck driver, cement plant employee, and bank officer and director. He was a talented welder and handyman and even trademarked his invention the “hitch-up”, which has been purchased in all 50 states. He was an avid outdoorsman and shared his love of hunting, fishing, camping, and boating with many dear friends and family. Wilburn enjoyed watching Westerns on TV, reading Louis L’Amour books, and the music of Elvis and Johnny Cash, which he listened to on repeat in his truck with his pride and joy, his grandson. He was a community and church volunteer and especially enjoyed working with the Food Pantry in Horatio. He loved God, his wife, and his family and he made sure to express that often.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Edith Ann Hendrix Smith of Horatio, AR; his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Michael Griffin of Texarkana, AR; his grandson, Matthew Reece Griffin of Los Angeles, California; his sister-in-law, Jan Hendrix of Horatio, AR; his nephew and his wife Ned and Dani Hendrix of Horatio, AR; his niece and her husband, Liz and Todd Trimble of Horatio, AR; and many other beloved extended family members.
The family would like to give special thanks to Chambers Hospice; Brookdale Senior Living; his devoted caregivers of recent months Theresa Billy and Rosa Lopez; his loving caregivers of many years Laurie Melton, Sue Mann, and Evelyn Yandell; and his special friends Rose and Paul Martin.
Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2023 in the First Baptist Church in Horatio with Bro. Bill Ashburn officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
A private family burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita St. Arkadelphia, AR 71998.
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Mr. J.D. Vaught

Mr. Jesse Donald Vaught, known far and wide as J.D., passed peacefully from this life on Monday, December 26, 2022. J.D. passed away after having attained the age of eighty-two years, at home in Horatio with his children and grandchildren by his side
J.D. was born the fourth of six children to Felbert Ollie and Bertie Mae Miller Vaught on January 30, 1940, in Battiest, Oklahoma. He was a 1958 graduate of Gillham High School, and on December 24, 1958, he married the love of his life, Linda Lee Whisenhunt, in Gillham. To this union, four children were born. J.D. began work clearing rite-of-ways in the area before purchasing the family farm in Grannis in 1963. Here, J.D. and Linda began what would become a faith-filled life of family, farming, and fellowship. In 1970, J.D. and family moved to Horatio to continue the family farm. Over the years, J.D. raised cattle, hogs, chickens, sheep, horses, and mules, and enjoyed hunting, occasionally fishing, antique trucks, and collecting land for future generations. He served on a number of boards and organizations, including Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Horatio School Board, and Sevier County Quorum Court. J.D. was also instrumental in founding the Pork Producer’s Association and Grannis Trail Riders. J.D. founded the second contract hog farm in Southwest Arkansas and was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences with new and experienced farmers of our area and beyond. Born from his willingness to help and advise others, J.D. will be posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame on March 3, 2023. J.D. best spent his time with his loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over fifty years, Linda Lee Vaught; one sister, Sue Guire; and one infant brother, Jerry Delton Vaught.
J.D. leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Carla Vaught of Mena; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joey and Lori Vaught, Jon and DeAnn Vaught, and Jason and Emilee Vaught, all of Horatio; seven grandchildren, Jade Chandler (Japheth) May, Caitlan Vaught, Brittanee (Cameron) Hankins, Shyann (Will) Jacobs, Josie (Tyler) Miller, Tanner (Alexandra) Vaught, and Ryan Vaught; nine great-grandchildren, Rylee, Avah, Jace, Jarett, Annalee, Jon Paul, J.T., Levi, and Eloise; his siblings, Ruby Emerson of Texarkana, Felton (Carolyn) Vaught of Gillham, and Shirley Wells of Grannis; as well as a number of cousins, special nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. J.D. Vaught will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 30, 2022, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Hill and Minister David Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow at Old Center Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the J.D. and Linda Vaught Memorial Scholarship, c/o Horatio State Bank.

 

 

Mr. Willie Adams

Mr. William Jean Adams, Sr., age 70, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, December 22, 2022, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.
Willie, as he was known to family and friends, was born one of four children to J.E. and Mable Elizabeth Smith Adams on February 18, 1952, in Nashville, Arkansas. Willie attended school in Blevins and later, on June 19, 1971, married the love of his life, Genetta McWhorter, in McCaskill, Arkansas. Willie worked more than forty years for Coy Wiles Tire Company in De Queen, and later worked nine years for the Sevier County Road Department. Willie and Genetta were faithful members of the De Queen First Assembly of God where he served in a number of capacities. Willie had a servant heart and served more than fifteen years in maintenance for the church, as well as more than twenty years on the Church Board of Directors, and many years as a Deacon. He taught Sunday School and led the men’s “Ironman Ministry”. Willie found joy driving the church vans, making it possible for a number of children to come to church, who otherwise would not be able. Willie enjoyed woodworking, piddling, fishing, camping, and cooking breakfast. More than anything, he cherished the time spent with Genetta, their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Adams; his loving wife of over fifty years, Genetta Adams; one sister, Reta Bradley; and one brother-in-law, David Smith.
Willie leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, William Jean Adams, Jr. and Stacey of Bauxite, and Mark Jonathan Adams and Stacy of Alma; he was “PawPaw” to his four doting grandchildren, Lacey (Ryan) Leonard of Norfolk, Virginia, William Jace Adams of Bauxite, Alyssa Lee Adams of Alma, and Jonathan Ripley Adams of Alma; two great-grandchildren, Isabella Jonnette Leonard and Maddison Rose Leonard; his mother, Mable Adams of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Adams of De Queen; one sister, Susie Smith of De Queen; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, the De Queen Fist Assembly of God Family, and a host of friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Willie Adams will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later time at Old Union Cemetery in Lockesburg. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 28th, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Levi Davis, Jr.

Levi Davis, Jr., passed from his earthly life to be with his Lord and Savior on December 24, 2022, after a long battle with cancer and its complications. His family was with him holding his hands when he left this world, and he will be greatly missed. He was born May 15, 1943, to the late Levi Davis, Sr., and Vivian Vaughn Davis at their home in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, on the banks of the Little Red River.
Levi worked from his early years picking cotton with his parents as they traveled from farm to farm. He also hauled hay and did other odd jobs during his youth. He was never without a job. He graduated from DeQueen High School in 1963 and went on to earn both a Bachelor Degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from Louisiana Tech University. His college years were interrupted when he served a tour of duty in Vietnam as an E4 Specialist in the 266th Chemical Division of the U.S. Army. He was proud of his time in the military and was especially proud of his time in Vietnam. Levi loved this country and took an active role in politics. Many in Drew County will remember his frequent, spirited letters to the Editor of the Advance Montecellonian expressing his views on some political candidate or issue.
To say Levi loved his family and friends is a gross understatement. They were his world. He was married to Linda Kupper Davis from May 31, 1969, until the day he passed away. He was an extremely proud and loving father and grandfather. He loved to travel and took his wife and children on countless trips exploring the United States, particularly the western states and Alaska. He hunted and fished with his children whenever he had a chance and taught them the love he had for wildlife and nature. Above all else, he was a loyal, dedicated husband, father, and friend. He will be remembered as a strong, honest man whose word was his bond and whose integrity and character were some of his highest qualities.

In addition to his parents, Levi and Vivian Davis, he is preceded in death by his sister, Novadean Davis Shelton.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Kupper Davis; his son, Ward Davis and wife Natalie Hale Davis, their three daughters, Amelia Davis, Vivian Davis, and Henley Lakes; his daughter, Susan Davis Phillips and husband Gregory Phillips and their two daughters, Karlie Phillips and Kinzie Phillips; a sister, Imajean Packnett; as well as a host of other family and friends.

A visitation in Monticello will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Tuesday, December 27, 2022, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. A visitation in De Queen will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be Thursday, December 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen.

Memorials may be made to:

CARTI Foundation
P.O. Box 55011
Little Rock, AR 72215

Your Voice Through Cancer
https://www.facebook.com/YVTChays/

Operation Song
PO Box 121746
Nashville, TN 37212-1746
https://www.operationsong.org/

Please sign Levi’s guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com

 

 

Maria Del Carmen Gallaway

Mrs. Maria Del “Carmen” Gallaway Cortes, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, December 24, 2022 at her home.She was born December 14, 1952 in Puerto de Sta. Maria, Spain. She was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church. She enjoyed fishing and loved traveling back to Spain.
Mrs. Cortes was preceded in death by her parents, Jose Cortes and Milagros Molina; one brother, Jesus Cortes Molina and one sister, Regle Cortes Molina.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Michael Gallaway of De Queen; two children, Clarence and wife Jarie Gallaway of Killeen, Texas and Patrick Gallaway of De Queen; two grandchildren, Cynthia Gallaway and Scott Gallaway; three sisters, Lalo Cortes Molina, Madie Cortes Molina and Margarita Cortes Molina; one brother, Miguel Cortes Molina.
Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2023 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Darren Lekeith Smith

Mr. Darren Lekeith Smith, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, December 24, 2022 at his home.

 

He was born March 25, 1962 in Monroe, Louisiana. He enjoyed watching movies and fishing.
 

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Lee Smith and Verna Mitchell Brown; one brother, Ivory DeWayne Brown.

 

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Smith; his children, Darrah Smith of De Queen, Quinton Leakeith Stinnett, Cameron Jerhmaine Stinnett; four brothers, Joseph Brown Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, Douglas Edward Brown of Duncanville, Texas, Jimmy Lee Brown of Manhattan, New York and Jackie Leonard Brown of Monroe, LA; five sisters, Melinda Brown Dickens of Dallas, Texas, Joy Lynn Brown of Monroe, LA, Lila McCary of West Monroe, LA and Cody Langford of Fort Worth, Texas, Vanessa Brown Livingston of St Louis, Missouri; one grandson, Leakeith Scott Smith; one uncle, Clyde Bell Mitchell of Monroe, LA and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial service for Mr. Smith will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2022 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating.

 

 

 

 

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

Linda Joyce DeHart

Mrs. Linda Joyce DeHart, age 77, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Hospice of Texarkana.
She was born March 27, 1945 in Dierks, Arkansas. Linda was a member of the Pentecostal Faith. She enjoyed going to Sam’s wholesale club and loved her family.

Mrs. DeHart was preceded in death by her son, Timothy DeHart; her parents, Harmon “Doc” and Dessie (Shelton) McAnelly; four sisters, Sybil Melancon, Lois Huston, Pat Cox and Alice Stubbs; one brother, Weldon McAnelly.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Deborah Pettit of Sherman, Texas and Pamela and Joe Lisenby of Foreman, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Brittany, Devin, Jimmy, Jessica and Brandon; twenty-four, great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. DeHart will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2022 at Redmen Cemetery with Mark Kennemore officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

 

James Edward Hall

Mr. James Edward Hall, age 84, resident of Decatur, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022, in Decatur, Texas.

James was born one of five sons to Robert Edward and Elsie Mae Perrin Hall on February 11, 1938, in Athens, Arkansas. He was a 1956 graduate of Horatio High School and later married the love of his life, Dorothy Marie VanMeter, on June 4, 1958. To this union, two sons were born. James worked his career as a poultry farmer, growing for Tyson Foods and Pilgim’s Pride. He and Dorothy also owned Surplus Sales in De Queen. He was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ, and enjoyed hunting, sports, and collecting cars. James best spent his time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Greg Hall; one grandchild, Isabella Hall; and three brothers, Roger Hall, Cephis Hall, and Doug Hall.

James leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over sixty-four years, Dorothy Hall of Decatur, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Amy Hall of Paradise, Texas; two granddaughters and their fiancés, Maddy Hall and Corbin Aaen, and Addison Hall and Trenton Cottrell, all of Paradise, Texas; one brother, Lemuel Hall; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Services for Mr. James Hall will be announced at a later time. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Baby Mateo Jair Oros

Baby Mateo Jair Oros, passed from this life on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.
He was born Thursday, December 15, 2022 in Texarkana, Texas.

Baby Mateo was preceded in death by his sister, Jasslyn Aaliyah Trujillo – Buenrostro; maternal grandpa, Salvador Buenrostro.

He is survived by his mother and father, Jennifer Oros-Buenrostro and Carlos Ulises Oros-Gonzalez; Siblings, Carlos Zidan Oros and Jairo Sinuhe Oros; maternal grandma, Maria De Los Angeles Figueroa, Paternal grandma and grandpa, Margarita de Rosio Gonzales Ledezma and Carlos Oros Paniagua.

Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Pat Kolb

Mr. Patrick William Kolb, age 64, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2022, at his home.

Pat, as he known to family and friends, was born on March 29, 1958, to Ernest Otto and Daria Dee Byrnes Kolb in Beloit, Kansas. He was a 1976 graduate of the Logan, Kansas High School and later began his career in Construction. Pat worked more than thirty-five years as a Construction Superintendent, finishing his career with MWH Constructors, Inc. Pat married the love of his life, Connie Elaine Gatlin, in Arlington, Texas, in April 1988. Together they have shared more than thirty-four loving years. Pat had a givers heart and took pride in his being able to contribute to an array of charities, including Toys-for-Tots. Pat and Connie were active with the Sevier County Foster Care Christmas Program, helping to ensure children enjoyed a memorable Christmas. He enjoyed woodworking, restoring antique cars, cooking on his smoker, and fishing. Pat best spent his time with Connie, their children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Shelia Kolb.

Pat leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Connie Kolb of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Cody Shane and Brittnee Westerfield of Ashdown; one daughter and son-in-law, Keri and Josh De Herrera of Sherman Oaks, California; he was “Grandpa” to his four doting grandchildren, Cruz and Yvonne De Herrera, and Sarah and Jacob Westerfield; one brother, Kurt Kolb of Kirkland, Washington; one sister and brother-in-law, Marita and Dick Mitchell of Omaha, Nebraska; as well as other relatives, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Pat Kolb will be held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this next year. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Angels of Everlasting Hope, 3631 Leigh Erin Street, Midlothian, Texas 76065, in honor of Mr. Pat Kolb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darwinna Jean Parrish Kight

The family of Darwinna Jean (Parrish) Kight, 59, is sad to announce her death on December 11, 2022. She passed away at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana, TX.

Darwinna was born February 17, 1963 in De Queen, AR She was the oldest of 4 children born to Thomas and Sammye (Meeks) Parrish. She attended the Lockesburg Public School system throughout her school years. She was an avid tennis player and was a natural athlete. She worked in the Parrish family business until becoming a mother became her most important project. Darwinna had two beautiful children, Kristy (born 1982) and Stephen (born 1985). She loved her children! She was busy with their activities, from pageants to sports and everything in between. Darwinna will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her infectious laugh, her quick wit and her ability to remember everything you said to her even when you can’t remember saying it! Darwinna’s interests included photography, boating, fishing, playing games with her family, and traveling. But nothing lighted her up more than talking about or being with her grandchildren. She was proud of them and loved them with all her heart. Darwinna will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her parents, Thomas and Sammye Parrish; her children, Kristy (Tony) Kesterson, Gillham, AR Stephen Kight, Hot Springs, AR; her grandchildren, Carson Prewett, Ty Kight, Aubrey Kight; brothers, Mike (Beverly) Parrish, Ben Lomond, AR, Randy (Gina) Parrish, Kenai, AK; one sister, Karman Bailey, Arlington, TX; her partner, Royce “PeeWee” Smith, DeQueen, AR; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2022 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Fisher officiating followed by visitation at the funeral home.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

 

 

Ethel Imogene Phillips

Ethel Imogene Jean Phillips peacefully passed away on December 11, 2022. She was 94 years old.

Nana, as she was known by all, was born on October 10, 1928 in Hedley Texas to the late George Thomas Orr and Myrtle Lee Orr. At an early age, she moved to De Queen Arkansas where she graduated from De Queen High School in 1946 and the following month married her childhood sweetheart Glen Lee (Pete) Phillips. Nana had four children, Troy D Phillips, Glenda Phillips Conley, Ronald L Phillips, and J Michael Phillips. Nana had 11 grandchildren 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pete, her son Mike, her grandson Josh Phillips, and six siblings. Pete and Nana moved to the Winnsboro Texas area in 1961 and lived there until Pete’s death in 2007. She then moved to a little house on Lake Kiowa, Texas. Nana had friends of all ages. She loved people and sitting on a swing in her screened in porch visiting with friends and relatives. She loved living on the water finding it soothing and relaxing. She was also a big Cowboy fan.

Nana’s goal in life was simple. She wanted to be a good wife and a good mother. She excelled at both. She loved to cook and nothing gave her more pleasure than entertaining her family. Her house was always open and she was a great listener. Her love was unconditional and members of her extended family always sought her out to discuss their problems. She remained in excellent health for 94 years and was able to live independently maintaining all of her mental faculties until the end. A true blessing for which she was always thankful.

There will be a burial service at Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen Arkansas on December 16, 2022, at noon, her nephew, James McCrae, presiding.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

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Fabian Adan Toledano Aragon

Mr. Fabian Adan Toledano Aragon, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, December 12, 2022 at Pam Specialty Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.
He was born January 20, 1945 in Morelos, Mexico. He was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church and was retired from Pilgrims Pride in De Queen.

Mr. Toledano was preceded in death by his parents, Aureliano and Margarita Aragon Toledano; one brother, Ruben Toledano; two sisters, Higinia Toledano and Sara Toledano.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Alonso De Toledano; one son, Alejandro Toledano; four daughters, Maria Toledano, Jeny Toledano, Ariana Toledano and Odalis Toledano all of De Queen; sixteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Toledano of Mexico; two brothers, Jouse Gutierrez of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Francisco Gutierrez of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2022 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at the funeral home with a Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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

El Sr. Fabián Adán Toledano Aragón

El Sr. Fabián Adán Toledano Aragón, de 77 años, residente de De Queen, Arkansas, murió el Lunes 12 de Diciembre de 2022 en el Pam Specialty Hospital en Texarkana, Texas.

Nació el 20 de Enero de 1945 en Morelos, México. Era miembro de la Iglesia Católica St. Barbara y estaba jubilado de Pilgrims Pride en De Queen.

Al Sr. Toledano le precedieron en la muerte sus padres, Aureliano y Margarita Aragon Toledano; un hermano, Rubén Toledano; dos hermanas, Higinia Toledano y Sara Toledano.

Le sobreviven su esposa, Martha Alonso De Toledano; un hijo, Alejandro Toledano; cuatro hijas, Maria Toledano, Jeny Toledano, Ariana Toledano y Odalis Toledano, todas de De Queen; dieciséis nietos, cuatro bisnietos; una hermana, Ruth Toledano de Mexico; dos hermanos, Jouse Gutiérrez de Fort Smith, Arkansas y Franciso Gutiérrez de Minneapolis, Minnesota.

La Misa Fúnebre se llevará a cabo a las 2:00 p.m., el Miércoles 14 de Diciembre de 2022 en la Iglesia Católica de Santa Bárbara, oficiando el Padre Ramsés Mendieta. El entierro seguirá en el cemeterio de Redmen, bajo la dirección de Wilkerson Funeral Home en De Queen.

El velorio se realizará de 5:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., el Martes 13 de Diciembre de 2022 en la funeraria con el Snato Rosario a partir de las 7:00 p.m.

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Helen Martin Raney

Mrs. Helen Martin Raney, age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, December 10, 2022 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born July 8, 1942 in Camden, Arkansas. She was a Methodist.

Mrs. Raney was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver D. and Sarah Allen Sturgis Martin; her husband, James Raney, one son, James Cooper Kizzia and two siblings.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Alan Walls of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; two grandchildren; 3 nieces and special friends, Marie Bollinger and Charlotte Izzo.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pike County Recovery Center, 118 Speedy Lane, Delight, AR 71940 or Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, 446 Ouachita 43, Camden, AR 71701.

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Anita Burris Cooper

Mrs. Anita Cooper, age 65, resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Anita was born on February 21, 1957, in Foreman, Arkansas to Isabel Burris (Williams) and Johnny Mack Fields. She accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age at New Dora Baptist Church. She later attended St. James CME Church for many years. She attended Haworth High School in Haworth, Oklahoma.

Anita married her forever love, Vaster Cooper on November 3, 1974, in Idabel, Oklahoma. To this union one daughter was born, Amanda Rochelle Cooper. Anita lived in Idabel, Oklahoma with her husband until his death when she then moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She worked at Idabel public school district, Idabel Memorial Hospital and McCurtain County Gazette. Anita was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. During her retirement years she loved shopping and spending time with family and friends. She was a very outspoken person who loved to talk, and she never met a stranger. Her contagious smile and loving spirit are what made her the loveable person she was. She always wanted to make others happy and was the peace maker of her family. Anita enjoyed singing and was a part of the Angelica Gospel singers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isabel Burris and Johnny Fields; her loving husband for over 40 years, Vaster Cooper; brothers, John Burris, Vel Burris, Thurman Davis and William Burris; sisters, Barbara Matthews and Mary Louise Burris.

Anita leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Amanda Cooper; grandchildren, Deondrea Cooper and Kalifa Cooper; great-grandchildren, Isaiah Cooper, Aubrey Cooper and Elijah Cantley, all of Oklahoma City; sisters, Dianna Bradley (Roosevelt) of Foreman, and Pearlie Mae Burris of Idabel; ex-sister-in-law and devoted friend, Opal Burris, Oklahoma City; sisters-in-law, Quintilian Davis of Lumberton, North Carolina, and Vanessa Burris of Broken Bow; best friend, Beverly Johnson of Oklahoma City; and great-nephew & texting buddy, Zion Lopez-Burris of De Queen. She has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will also cherish her memory.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Anita Cooper will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, December 17, 2022, at New Dora Baptist Church, Haworth, Oklahoma, with Pastor Curtis Winfrey and Prophetess Dr. Willie Jean Markland officiating. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery, Harris, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie James Addy

Jesse James Addy, age 36, a resident of Dalby Springs, Texas went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at a local hospital surrounded by family.

Jesse was born on February 16, 1986 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He was a contract laborer shade tree mechanic and a jack of all trades, and was a member of Ministries of Harvest Temple. He was a content and humble man with what some would view as very little. He would give you the shirt off his back. He enjoyed riding his dirt bike, being with his dog “Hooch” telling stores with family and friends and studying the word of God.

Preceding him into the presence of the Lord were his father, James Lloyd “Jimmy” Addy, and his grandmother, Barbara Maxine Knighten.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Claressa Michal “Shelly” Knighten Addy of Foreman; one brother, John Addy (Randie) of Simms, Texas; three sisters, Ashley Addy (Nathan Mallett) of Simms, Stormy Foster (Eric) of New Boston, Michelle Neal (John) of Fouke; three uncles, James Addy (Nila) of Simms, William S. Knighten (Tillie), Thomas Knighten (LaWanda) of Foreman; three aunts, Jeannie Fieldman (David) of Las Vegas, Wilda Akins (James) and Tillie Lile (Rodney) of Foreman; four nieces, eight nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for Jesse will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday December 18, 2022 at Gods Little Acre in Simms, Texas with Bro. Shannon Crawford and Bro. Henry Griffin officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ministries of Harvest Temple, 8497 US Hwy 67 W, Simms, Texas 75574 or God’s Little Acre, 8880 Hwy 67 W., Simms, Texas 75574.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Diannia Lee Laster

Diannia Laster entered her Heavenly home, Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the age of 67. She was born May 9, 1955, in Holly Creek, OK the daughter of Mary Lou Bray and JP Cleckler.

Diannia and Terry Laster were united in marriage December 23, 1977 and shared forty-four wonderful years together.

Diannia was a devoted Christian lady and loyal member of Wright City First Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed serving as Sunday School Secretary and Missionettes teacher and dearly loved all her girls. In her younger years she loved Square Dancing and enjoyed fishing and taking care of her dogs and birds. She was a loving wife, mother and granny and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, JP and Mary Cleckler.

Diannia leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Terry Laster of the home; daughters, Nicole Hamill and husband, Michael of Valliant, Terah Laster and Dee Bressman of Willard, WA; brothers, Bill Cobb of Houston, TX, Paul Cleckler and wife Chantea of Ringold and DeWayne Cleckler of Broken Bow; sister, Daphner Barnes and husband, Kenny of Holly Creek; grandchildren, Zeb and Caselyn Hamill and Daniel Breassman; brothers-in-law, Anthony Laster and wife, Dian of Omaha, NB and Robbie Spears and wife Danae` Spears of Spiro; numerous nieces, nephews; special and dear friend, Linda Slabaugh who introduced Terry and Diane; and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be Wednesday, December 14,2022 at 2:00 P.M. at Wright City First Assembly of God.

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Calkins Maurer

 

Suzanne Maurer fell asleep in death on December 5th 2022 at the age of 75.

Suz was born January 31st 1947 in Grand Rapids Michigan to William and Jennie Calkins. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s witnesses in 1957 in Wolf Lake in Muskegon Michigan. She zealously served as a full time pioneer, enjoying getting to know different ones.

Suz will be remembered for her kindness, empathy and hospitality. She will be sorely missed by many who viewed her as much more than just a friend.

“Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” Matthew 6:10

Mrs. Maurer was preceded in death by her parents, William E. and Jennie St. John Calkins and her husband, Robert Jean Maurer.

She is survived by three sons, James Maurer, Paul Maurer and Pete Maurer; six grandchildren, Katie, Chris, Caitlin, Christeen, Lily and Tyler; four great grandchildren and one sister, Billie Jean Earl.

Memorial service for Mrs. Maurer will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2022 in the kingdom hall of Jehovah’s witnesses in De Queen. Kevin Stancil will be the speaker and it will be on zoom as well for those not able to travel.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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Corinne B. Robinson

Corinne B. Robinson, age 96, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday December 3, 2022. She was born December 11, 1925, in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas to Devoe Bollinger Sr. and Edna Brazil Bollinger. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Conway Robinson; sisters, Geraldine Beshear, Maxine Mann and Emogene Gibson; and her brother, Devoe Bollinger Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Rita Vail of Ashland, Oregon; sister, Lou Johnson of Florida; four grandchildren, Alannah Massey of Fayetteville, Jessy Lang of Fayetteville, Kate Brown of Portland, Oregon and Suzannah Massey of Ashland, Oregon; four great grandchildren, Stella Green, Lillian Whittle, Izen Wagner and Frances Corinne Brown.

Corinne was raised on a farm near Cerro Gordo, Arkansas and graduated from Horatio High School in 1944. Growing up during The Great Depression, her early years were filled with hard work on the family farm. Soon after graduation, she embarked on adventures that took her from a small rural area in southwest Arkansas to Dallas, Washington DC, San Francisco, and finally settling in Baltimore, MD. It was there she met her husband, Conway Robinson, built their own home, and raised their daughter, Rita. After living in Baltimore from 1953-1978 and reaching retirement age, the decision was made to return to Arkansas and to what has always been her main priority – Family. Initially, they lived at the Little River Country Club managing the property, but in 1981, relocated to Eureka Springs (Beaver Lake) to be close to their granddaughters. While in Eureka Springs, Corinne was a very successful manager of the Arkansas Craft Guild store. In 1997, one final move was made to Fayetteville, AR.

“Mommom” as Corinne was affectionally named by her granddaughters was always giving of herself.  She was constantly self-educating and striving every day to make herself a better person physically, mentally, and spiritually.  For those closest to her, she was their confidant and matriarch. She was a huge blessing to her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Chapel.

Memorial service will be Saturday December 10, 2022 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation, https://alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, https://spsfnwa.org/

To place an online tribute, please visit www.bernafuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Rick Chandler

Mr. Ricky Faron Chandler, age 66, resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022, at his home.

Rick, as he was known to family and friends, was born on February 7, 1956, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Clyde Allen and Dorothy Dean Waters Chandler, the second of eleven children. He was a 1974 graduate of Eagletown High School and worked his career as a truck driver and equipment operator. Rick enjoyed working and music, but best spent his time playing and working on guitars. He loved his family and cherished the time spent with his Gayla, his children, and grandchildren.

‘He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Dorothy Chandler; his step-mother, Shirley Chandler; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Sloat.

Rick leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, Gayla Ticknor, of Eagletown; three sons, Clifton Chandler of Broken Bow, Dwayne Chandler of Horatio, and Lee Ticknor of Bennington, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Colton and Gracie Chandler of Pickens, Oklahoma, and Charles Rickston Allen Chandler of Horatio; the mother of his children, Brenda Chandler of Horatio; Dustin Loving of De Queen, whom he saw as his own; his siblings and their spouses, Melvin and Haidee Chandler of Lockesburg, Lawrence and Leslie Chandler of De Queen, Loy Don and Devonna Chandler of Melber, Kentucky, Billy and Michelle Chandler of Murphy, North Carolina, Jeffery and Jayna Chandler of Pickens, Oklahoma, Patsy Sloat of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Larenda and Bill Montgomery of Lockesburg, Lori and Joey Vaught of Horatio, Mary Joan and Richard Ruth of De Queen, and Sarah and Willie Yandell of De Queen; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Rick Chandler will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 10, 2022, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Bill Weeks and Lewis Pruitt officiating. Interment will follow at West Line Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Dana Miller

Mrs. Dana O. Laird Miller, age 84, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Dana was born to Charlie Manly and Thelma Lee Dobson Laird on June 26, 1938, in Madill, Oklahoma, one of three children. She married the love of her life, Jimmie Ray Miller, on July 19, 1955, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and to this union, two daughters were born. Dana was a homemaker, spending much of her time keeping the home and raising her family. Later in life, she enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks and enjoyed going to church, reading her Bible, watching the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, and pestering her sons-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie “Man” and Thelma Laird; her loving husband of over forty-six years, Jimmie Miller; her brother, C.T. Laird; and her sister, Drucilla Dawn Laird.

Dana leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicky and Bobby Neal of Dierks, and Carol and Greg Nuttall of Dierks; five grandchildren, Crystal Neal of Dierks, Timothy Neal and wife Jennifer of Mena, Tye Nuttall of Dierks, Victor Neal and wife Megan of Nashville, and Caleb Nuttall of Dierks; eleven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Walker, Victoria, Lexi, Will, Ellie, Scarlett, Eli, Cash, Collin, and Mailee; a special long-time friend, Olive Nuttall of Dierks; as well as other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Dana Miller will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, December 5, 2022, at the Dierks Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating. Interment will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Maria Dulcinea Branson

Mrs. Maria Dulcinea Branson, age 93, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Saturday, December 3, 2022 at her home.

She was born October 25, 1929, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church. She loved her church and loved cooking. Maria (Nea) was the eldest of nine children. When her mother was widowed at an early age, Maria stepped in to help nurture her younger siblings. She molded her younger sisters to become strong, loving, and independent women. They formed a strong sisterhood that still exists to this day.

Nea married Carl Branson in 1957 and together they raised their family. They shared a life of happy and difficult times. Nea was a very devoted mother and wife, and she helped her husband to become a good father who was very much loved and respected by their children. She also was very instrumental in strengthening Carl’s faith in God. Nea was always by Carl’s side and was his primary caregiver as he battled brain cancer. At the end her last words spoked to him were “Go with God Carl”.

Nea was a very active resident in Pagosa Springs. She worked as a waitress, teachers assistant and home maker. She was an avid fan of the Pagosa Springs Pirates and she cheered them on during their winnings and losses. She solely prepared a delicious dinner for the entire team and coaches. She had many friends and was very compassionate to everyone she knew and to strangers. She heard of a small local boy that was terminally ill. She reached out to the family and became an angel for the young boy and a friend to his mother and father. She did grieve when he passed but knew in her heart he was in heaven with the Lord.

Father Ramses stated Maria built a bridge between the Hispanic and Caucasian church community at St Barbara’s. She also helped build relationship in her own family and extended family here in Gillham. She loved cooking and baking. We all have wonderful memories of sharing meals and fellowship.

Maria (Nea) will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. She will be greeted in heaven by Carl with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. She will hug her first born grandson Chad and know it is the first of many more to come. She will once again hold her precious baby boy Branny in her arms. A reunion she has been patiently waiting for 6 decades. Most importantly she will be with her heavenly father whom she has loved and been a faithful servant to for a lifetime.

She is survived by three children, Terrance G. Branson, C. Anthony Branson and his wife, Tracy all of Gillham, Roseanne Paslo and husband Joseph of Concord, North Carolina; four sisters, Maria Bradley and Priscilla Gallegos of Arvada, Colorado, Becky Everage of Thornton, Colorado and Lucilla Hoover of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Maria will be greatly missed by friends and family; however, she will be remembered as a beacon of Love, Faith, and Hope.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2022, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2022, at the funeral home with a Holy Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Barbara Catholic Church, 503 W. De Queen Ave, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

 

 

Lance Eugene Pollard

Mr. Lance Eugene Pollard, age 65, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, November 25, 2022, at his home.

Lance was born the second of seven children, to Haskel and Maida Dell Winterowd Pollard, on November 9, 1957, in Kellogg, Idaho. Lance worked a number of years as a Logger and as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and family. Lance was a kind, soft-hearted man who loved his family and friends. He will forever be cherished as a loving son, husband, brother, dad, and Papaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haskel and Maida Pollard; two grandchildren, Brandon Michael Pollard and Jordan Pollard; one brother, Benny Ray “Ben” Pollard; and an infant sister, Ada Marie Pollard.

Lance leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Beth Pollard of De Queen; one son, Haskel Eugene Pollard of De Queen; two grandchildren, Trey Pollard and Lance Pollard; three brothers, Scott Pollard of De Queen, Tony Pollard of Lockesburg, and Bruce Pollard and wife Lorena of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Gaylene and Keith Baker of Vandervoort; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Lance Pollard will be held privately. Inurnment will be at the Watson Cemetery, Watson, Oklahoma. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Vickie Locke

Funeral Service for Vickie Locke, 70 of Poteau, Oklahoma will be at 10am on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at First Freewill Baptist in Poteau, Oklahoma with Jim Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau, Oklahoma.
Vickie was born on August 5, 1952 in Howe, Oklahoma to Betty Lou (Brown) Stacy and Richard Eugene Stacy and passed away on November 28, 2022 in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was married to John Locke on April 19, 1975 in Howe, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents. Vickie was loved by her friends and family. She was a Meme to many kids she kept throughout the years.

Survivors include her husband; John Locke, daughter; Elaine Janway and husband Brandon, son; Matt Locke and wife Erica, brothers; Jerry Stacy and wife Margaret, Richard Stacy and wife Sharon, Bob Stacy and wife Cheryl, grandchildren; Tyler, Jacob, and Hunter Locke, Carter and Justin Janway, numerous other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers will be Chad Craig, Dalton Smith, Joshua Smith, Chase Martin, Kale Harrison, Cody Wann, Jay Sommers, and Brian Hendricks.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Howe Class of 1970.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8pm.

 

 

 

 

Grant Farrell-Evans

Grant David Farrell-Evans, age 3, a resident of Overland Park, KS, died Thursday, November 24, 2022.

He was born on November 30, 2018 to Elizabeth Farrell and Casey Evans.

He is survived by his parents, Elizabeth Farrell of Overland Park, KS, and Casey Evans of Dearborn, MO; two brothers, Jacob Farrell-Evans and Luke Farrell; and one sister, Olyvia Farrell-Evans all of the home. His maternal grandparents, Dave and Barb Farrell of Overland Park, KS and his paternal grandparents, Jerry Jr. and Cindy Evans of Broken Bow, OK.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection – Main Sanctuary, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS  66224.

 

Helen Ruth Robbins

Mrs. Helen Ruth Cannon Robbins, age 87, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Helen was born on April 24, 1938, in Lockesburg, Arkansas, to Vertice and Gladys Pool Cannon. She was a member of the Dilworth Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a Homemaker. Helen had a givers heart and worked a number of years as a Home Health Aide. She enjoyed crafting, going to gospel singings, and shoe shopping. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vertice and Gladys Cannon; her husband, Harold Robbins; three brothers, Joe Cannon, E.K. Cannon, and Lewis Cannon; and two sisters, Pat Collins and husband Bill, and Dorothy White and husband Neil.
Helen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Freddy Vincent of Westville, Oklahoma; one son, David Helms of Gainesville, Florida; two granddaughters and their spouses, Rachelle and Brian Vann of Westville, Oklahoma, and Lisa and Eugene Dart of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; four great-grandchildren, Stella Dart, Demetri Vincent, William Dart, and Rebecca Dart; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends whom she dearly loved.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Helen Robbins will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, November 28, 2022, at McHorse Cemetery with Bro. Larry Fry officiating. Interment will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M., Monday, at the cemetery. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Paul Wayne Relyea

Paul Wayne Relyea, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at his home.

Paul was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas on September 15, 1951. He served our country in the Army National Guard during Vietnam. He was a Aircraft Mechanic for Weyerhaeuser Company and enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and gardening.

Mr. Relyea was preceded in death by his parents, John Adam and Carmen Christine Hagan Relyea and one brother, Gregory Relyea.

Paul is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Bob Galloway, Jr. of Austin, Texas and Janice and David Morgan of Carrollton, Georgia; and one brother and sister-in-law, John F. and Lena Relyea of Kennewick, Washington.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Relyea will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 25, 2022 at Almyra Cemetery in Almyra, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Wilma Inez Balch Arnold

Wilma Inez Balch Arnold, born January 11, 1930, in the Doyle Community, 8 ½ miles east of Nashville, AR. Born the first of three children to Walter and Della Myrick Balch. She passed away in Nashville on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

She lived in Dierks for the last 71 years.

She was a member of Dierks First Baptist Church for the last 70 years where she taught First and Second Graders in Sunday School and was Church Clerk for over 50 years. She served the Lord in many other capacities, and one thing always held true to her heart….Church is “Family” with Jesus Christ at the center.
She worked as Grocery Manager at Shute Grocery in Dierks during the early 60’s until it sold. She then worked at Dierks Forest Big Store as grocery manager until Dierks Forest was bought out by Weyerhaeuser Company. She then worked for Weyerhaeuser Company as Weigh Master, and worked there until she retired in 1995.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years, James Arnold, and one brother, Ralph E. Balch.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Madonna and Michael Hill of Dierks, two grandchildren, Damon and Lisa Hill of Fayetteville, AR, and April and Brian Mashburn of Little Rock, AR, six great grandchildren, Taylor, Rylee and Corbin Hill and Bailey, Andrew and Brock Mashburn. She is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Robert Dale (Bob) and Dathel Balch of Clewiston, Florida, several nieces and nephews, cousins, and host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Arnold will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Bro. Don Jones and Bro. John McAnally officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

Ernestine Young Smith

Mrs. Ernestine Westbrook Young Smith, age 82, resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, November 19, 2022, surrounded by family in the comfort of her home.

Ernestine was born on February 7, 1940, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Charles Wesley and Annie Lavina Humphrey Westbrook. Early, Ernestine married Lloyd Franklin Young, and to this union, four daughters were born. Ernestine and Lloyd shared almost forty years before his passing in 1993. She later married A.F. Smith, whom she cherished until his death in 2007. Ernestine worked ten years for Lane Poultry as a USDA Inspector, and for many years, maintained her poultry farm in Gillham. Lloyd owned and operated Lloyd Young Catch Crews, and following his death, Ernestine continued the business for a total of more than thirty years catching chickens in our area. She was a member of the Gillham First Baptist Church and enjoyed watching baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves, watching the news, and working. More than anything, Ernestine cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Westbrook and Annie Manning; her husbands, Lloyd Young and A.F. Smith; and two daughters, Kim Vann and Kathy Ann Driver.

Ernestine leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Gary Whisenhunt of Gillham, and Angela and James Meeker of Gillham; one son-in-law whom she loved as her own, Roger Driver of Gillham; six grandchildren and their spouses, Billy Joe and Robin Driver of Wickes, Angie and Bro. Homer Frachiseur of Gillham, Ramona and Pedro Arenas of De Queen, Bradley Whisenhunt of Gillham, Jesse and Minka Vann of Tyler, Texas, and her youngest grandson whom she raised as her own, Joshua Vann of Tacoma, Washington; sixteen great-grandchildren and their spouses, Alex and Skyler Driver, Lauren and Briar Oliver, Reese Driver, Kayla and Zac Denton, Kelsie and Chris Richardson, Harmoney and J.W. Overturf, Haylee and James Ruth, Itzel Arenas, Austin and Summer Whisenhunt, Tristan Whisenhunt, Tyler Whisenhunt, Emily Whisenhunt, Guy Vann, Aleneia Vann, Vincent Vann, and Melanie Vann; eleven great-great-grandchildren, Kade, Jessie, Rynley, Eli, Blade, Benjamin, Axle, Carlos, Mateo, Willow, and Waylon; as well as a number of special nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ernestine Young Smith will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow at Overturf Cemetery in Gillham. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 22nd, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

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

 

 

 

 

Wanda Marie Lane Litchford

Mrs. Wanda Marie Lane Litchford, age 86, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas died Thursday, November 17, 2022 at The Springs of Minecreek Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born September 6, 1937 in Redmen, Oregon. She was a Christian, enjoyed word puzzles and watching the Oklahoma and New Orlean Saints football games.

Mrs. Litchford was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Bealuh Lane Runnels and husband, James Edward Litchford; her son, Danny Litchford; five siblings, Johnny Lane, Robert Lane, Frankie Lane, Jean Alward and Kay Glenn; one grandson, Michael Mooneyhan.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Wester of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Linda Huddleston; one grandchild, Stacy Dowdy; step grandson, Russel Wester; three great grandchildren, Katie Barnes and Laken Barnes both of De Queen and Emily Mooneyhan of Mineral Springs and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Litchford will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in the Old Center Church with Bro. Ben Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m., until service time at the church.

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

Debra “Debbie” Lynn Smith McKinney Miller

Debra “Debbie” Lynn Smith McKinney Miller, age 64, a resident of Lowell, AR gained her heavenly wings on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Texas Health Hospital in Bedford, Texas. Debbie was the first daughter of A.F. and Lenna Belle (Dinky) Hood Smith. She was born August 20, 1958 in De Queen, AR.

She was a 1976 graduate of De Queen High School. She married Hoss McKinney in 1981. They had a son, Brian, and daughter, Colby. She worked various places during her lifetime, including data processing at De Queen General Hospital, Dispatcher for Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, HealthSouth Rehab, and the University of Arkansas Police Department in Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the father of her children, and a brother.

She is survived by her husband, Garry Miller of Lowell, AR, her son, Brian, of De Queen, AR and daughter and son-in-law, Colby and Justin Cajero of Grand Prairie, TX. Her step-daughter, Cristy Miller of Springdale, AR, step-son, Cody and Bridgit Miller of Bentonville, AR, grandchildren Ethan O’Donnell and Zander Miller of Springdale, AR, Braylee and Laina Miller of Bentonville, AR, and Mercedez Villegas and Amiyia Beeney of Jacksonville, AR. Three sisters, Donna and David Morris of Gillham, AR, Dana and Robert Gentry of De Queen, AR, and Dianna Meisch of Springdale, AR. Her beloved friends, Don and Martha McKinney of De Queen, AR, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In honoring her wishes there will be no funeral services.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 23 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR.

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

Kay Sims Short

Kay Sims Short, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed peacefully into the arms of her heavenly father, on Monday, November 14, 2022.

Kay was born in De Queen, Arkansas on February 23, 1960 to J.C. and Nina Sims.

Kay was well known and loved in the community. She was retired from her cleaning business of 25 years. Kay, (lovingly known to all as Gigi) was an avid Leopard and Razorback fan, loved spending time with her children and loved watching her grandchildren in all of their activities. She enjoyed decorating her home for all of the seasons and holidays, a good shopping trip, tending to her yard and flowers, and had a knack for making everything beautiful. She never met a stranger and will be remembered by her big smile and contagious laugh.

Mrs. Short was preceded in death by her parents.

Kay is survived by two sons, Rod Short of De Queen, Todd Short of De Queen; one daughter, Sissy Liggin and husband Chris of Horatio; grandchildren, Kayden and Knox Short of De Queen, Landri and Lynli Liggin of Horatio and Tatum and Titus Short.

A memorial service for Mrs. Short will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church in De Queen with Rev. Steve Copley officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Norma Jean Arrington

 

Norma Jean Strayer Arrington, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, November 11, 2022 at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was born October 14, 1954 in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed spending time outside and loved her grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Arrington was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Ruby Lindstrom Strayer; one sister, Beverley Strayer and her first husband, Gerald Socash.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley Arrington of De Queen; two brothers, Michael Strayer of Morrisdale, Pennsylvania and Steve Strayer of Florida; two sisters, Olive Strayer of Chicago, Illinois and Billie Jo and husband, Jim French of Ramey, Pennsylvania; three daughters, Jerri Lee and husband, Alvin Way of Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, Cristal and husband, Bruce Jernigan of El Dorado, Arkansas and Candy and husband, James Nishida of Shawville, Pennsylvania; one son, Michael and wife, Carolyn Socash of De Queen, twelve grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews family and friends.

A memorial service is pending, and will be announced at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Mr. Gaines “Hal” Southworth

Mr. Gaines Harold Southworth, age 85, resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and former long-time resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Gaines was born one of seven children to William Henry and Mary Lois McClanahan Southworth on July 16, 1937, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a graduate of Ferriday High School, Ferriday, Louisiana, and went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of California, Los Angeles. Gaines later attended the McGeorge School of Law. On May 7, 1958, Gaines married the love of his life, Kathleen Carole Chastain, and to this union, three children were born. He faithfully served with the United States Marine Corps until his honorable discharge. Gaines worked a number of years for the United States Department of Justice as a Federal Police Office, and later worked for the United States Border Patrol until his retirement in 1977. Gaines and Carole returned to De Queen and later opened their furniture store, Southern Woods. Gaines later worked as a contractor until his final retirement. He and Carole were members of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church and Gaines enjoyed his many years coaching baseball, leading Cub and Boy Scouts, and serving as the Sevier County Election Judge and Chair for the Sevier County Republican Committee. Gaines was a former member of the Border Patrol Association, and Sevier County Sheriff’s Posse. More than anything, Gaines cherished the time spent with loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over fifty-five years, Carole Southworth; four brothers and five sisters-in-law, Wallace and Betty Southworth, Max and Maylene Southworth, Bill and Mae Southworth, Perry Southworth, and Martha Southworth; and one sister, Mary Southworth.

Gaines leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kurt and Debra Southworth of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Eric and Sara Southworth of Plainfield, Indiana; one daughter, AdriAnne Rush of De Queen; five grandchildren, Christopher Southworth, Shawn Shouthworth, Maximillian Southworth-Beckwith, Miles Beckwith, and Ivan Southworth; one great-grandchild, Amelia Southworth; one brother, Dan Southworth of De Queen; as well as niece, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gaines Southworth will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Keith Rose and Eric Southworth officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M., until service time at 11:00 A.M., Monday, at the church. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jaime Elizondo

Jaime Elizondo, age 54, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, November 10, 2022 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born March 5, 1968 in Jerecuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Mr. Elizondo was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. He enjoyed the outdoors, grilling, raising farm animals and loved his family.

 

 

 

Mr. Elizondo was preceded in death by his parents, Margarito and Aurora Navarro Elizondo; two brothers, Antonio Elizondo and Pablino Elizondo; one sister, Maria Elizondo Rojas.

 

He is survived by his wife, Angelina Rojas; three sons and daughter-in-law, Jose and Gaby Elizondo, Gilberto Elizondo and Joel Elizondo; one brother, Francisco Elizondo of De Queen, four sisters, Lupe Elizondo Garcia, Esperanza Elizondo Garcia, Zenaida Elizondo Duran all of Mexico and Josefina Elizondo of Tyler, Texas; two grandkids, Oliver and Emma Elizondo and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2022 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2022 at the funeral home with a Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.

 

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

 

Jaime Elizondo

Jaime Elizondo, de 54 años, residente de De Queen, Arkansas, murió el Jueves 10 de Noviembre de 2022 en CHI St. Vincent en Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Nació el 5 de Marzo de 1968 en Jerécuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. El Sr. Elizondo era miembro de la Iglesia Católica St. Barbara en De Queen. Disfrutaba estar afuera al aire libre, asar a la parrilla, criar animals de granja y amaba a su familia.

Al Sr. Elizondo le precedieron en la muerte sus padres, Margarito y Aurora Navvarro Elizondo; dos hermanos, Antonio Elizondo y Pablino Elizondo; una hermana, Maria Elizondo Rojas.

Le sobreviven su esposa Angelina Rojas; tres hijos y nuera, José y Gaby Elizondo, Gilbert Elizondo y Joel Elizondo; un hermano, Francisco Elizondo de De Queen; cuatro hermanas, Lupe Elizondo Garcia, Esperanza Elizondo Garcia, Zenaida Elizondo Duran todas de Mexico y Josefina Elizondo de Tyler, Texas; dos nietos, Oliver y Emma Elizondo y varias sobrinas y sobrinos.

Misa Fùnebre se realizará a la 1:00 p.m., Martes, 15 de Noviembre de 2022 en el centro Pastoral Monsignor Scott Friend en la Iglesia Católica St. Barbara con el Padre Ramses Mendieta oficiando. El entierro seguirá en el Cementerio Redmen, bajo la dirección de Wilkerson Funeral Home en De Queen.

El velorio se realizará a partir de las 6:00 p.m., a las 8:00 p.m, del Lunes, 14 de Noviembre de 2022 en la funeraria con el Santo Rosario a partir de las 7:00 p.m.

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Reba Dale Bradford Duke

 

Reba Dale Bradford Duke, age 74, a resident of Hooks, Texas passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at Hospice of Texarkana.

 

 

She was born June 28, 1948 in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. She was a member of Myrtle Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, loved to read and loved her family.

 

 

Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her parents, James Turner and Ora Marie McKinney Bradford; one brother, James Turner Bradford and one sister, Jane Marie Bradford.

 

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joe Duke of Hooks, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Angie Duke, Jeremy and Shannon Duke all of Hooks; one daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Eddie Donnelly of Redwater, Texas; sister-in-law, Betty Bradford; five grandchildren, Levi Duke, Harmon Duke, Dakotah and Katie Duke, Kaitlyn and Kason Durham and Jaeley Barton; two great grandchildren, Caroline Duke and Anna Kate Duke; mother-in-law, Phines Duke and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

 

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Duke will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2022 at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks with Bro. Kyle Peters officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m., until service time at the Myrtle Springs Baptist Church in Hooks, Texas.
You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

Dub Lewis Brewer

Dub Lewis Brewer, age 60, a resident of Alton, Virginia passed away Thursday, October 27, 2022 at his home.
He was born December 6, 1961 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Dub was a man of many talents, favorites being equipment operating, construction, and sawmilling. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and all things outdoors.

Dub was preceded in death by his father and mother James Louis and Joyce Ann McDonald Brewer
He is survived by his daughter, Brittani Brewer; three grandchildren, Jacen, Harlie, and Sonnie Hankins all of Horatio, Arkansas; two brothers, Jimmy Brewer of Marshall, Texas and Johnny Brewer of Horatio, Arkansas; one sister, Nan Romano of Albany, New York; a number of nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

Memorial services for Dub will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the Central Community Building with George Crumbly officiating.

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

 

 

Donald Gene “Donnie” Price

Mr. Donald Gene “Donnie” Price, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at his home.

He was born October 16, 1961 in De Queen. He was a satellite technician, and was a member of the Wickes Church of Christ. Donnie enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Price was preceded in death by his father, Tommie Cleveland Price; a nephew, Jason Morris and a niece, Casey Price.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Brandon and Jean Price of De Queen and Trenton and Alyssa Price of Eagletown, Oklahoma; a daughter, Megan Price of Eagletown; his mother and step-father, Carolyn and Felton Vaught of Gillham, Arkansas; two brothers and sister-in-law, his twin Ronald and Chris Price and Josh Price, all of Gillham; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Brad Morris of De Queen and Patricia and Jimmy Pollard of Gillham; five grandchildren, Aspen Price, Jacob Olalde, Cammy Olalde, Teagan Price and Christopher Donald; a number of nieces and nephews, and his dog, Little Bit.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2022 in the Wickes Church of Christ with Pastor David Jacobs officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

 

Mr. Tim King

Mr. Timothy Alan King, age 58, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, November 6, 2022, in De Queen.

Tim, as he was known to family and friends, was born on September 23, 1964, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Theodore LaRoy and Della Mae Young King, the eldest of two sons. Tim was a 1982 graduate of Nashville High School. Tim worked more than ten years for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen and later as a Carpenter, working a number of years for Paul Spears and DeLois Gentry. Tim married the love of his life, Bonnie D. Sullivan, on August 21, 1999. Together they shared twenty-three loving years. Tim was an avid fan of Arkansas Razorback football and softball, and enjoyed going to concerts, the beach, watching wrestling, fishing, going to the casino, and loved his fur babies. Tim best spent his time with Bonnie, their children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his fathers, Teddy King and Paul Spears.

Tim leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Bonnie King of De Queen; his mother, Della Spears of De Queen; his children, Justin King of Little Rock, Kirstin King of Walkerton, Indiana, Kelsie Taylor and husband Zack of Waldron, and Megan Gilbert and husband Daniel of De Queen; his grandchildren, RaeLee Churchwell, Josie Churchwell, Madison Jones, Mila Canaday, Prezlee Goins, Mariella Canaday, Memphis Czech, Braxton Vaughn, Emberly Taylor, Gage Tucker, Zander Taylor, and Knox Taylor; his brothers, Brian King and wife Kim of Hooks, Texas, and Johnny Spears of De Queen; sister and brother-in-law, Stacy and Mark Heath of Winthrop; his niece and nephews, Breanna King of Ashdown, Matthew King of Lockesburg, Brent Heath of Tom, and Blake Heath of Winthrop; as well as numerous special cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Tim King will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 10, 2022, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brad Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orville Lee Humphrey

Orville Lee Humphrey, age 61, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 at his home.

He was born February 8, 1961 in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Humphrey was a mechanic for Danella Rail Services. He enjoyed hunting, riding four wheelers and loved to read.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas J. and Marietta Evans Humphrey and one brother, Terry Humphrey.

He is survived by his son, Brandon Humphrey of Foreman; granddaughter, Mari Humphrey of Foreman; his adopted children and grandchildren; his fiancé, Patty Hanks of Ashdown; sister-in-law, Debbie Cowley of Foreman; one niece and one nephew.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Humphrey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Pauley Cemetery with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

 

Linda Gail Keeton Born

Mrs. Linda Gail Keeton Born, age 66, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022 at her home.

She was born May 14, 1956 in Kellogg, Idaho. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Born was a housekeeper for the De Queen Hospital for many years and worked in the Deli department at Pruitt’s.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Ray and Bonnie Ward Keeton; her son, William Joseph “B.J.” Born; two brothers, Johnny and Eddie Dale Keeton; two daughters, Tracy and Angela Born.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Randy Gene Born; one son and daughter-in-law, James Earl and Elaine Johnson of Billingsley’s Corner, Arkansas; one daughter, Melissa Johnson of Haworth, Oklahoma; three sisters, Jeannie Norwood of Lockesburg, Sally Lacefield of De Queen and Tammy Huitt of Warren, Arkansas; three brothers, James Ward of Ohio, Terry Keeton of Haworth and Donnie Keeton of Idabel, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Born will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Pauley Cemetery with Jamie Cowan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the funeral home in De Queen.

 

 

 

 

Robert Taylor, Jr.

Mr. Robert Taylor, Jr., age 50, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas passed away Thursday, November 3, 2022 at his home.

He was born March 30, 1972 in Tampa, Florida. He was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Taylor, Sr. and Patricia Brown Taylor.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Golden Taylor; his daughter and son-in-law, Destiny and Kevin Rodgers of Nashville, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Marie Taylor of Idabel, Oklahoma; two sisters, Lisa Taylor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Robbin Shute of Nashville; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Janie and James Pannell of Gillham, Arkansas and Debbie Golden of Dierks; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Paulette Golden of Dierks; one special cousin, Deede Reed of Nashville and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Taylor will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2022 at Fellowship Cemetery with Bro. Gary Welch officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2022 at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

 

 

Mr. Drexal Griffin

Mr. Drexal Kent Griffin, age 81, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Drexal was born on November 29, 1940, in Texarkana, Arkansas, to Estes Lee and Dixie Ann Penney Griffin, one of four children. He married the love of his life, Rosemary Granes, on December 21, 1973, in Balch Springs, Texas. Drexal worked more than twenty years in Industrial Maintenance for Jack Tyler Engineering, until his retirement. He was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and woodworking, but best spent his time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Wayne McArthur; and his brother, Dewayne Griffin.

Drexal is survived by his loving wife of over forty-eight years, Rosemary Griffin of Lockesburg; his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Heather Griffin of Detroit, Texas; three grandchildren, Julia, Brooke, and Courtney; three great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters; two sisters, Cookie Penney and Juaween Thompson, both of Lockesburg; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Services for Mr. Drexal Griffin will not be held at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

 

Floyd Glen Whisenhunt

Mr. Floyd Glen Whisenhunt, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at his home.

He was born August 3, 1961 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a caregiver and cabinet maker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel J. and Barbara Ann Spoletta Whisenhunt; two sisters, Viola Whisenhunt and Cindy Bell.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Gaylord; one step-son, Nathan Flournoy; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mike and Christine Akins, Linda Bowden, Jennifer Bell, Billy Bell and David Bell; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

The family will be at the home of Mike and Christine Akins, 106 Mt. Pleasant Road, De Queen, Arkansas 71832 on Friday November 4, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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