Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily- KDQN
Monday, November 29, 2021

Obituaries

 

 

Dean Richard Abrams

Dean Richard Abrams resident of McLoud, OK formerly of De Queen, was born to Thomas Lee and Roberta Ann Abrams on September 4, 1954 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C.  and passed away on November 24, 2021 in Oklahoma City, OK at the age of 67.  

Dean had a Chemistry degree from University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen, AR and retired from Weyerhaeuser Company – having worked at the Craig Plant, Grayling Structure Wood Mill, Valliant Paper Mill and Tacoma Lab and Corrugated Services in Forney, TX as a process engineer. He enjoyed rebuilding engines, a little wood working, sci-fi movies, reading and all-around tinkering.  

He was preceded in death by his parent, Tom and Roberta; brother-in-law Gregory Campbell; father-in-law Harold F. Young.  

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Sherry Abrams, children Samuel and Megan Abrams, McLoud; Benjamin and Kimberly Abrams, Bixby; three of the cutest little grandsons, Lincoln, Deacan and Killian. His sister Ann Campbell of Richland, WA and her children, John Campbell, Neil Campbell, Maribeth and Hans Van Rooyen.  In-laws Merle and Eldon Miller; Sam and Linda Young and their children Clint and Lauren Young, Brent and Lacey Young; Curtis Young and his daughter Caylee Young. A number of great nieces, nephews, cousins and his friends.  

Cremation is under the direction of Brown’s Family Funeral Home McLoud, OK. A private service will be held at a later date.  

 

 

Sam Kelley

Raymond Sammy Lee (Dunn) Kelley passed away from natural causes in his home on November 27, 2021. He was born in Avery, Texas, on December 2, 1933, the son of Durden Dunn and Verma Kelley. He migrated to Oregon as a teenager where he met and married Mary Brown in 1951, and they had four children. He frequently visited De Queen, Arkansas from the early 1980s and relocated there permanently in 1998, where he lived near his father and worked building ten houses on Dunn Hill.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Mary Kelley; his children, Kim Kelley, Sandra Espinoza, Rose Mary Miller, and Valena (Beno) Warden; his adopted son, Bo Dara; his siblings, Charlene, Pat, Charlotte, Glenda, Howard, and Johnny Ward, and Rick Dunn; seventeen grandchildren; and twenty-two great grandchildren.

At the request of Mr. Sam Kelley, services will not be scheduled. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Wannette “Pete” Hendricks

Mrs. Wannette Simpson Hendricks, affectionately known as “Pete”, departed this life on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Yukon, Oklahoma, at the age of 81.

Pete was born November 7, 1940, in Oklahoma to the union of Ben and Janie Simpson. She was a high school graduate and went on to receive her license in Licensed Practical Nursing. She married the love of her life, J.C. Hendricks, on May 30, 1958, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed reading, old country music, and attending singings at the Broken Bow Mainstreet on Friday and Saturday nights.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband, J.C. Hendricks.

Pete is survived by one sister, Wilma Pressley of Eagletown, Oklahoma; and many friends, to numerous to count.

Services for Mrs. Pete Hendricks will be conducted by Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen and will held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at West Otis Cemetery with Leon Klitz, Minister, officiating. Friends and family are welcome to the funeral home from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, for viewing. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Thao “Lyn” Pham

Thao “Lyn” Pham, age 49, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at her home.

She was born August 7, 1972 in Vietnam. Lyn was the owner of US Nails in De Queen. She enjoyed visiting with all of her customers at the nail shop, enjoyed singing and listening to music and loved the outdoors.

Lyn was preceded in death by her father, Ha Nguyen.

She is survived by her husband, Quan Pham; one daughter, Jackie Pham ; one son, Timothy Pham, all of De Queen; mother, Gima N Hart; two brothers, Khanh Hart Nguyen, and Jack Hart Nguyen

Funeral Mass for Lyn will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday November 29, 2021 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. Cremation will follow.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday November 28, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Darrell Wayne Hall

Mr. Darrell Wayne Hall, age 54, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died peacefully at his home after a long illness on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

He was born April 30, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas. Darrell enjoyed hunting, being in the woods and spending time with his family. He was a Christian.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his father, Junior David Hall; his step-father, Frank Bishop Jester; his sister, Donna Hall Pollard and two brothers-in-law, Dennis Keith Erving and Larry Dean Johnson.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Andrea Hall of Ohio; his mother, Ruby Hall Jester; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Chery and Buzz Corey of Bells, Texas and Jean Hall of Lockesburg; three brothers and a sister-in-law, David Hall of Lockesburg, Danny Hall of Dierks and Johnny and Kathy Hall of New Tazwell, Tennessee; his brother-in-law, Tony Pollard of Lockesburg; two grandsons, Kaius and Lucius Hall; a special friend, Tanya Conatser and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Brenda Ann Jones

Ms. Brenda Ann Volentine Jones, age 74, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, peacefully passed from this life on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Nashville, Arkansas.

Brenda was born to the union of Horace J. and Cloyes Mildred Honea Volentine on May 11, 1947, in Hope, Arkansas. She was a high school graduate and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing. She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen, and enjoyed reading, crafting, traveling, spending time on her computer, and essential oils. Most of all, Brenda cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Clay Alan Witherspoon; grandson, Corey Gants; and her brother, David Michael Volentine.

Brenda leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne (Michael) Gants of East Ridge, Tennessee, and Kristel (Jody) Williams of De Queen; nine grandchildren, Alarick Lewis of East Ridge, Davin Lewis of Great Bend, Tyler Gants of East Ridge, Alana Gants of East Ridge, Chealsie (Benjamin) McColley of Hope, Kennedy Williams of De Queen, Dacoda Witherspoon of Durant, Trenton Witherspoon of Broken Bow, and Sarinda Witherspoon of Broken Bow; four great-grandchildren, Timothy McColley, Lucas McColley, Randall McColley, and Astrid Lewis; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

At the request of Ms. Brenda Jones, services will not be scheduled. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Robbie Virgil “Diggs” Jester

Mr. Robbie Virgil Jester (Diggs) 95 years old of Brownstown, Arkansas passed away Saturday November 13th 2021 with all 6 children by his side. Mr. Jester was born October 21, 1926 in Lockesburg AR the son of the late Bishop and Jennie Belle Jester.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 70 years Verlene Jester (BlueEyes): his Sister Royalene Jester: Brothers Cecil, Frank, Merrill, Howard, Herschel and Clarence; and son-in-law, Ricky Ragle.

Survivors include his six children. Robbie Dean and Gayle Jester of Brownstown, AR; Sue Ragle of Canton, TX; Kay and Robert Sanders of Canton, TX; Ricky and Anita Jester of Lockesburg, AR; Malinda and Jeff Winton of Nashville, AR; and Peggy and Ken Friday of Ben Lomond, AR. Also left to cherish his memory are his 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 33 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandsons. Also survived by sister Mildred Truly of Lockesburg, sister-in-law Ruby Jester of Lockesburg, AR and Bea Jester of Camden, AR and brother-in-law Wesley Gentry and wife Sammye along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Diggs was a Methodist and a member of the Brownstown Community church. He was a US Navy Veteran serving in World War II and retired from Braswell Sand and Gravel. After retirement from Braswell he spent 25 years mowing yards and cemeteries, building fences, painting houses, and cutting wood. In his spare time, he loved to hunt, to play dominos, throw horseshoes and bags and very few (if any) could beat him.

The family wishes to give special recognition for all the love and excellent care provided to him by caregivers Gayle Jester, Becky Harberson, Jeanie Green Marion and Dean Winship over that last few months.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday November 16th 2021 at Wrights Chapel Cemetery near Lockesburg, AR with Nick Box officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR.

Visitation for Mr. Jester will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday November 15th, 2021 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home at De Queen AR.

 

 

Cheryl Anne Rudy

Cheryl Anne McWilliams Rudy, age 45, a resident of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born April 4, 1976 in De Queen, Arkansas. She loved her cats and working at the vet office.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, Jacqueline and Clayborne McWilliams, grandparents, Imogene and LD Mack; two brothers, Douglas McWilliams and Randy McWilliams. 

She is survived by her husband, Mike Rudy of King of Prussia; Cathy Diggs and Randy Diggs of Horatio; Carole Bearden and Randy Bearden of Ashdown; sisters, Carie Diggs of Horatio, Traci Haile and Will Haile of Midland, Texas; one brother, Joshua Diggs of Dierks; and a number of nieces and nephews. Kevin Mack and Trish Mack, brothers, Woodie and Karla Mack, James and Jenna Mack, Jason and Amber Mack; three stepbrothers.

Graveside funeral services for Cheryl will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Redmen Cemetery with Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Stephen Patrick Bell 

Mr. Stephen Patrick Bell, age 48, resident of Camden, Arkansas, peacefully passed from this life on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at his home in Camden.

Stephen was born November 9, 1973, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Ira Dale Love and Cynthia Ann Bell. Stephen was a 1992 graduate of Lockesburg High School and worked as a Laborer. He was a member of Concord Family Church in Camden and enjoyed listening to music, astrology, and good home cooking. Stephen was a free-spirit and lived life to the fullest. More than anything, he cherished the time spent with his loving family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, who raised Stephen as their own, Mervin and Juanita Bell; one brother, Jamie Don Bell; one sister, April Love; and his stepfather, Fredrick McKinney, Sr.

Stephen leaves to cherish his loving memory, two sons, Dajon Keaire Riley and wife Shannon of Houston, and Deangelo Santana Bell of Little Rock; one daughter, Kalliana Nicole Bell of Benton; his soon-to-be first grandchild; his parents, Ira D. Love and wife Magigor of Old Washington, and Cynthia Ann Bell McKinney of Camden; five siblings, Ashley McKinney of Camden, Fredrick McKinney, Jr. of Camden, Amy McKinney of Camden, Bridget Love-Smith and husband Coven of Glenn Heights, Texas, and Crystal Love of Dallas; his paternal grandparents, Tommie and Ruth Love of Old Washington; special cousin, Ryan Bell of Little Rock; special friend, Dewey Hatley of Little Rock; his Aunt Judy and Uncle Chuck McGhee of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Uncle Don Bell, and Uncle James M. and wife Linda Bell, all of Little Rock; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Stephen Bell will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 20, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Reginald Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Springs Cemetery in Lockesburg. General viewing will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Repast will follow the services on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church Community Center in Lockesburg.

 

 

Wilma Jean Kennedy Williams

Wilma Jean Kennedy Williams, age 87, a resident of Kilgore, Texas, died Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Kilgore, Texas.

She was born July 1, 1934 in Dierks, Arkansas. Wilma was a member of the Church of Christ. She liked country music and watching tv. She enjoyed working with her fellow employees at Riff’s Department Store in Longview, Texas.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, H.L and Lois Ella Stokes Kennedy.

She is survived by one son, Ricky and (Elizabeth) Williams of Las Cruces, New Mexico; four grandchildren, Katy Williams, Estis “Bubba” Williams, Dustin Williams and Bryan Williams; eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services for Wilma will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 15, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Minister Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

 

Margarete Sowell

Ms. Margarete Paula Mertz Sowell, age 91, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at her home.

Margarete was born October 31, 1930, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Margarete was of the Baptist faith and worked different capacities over the years. She worked several years for White’s Cafeteria in Little Rock, Arkansas, and later worked in cleaning services. She enjoyed working in her yard and sewing, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Paul Mertz, Willie Mertz, and Ernest Mertz; a sister, Annarosa Mertz; and a grandson, Paul Sowell.

Margarete leaves to cherish her memory, one son, James Sowell of Horatio; two daughters, Margaret Morris and special friend Charlie Whisenhunt of Gillham, and Rosemary Sowell of De Queen; three grandchildren, Michael Sowell and wife Amanda of Louisville, Kentucky, Willie Sowell and wife Basilisa of De Queen, and Amanda Davis of Hot Springs, Arkansas; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Ms. Margarete Sowell will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Redmen Cemetery with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

James Craig Balch

SFC James Craig Balch, 60, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 of complications from a very short battle with cancer. He took his last breath surrounded by his family at the veterans hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

Balch was born March 22, 1961 in Little Rock, Ark., to the union of the late Dr. James I. and Linda M. Balch.

Balch was a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, having deployed with the Arkansas National Guard’s 148th Medical Evacuation Hospital. Balch served in Arkansas National Guard for almost 28 years.

Balch leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Dr. Ying Hua Gao-Balch; daughter Cloann Jones and daughter Jaycie Jones; son Chaz M. Balch, wife Mindy J. and children Abigail J. Dillon M. and Madelyn R.; sister Lisa Lynn Balch; and brother John Balch, wife Mary and children Sutton and Mary Grace.

Funeral arrangement are pending for Balch to be interred at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Ark., under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home. Please check the funeral home’s website for updates: smithfamilycares.com

Balch, known as J.C. among his friends, was a fun-loving, hard-rocking member of the De Queen High School Class of 1979 who once almost set the school auditorium on fire during a talent show when he breathed fire like KISS’ Gene Simmons.

In lieu of flowers, do something fun that makes you laugh and “Rock and Rock All Nite.”

 

 

Carolyn Sue Manry

Carolyn Sue Manry, age 81, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Carolyn was born August 3, 1940 to Ruby and Earnest Blakely. She attended school in Murfreesboro. She was a member of Biggs Chapel Methodist Church.

Carolyn proceeded to work in multiple fields throughout her life including managing a Holiday Inn in McAlester, Oklahoma; working for Dr. Frank Daniel in DeQueen, and eventually running her own business. She married Earnest Manry in the summer of 1984.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband: Earnest Manry; her parents: Ruby Mae and Tannie Folsom; Father: Earnest Lee Blakely; Brothers Larry O’Neal and Roland O’Neal.

She is survived by her son: Michael Robert Cortez; two brothers: Jim Blakely and wife Barbara, Robert O’Neal and wife Wanda; one sister Laurah Orr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Roy Cemetery with Rev. Jim Henderson officiating, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.

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

 

 

Danny Andrews

Mr. Daniel Wayne “Danny” Andrews, age 64, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at his home.

Danny was the oldest of two sons born to the union of Billy Jenson and Ora Lea Clements Andrews on April 20, 1957, in Colorado City, Texas. Danny was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed fishing, guns, attending gun shows, and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Danny was a loving character and cherished the time spent with his loving family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Ora Andrews.

Danny leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Autumn Andrews of De Queen; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Teresa Andrews of Texarkana; half-brother, Billy Andrews; special friends, Robert and Sonia Fisher of De Queen; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Williamson, Kevin Andrews, Selena Stinnett, and Autumn Andrews; great-niece and nephew, Blake Andrews and Grace Andrews; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Danny Andrews will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 11, 2021, at Millwee Cemetery, Horatio. General viewing will be held from 12:00 P.M., Noon, until 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to a charity of your choice. 

 

 

Ms. Leatha Robey

Ms. Leatha Lavern Hinkle Robey, age 49, resident of Cove, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Leatha was born September 20, 1972, in Bakersfield, California, to the union of William Henry Hinkle, Sr. and Carol Jean Pulcher Hinkle, one of six children. She was a graduate of Foothill High School. Leatha worked different capacities over the years, but was most successfully a Homemaker. She was adventurous free-spirit and enjoyed going to the river, her dogs: Niko and Baby Girl, and bragging about her children, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Billie Jean Hinkle.

Leatha leaves to cherish her loving memory, four children, Sam Molina of De Queen, Crystal Reid and husband Ryan of Dierks, Gary Robey of Lockesburg, and Briley Robey of Dierks; four grandchildren, Mackenzie Molina, Makayla Molina, and Bratelyn Molina, all of De Queen, and Cooper Reid of Dierks; four siblings, Laura Lowe of Casper, Wyoming, Mary Sexton and husband Vernon of Casper, Wyoming, William Hinkle, Jr. and wife Sunshine of Hatton, and Joe Hinkle of Blytheville; her special uncle, Uncle Gary Hinkle of Hatton; as well as other uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Ms. Leatha Robey will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, November 8, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Service arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Rusty Kesterson

Rusty Kesterson, age 59, was born in Nashville, Arkansas, November 18, 1961 and graduated from Dierks High School.

Rusty was a diesel mechanic and passed away October 12, 2021. He was preceded in death by Woodrow and Vee Kesterson.

Survivors include his daughter, Rachele Marie and granddaughter, Isabella Marie Kesterson.

A memorial service will be at Burg Cemetery just south of Umpire on November 6th at 1 pm.

In lieu of lowers a tribute could be made to the American Stroke Association.

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

 

 

 

Donna Ruth Hall Pollard

Donna Ruth Hall Pollard, age 60, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, October 29, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born April 16, 1961 in Bakersfield, California. She was a retired CNA and a was member of Old Time Gospel Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She loved her job as a CNA and loved reading her bible.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Junior David Hall; a brother-in-law, Larry Johnson; her step-dad, Frank Jester; and a nephew, Tyler Hall.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Pollard of Lockesburg; her children, John Hudson and fiancé, Trista Purtell of Lockesburg, Shannon Hale of Lockesburg, and Steven and Latasha Hudson of Lockesburg; her grandchildren, Jacob Hudson, Samantha Hudson, Shelby Smith, Valerie Smith, Junior Robbins, Victoria Dixon, Nathan Hudson and Ethan Hudson; her mother, Ruby Hall of Lockesburg; her siblings, Buzz and Cheryl Cory of Bells, Texas, David Hall of Lockesburg, Jean Johnson of Provo, Arkansas, Darrell Hall of Lockesburg, Danny Hall of Lockesburg, and Johnny and Kathy Hall of New Tazewell, Tennessee; and a number of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Donna will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Belleville Cemetery with Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Ms. Susie Willis

Ms. Carolyn Sue Willis, affectionately known as Susie, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 28, 2021, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 74 years of age.

Susie was born the youngest of eleven children to the union of William “Bill” and Willie Calvin Short Willis on March 6, 1947, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a 1965 graduate of Horatio High School and went on to receive an Associate’s of Science from Carl Albert Junior College in Poteau, Oklahoma. She worked in different capacities over the years, including restaurant management, bookkeeping, and keeping the home. She was a member of Horatio First Assembly of God Church and enjoyed traveling, reading, going to church, playing games, and shopping. Most of all, Susie cherished the time spent with her daughters, grandchildren, family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Willie Willis; two brothers, R.C. Willis and Paul Willis; and five sisters, Effie Morgan, Ruthie McCoy, Juanita Roberts, Mildred Irvan, and Willie May Willis.

Susie leaves to cherish her loving memory, two daughters, Stacy Grissom of Glenwood, and Kendra Reeves and husband Shawn of Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren, Chelsea Grissom, Zach Grissom, Josh Grissom, Jordan Webb, Joey Willis, Morgan Willis, Mackenzi Reeves, Jake Reeves, and Preston Reeves; great-grandchild, Bjorn Haken Grissom; two brothers, Billy F. Willis of Horatio, and Glynn Willis and wife Bonnie of Horatio; sister, LaVerne Willis of Stephensville, Texas; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Ms. Susie Willis will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Interment will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Nola Jean Holmes Hall

Mrs. Nola Jean Holmes Hall passed from this life on Friday, October 29, 2021, at home surrounded by family.

Nola was born October 15, 1954, to Earnest and Mary Holmes in Hawarden, Iowa. She was a 1972 graduate of De Queen High School and married the love of her life, Vernon Roger Hall, on July 11, 1972, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ and was a retired Homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, gardening, playing with and watching her dogs, cats, ducks, and her goose. Her favorite thing to do was cook and share time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 45 years, Roger Hall; her grandson, Klayton Moore; and two sisters, Rita Cox and Tina Hettinger.

Nola is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Rebecca Hall of Bodcaw; her daughter and son-in-law, Windee and Andrew Cole of De Queen; her grandchildren, Jace and Trey Tipton of Bodcaw, and Paityn Cole of De Queen; brother, Howard Holmes of Benton; sister, Terri Williams of Texarkana; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Nola Hall will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at Millwee Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Trauger officiating. General viewing will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Charles Edgar Chandler

Charles Edgar Chandler, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 27, 2021 a Texarkana hospital.

Mr. Chandler was born October 1, 1947 in De Queen, AR. to Levi and Mattie Chandler. He was a retired train engineer for De Queen and Eastern Railroad. He was a member of First Baptist Church, De Queen. He enjoyed hunting, watching westerns, but most of all spending time with his family especially his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Mattie Ramsey Chandler; two brothers R.L. Chandler and Coy Chandler, two sisters, Eula Elder and Mittie Jean Hendricks.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlotte Fowler Chandler of De Queen, two daughters and son in laws, Chwanda and Floyd Vocque of Bauxite and Chayla and Chad Earney of De Queen; four grandsons, Hayden Vocque of Bauxite, Taylor Vocque of Bauxite, Hunter Earney of De Queen, and Cole Earney of De Queen; one brother, Arlice Chandler of Horatio; four sisters, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, OK., Henrietta (Alvie) Nix of Horatio, Patricia (Danny) Lipsey of Horatio, Janette Durham of Mesquite, Tx and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Charles will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Old Center Church in Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Josh Herwick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity or church.

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

 

 

 

Tammy Lynn Hobbs

Tammy Lynn Hobbs, age 50, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, October 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born February 22, 1971 in Taft, Texas. Tammy always put her family first. She made it a point to contact and spend as much time as possible with her family members. When not spending time with her family, Tammy enjoyed listening to music and watching television. She always preferred to see these performances live with her friends and family.

Tammy was preceded in death by her mother, Sherrill Ann Williams.

She is survived by her father, Larry Hobbs; one son, Brady Hobbs and her brothers and sisters.

A memorial service for Tammy will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 1, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks, Arkansas with Bro. Larry Fry officiating.

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

 

 

Maudie Shelton

Mrs. Maudie Davis Shelton, age 83, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, October 25, 2021, in De Queen.

“Top”, as she was known to her family and many friends, was born October 28, 1937, in Sevier County, Arkansas, to the union of William Levi “Bill” and Willie Madge Davis. She was a 1955 graduate of Horatio High School. Top married the love of her life, Vernon Clarence Shelton, on March 17, 1956, in Horatio, and to this one son was born. She worked in the Craig Plant of Dierks Lumber and later for Horatio State Bank, retiring after several years of service. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen and was a faithful member of the Joy Singers, where she spent forty-years sharing the gospel with song. Top enjoyed reading, sewing, and gardening, but most cherished her time spent with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Madge Davis; her loving husband of over 62 years, Vernon Shelton; and a brother, Jay Ragan.

Top leaves to cherish her loving memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Darrell Vernon “Buddy” and Carla (Cox) Shelton of De Queen; two grandsons and their spouses, Bryan Scott and Ashley Shelton of De Queen, and Randall Eric and Ashley of Mulberry; two great-grandchildren, Jaxon Ty Shelton, and Emery Jane Shelton of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Billy Darrell “Cy” and Shirley Davis of Eagletown; one sister, Betty and late husband Kenneth Chapman of Broken Bow; sister-in-law, Ann Ragan of Eagletown; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maudie Shelton will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow at West Otis Cemetery, Horatio.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M., at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

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

 

 

McMahan “Mack” Hibbs

McMahan “Mack” Hibbs, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021 at his home.

He was born December 30, 1933 in Howard County, Arkansas. He was an avid member of the De Queen Church of Christ. He married the love of his life on April 11, 1953. He loved the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family. Was a truck driver by trade to which he worked until his retirement at the age of 78 from Jimmie Tucker Trucking.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Eva Lou Hibbs; his parents, Benjamin and Iva Marie Greathouse Hibbs; three brothers, Dempsey Lofton, Norman Lofton and Frank Hibbs; one granddaughter, Eva Marie Leeper; one great grandson, Joe Michael Brizendine.

Survived by his closest, dearest friend, Dee Ann Elliott; two daughters, Suzann and husband, David Churchwell of Eagletown and Diane and husband Craig Causey of De Queen; three sons, Mikeal and wife Rose Hibbs of Broken Bow, David and wife Dena Hibbs of De Queen, Mackey and wife, Amanda Hibbs of Provo; sixteen grandchildren, April, Vanetta, Billy, Kayla, Jason, Stacy, Michelle, Misty, Crystal, Ladonna, Justin, Kaley, Payton, Jacob, Lanie and Belle; twenty-four great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 29, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 28th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Moses Demetrus Aaron

Moses Demetrus Aaron, age 29, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021 at his home.

He was born March 8, 1992 in Idabel, Oklahoma. Moses was a welder and a Baptist.

Survived by his wife, Hailee Aaron; two sons, Myles Demetrus Aaron and Deylin Malyk Aaron; one daughter, Isabella Paige Aaron; his mother, Tammie Black of De Queen; two sisters, Julia Key of De Queen and Trista Black of De Queen; maternal grandmother, Ruby Barrow of De Queen and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery pavilion with Mary Overturf officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friend from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 26th at the funeral home. 

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

 

 

 

James Edward Horn

James Edward Horn went to his heavenly home on October 23, 2021

He was born on August 29, 1966, to Edward and Annette Horn of Foreman, AR. He was preceded in death by his mother Annette, grandparents Earl and Thelma Horn, grandparents Rufus and Claudia Jean Terrell, and one uncle, Mark Terrell.
James is survived by his son Steven Edward Horn and three grandchildren, Nathan, Rachel, and Kenlee.

James is also survived by his father Edward Horn, his brother Allen Horn, sister-in-law Shelly Horn, and niece and nephew Rose and Chaise Horn, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

General viewing will be at Wilkerson Funeral Home in DeQueen, AR on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Graveside services will be at Marvin Cemetery in Foreman, AR at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 27, 2021 with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

James will be missed by all of his many friends and family.

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

 

 

Jack Clinton Wray

Jack Clinton Wray was born on Dec 15, 1954 and went to Heaven on October 22nd, 2021 at the age of 66.

He was the former owner of Jack Wray’s Body Shop & prided himself in his workmanship, honesty & quality.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Robert & Jeanette Wray his brother, Robbie Wray and his favorite mother-in-law, Ida Margaret Coulter Stone.

Survived by his wife, Adrienne Wray and his sister, Janet (Lee) Davis, sisters-in-law, Melinda Taggart (Cheryl Thomson) & Susie (David) Rollin, nephews Kris (Tara) Lancaster & Scott (Jade) Lancaster, Gale Phillips, Scotty (Jackie) Davis, Andy (Tina) Davis and niece, Maria (Michael) Clowers. He is also survived by his faithful beagle, Sadie Pearl Wray.

A celebration of life will be held in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The family requests that you wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers Jack asked that donations be made to: www.passionforpooches.org utilizing the “Donations” tab or by check to Passion for Pooches, C/O Dawn Smith, 995 BK Pickering Dr., Texarkana, TX 75501.

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

 

 

John Harvey Nelson

John Harvey Nelson, age 76, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas passed away Friday, October 22, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 27, 1945 in Atoka, Oklahoma. Mr. Nelson was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ. He worked for Ash Grove Cement for 42 years as a control room operator. He served on Winthrop City Council, Winthrop School Board, and Horatio School Board. He loved camping and watching Winthrop Wolves basketball and later Horatio football and basketball. Mr. Nelson was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with great sense of humor and always enjoyed teasing people and playing jokes.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Dorothuly Nelson of Arkinda, Arkansas; paternal grandparents; John C. and Eary Belle Nelson of Arkinda; maternal grandparents, Harvey and Goldie Manion of Stringtown, Oklahoma, one infant brother, Wilborn Maniord Nelson and a special cousin Carol Sue Green Matthews.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Judy Martin Nelson; one son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Susan Nelson of Jewell, Arkansas and one daughter, Johnna Nelson of Midwest City, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Julie Hice Scott and Kenzey Nelson and two great-grandchildren, Lauren Scott and Joseph Scott; three special cousins, Sherry Lewis, Billy Wayne Nelson and Mary Ann Green Moore.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 25, 2021 Blackland Cemetery in Foreman, Arkansas with Leon Klitz officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Lucy Becerra

Ms. Lucille Oralia Becerra, affectionately known as “Lucy”, age 51, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

Lucy was born on August 27, 1970, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, to the Natividad Becerra and Oralia Garcia Ortega. Lucy was a loving and caring lady who preferred to devote her time to others. She worked several years for Wal-Mart in De Queen, and most recently as a caregiver. She was a faithful member of the De Queen First Assembly of God where she served with the Praise Team. She loved her Lord and had a servant’s heart. It was her greatest desire to share the love of her Lord through her valiant work in outreach ministry. She enjoyed her time spent with the men and women of Celebrate Recovery and time spent with the Sevier County Jail Ministry. Lucy loved fishing, camping, campfires, and the being at the lake. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and family. Though she may be gone from this life, she will always be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jordan Becerra, and a brother, Victor Becerra.

Lucy leaves to cherish her loving memory, three children, Lawrence Torres and wife Sarai of Houston, Josh Becerra of De Queen, and Veronica Contreras of De Queen; ten grandchildren, Janell, Josselyn, Emilee, Elliana, Alexander, Santiago, Adriana, Carolina, Zion, and Zaiden; her father, Natividad Becerra and wife Cathie of De Queen; her mother, Oralia Garcia Ortega of De Queen; three brothers, Robert Becerra of Broken Bow, Nati Becerra and wife Cindy of De Queen, and Miguel Becerra of Houston; as well as a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Lucy Becerra will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Christian Raul Balderas

Christian Raul Balderas, age 13, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 at St. Joseph Children’s Hospital in Tampa Bay, Florida.

He was born August 27, 2008 in Texarkana, Texas. Christian was a 7th grade student at Horatio Jr. High School. He enjoyed reading, spending time outdoors, science, spending time with his family and learning about animals.

He is survived by his parents, Pedro Balderas and Blanca Hernandez; one brother, Pedro Balderas, Jr.; three aunts, Elena Balderas, Dolores Balderas, Carina Hernandez; three uncles, Luis Balderas, Ricardo Balderas, Kevin Wesley; paternal grandparents, Maria and Jose Balderas, maternal grandparents, Beatriz Felipe and Ramiro Hernandez; a number of cousins, other relatives, a host of friends and teachers from Horatio Public Schools and the Horatio Community.

Funeral Mass for Christian will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Alpha Murl Parks Higgins

Alpha Murl Parks Higgins, age 96, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 14, 1924 in Mineral, Arkansas. Murl was married to Harold Lazell Higgins on July 18, 1942. They were married for 65 years and had 6 children. She enjoyed working in her flowerbed, raking leaves, cooking Sunday lunch for the family, sewing, quilting and spending time with her family. She worked from Lane-Tyson for 32 years.

Murl was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Lazell Higgins; her parents, Benjamin and Georgie Blakemore Parks; six siblings, Nep Argenbright, Derwin Parks, Tula Mae Higgins, Dall Vard Parks, Neta Faye Whisenhunt, Freida Jo Adair; one grandson, Deane Gage; one daughter-in-law, Betty Jo Higgins.

She is survived by her five daughters, Delena Jewell and late husband, Walter Jewell of Gillham, Bonita and husband Bill Farley of De Queen, Diana Mayo and husband Charley of De Queen, Donna Yancey and late husband, Paul Ray Yancey of De Queen, Lavetta Yancey and late husband, Jimmy Yancey of Judsonia, Arkansas; one son, Harold D. and wife Malissa Higgins of Gillham; one brother, Delter Parks and wife Inez of Wickes; twelve grandchildren, Carla Helland of Elma, WA., Stacey Jewell of Gillham, Billy Farley of De Queen, Sonya McKinley and husband, Randell of De Queen, Ryan Higgins and wife, Lucy of Livingston, TN., Christa Wise and husband, Bruce of De Queen, Teresa Chandler and husband, Gaylon of De Queen, Janet Mayo of De Queen, Angie Smith and husband, Phillip of Saratoga, WY., Paul Yancey Jr. and wife Lori of De Queen, Legina Sims and special friend, Jamie Apple of Searcy, Arkansas, Linda Yancey and special friend John Johnson of Judsonia, Arkansas, twenty-nine great grandchildren and thirty-seven great great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends from all across the United States.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Ryan Higgins officiating. Burial will follow at Mineral Cemetery in Gillham under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 22th at the funeral home.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

John McKnight

John Wayne McKnight, age 74, of Fouke, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in a Magnolia, Arkansas nursing home from complications of Alzheimer’s. 

Mr. McKnight was born May 17, 1947 in Fouke, Arkansas. He was a retired millwright at Weyerhaeuser in Dierks, Arkansas for forty-two years.  He was also a Baptist.

 John loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Maria, would tour the countryside on their Harley, marveled by all the sights and beauty they encountered.  He was an avid bowler and looked forward to playing on a league each year. He was a mason and a member of the Buffalo Gap Lodge # 484 in Langley, Arkansas. He was past President of the Millwright Union in Dierks.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda McKnight Holder.

He is survived by his wife, Maria McKnight of Fouke, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Carina McKnight of Nashville, Arkansas; one stepson Charlie Moss of De Queen, Arkansas, three stepdaughters and one stepson-in-law, Tesa Hall of De Queen, Arkansas; Tasha and Wes Kemp of Acorn, Arkansas; Randi Jo Baker of Mena, Arkansas one brother, George McKnight of Sanger, Texas and one sister, Brenda Eriksen of Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives.

A graveside memorial service will be 10:00 A. M. Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Rocky Mound Cemetery with Rev. Steve Carter officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the Texarkana Alzheimer’s Assoc., 100 Memory Lane, Texarkana, Texas 75503.

Register online @ www.texarkanafuneralhome.com

 

 

Pansy Maxine Morris

Ms. Pansy Maxine Manning Morris, age 82, resident of De Queen, and former resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Pansy was born to the union of Mack C. and Susie LaFaye Westbrook Manning on September 4, 1939, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two daughters, Karen Crane, and Betty Null.

Pansy leaves to cherish her memory, five sons, Johnny, Dewayne, Kenneth, Curtis, and Matthew; a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Melvin Mills

Mr. Melvin Curtis Mills entered this life on February 3, 1959, to A.J. Mills and Ethel Lene Tucker Mills. He passed from this life on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the age of 62 years, 8 months, and 11 days, due to complications of Cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Joe Bob Mills; cousin, Bobby Abe Mills; and grandparents, Tobe Tucker and Katie Kight Mills Chase.

Melvin loved hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and was a member of Ash Creek Hunting Club. If he was having a bad day doing the things he loved, you could find him sitting in the dirt looking for crystals. He enjoyed time spent with his family, friends, and his fur babies.

Melvin leaves his memories to his wife of 38 years, Sheri Mills of De Queen; daughter, Jessica Mills Hudson of Woodward, Oklahoma; special son, Michael Waggoner of De Queen; two brothers, Arthur James Mills and wife Dianna, and Carl Eugene Mills and wife Carolyn, all of Corsicana, Texas; two sisters, Pamela Kay Sumler and husband Duane, and Sherrilene Faye Wynne, all of De Queen; special cousin, Bobby Davis of Gillham; three grandchildren, Jordan Mills, Benjamin Hudson, and Mackenzie Hudson; two sisters-in-law, June Pinson and husband Jerry of Dierks, and Stacy Higgins of De Queen; brother-in-law, Jay Whitley of New Orleans; two half brothers-in-law, Will Whitley of Ohio, and Chris Whitley of North Carolina; half sister-in-law, Amanda Hoover of Kentucky; his special girlfriend, Billie Shepard of Dierks; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

He worked many jobs during his time here on Earth. He cut firewood, worked at Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods. In Oregon, he worked in plastic and fertilizer plants.

The family of Mr. Melvin Mills will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, October 17, 2021, at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Oak Grove Cemetery, De Queen, with Mike Chenoweth officiating. Following the memorial service, family and friends will go to cast memories of Melvin in the hills at Ash Creek Hunting Club. Funeral and Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy expression at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

David Ramsey

Mr. David Austin Ramsey, age 84, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at home with family by his side.

David was born to the union on Orlen and Lyda Maybell Chandler Ramsey on June 19, 1937, in the West Line Community of Sevier County. He was a 1955 graduate of De Queen High School and faithfully served ten years with the United States Army. He married the love of his life, Katrina Rose Stephens, on November 8, 1958, in Horatio, Arkansas, and to this union, two children were born. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, David made his career with De Queen and Eastern – Texas, Oklahoma, and Eastern Railroad, retiring after thirty-one years of service. Even though he was retired, David was not finished working. He began working in security for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, once again retiring after several years of service. David enjoyed sitting on the back porch, working in his yard, listening to country music, going to the casino, and had unmatched storytelling abilities. More than anything, David cherished the time spent with Kaye, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orlen and Lyda Ramsey, and his son, Branson Ramsey.

David leaves to cherish his loving memory, his loving wife of almost 63 years, Kaye Ramsey of De Queen; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Noel Lovelace of Horatio; four grandchildren, Austin Ramsey, Tanner Ramsey, Tisha Martinez, and Kimber Frachiseur; ten great-grandchildren, Peyton, Carter, Cayden, Trevor, Everley, Attalee, Landon, Pace, Mila, and Madden; one brother, Arlen Ramsey of Fredericksburg, Texas; as well as other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mr. David Ramsey will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Chapel Hill Cemetery with Tanner Ramsey officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Charles Randy Dorsey

Mr. Charles Randy Dorsey, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 17, 1956 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was a cattle farmer for Rudy Rivas Farms.

Mr. Dorsey was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Ellis and Gracie Viola (Patton) Dorsey; two sisters, Wanda Edens and Fenora Watkins and one brother, Gary Dorsey.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Hudson of Foreman, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Dorsey will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with John Gutierres officiating.

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

 

 

 

Cheri Denise Ayers

Cheri Denise Ayers, age 60, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born July 16, 1961. Cheri loved her kids and grandchildren, they were her life.

Cheri was preceded in death by her parents, Joy D. Pickett and Betty J. Walker Frady.

She is survived by her four children, April Stinson and husband Johnny of Lockesburg, Curtis Ayers of De Queen, Jennifer Ayers of Lockesburg; Kimberly Ayers of De Queen; twelve grandchildren, Halli Stinson, Jacob Stinson, Dominic Ayers, Nolan Ayers, Ty Kight, Aubrey Kight, Aaliyah Ayers, Alissa Ayers, Alaina Tietge, Angel Currence, Adalynn Morgan, Abigayle Morgan; one brother, Randy Pickett of Lockesburg; one sister, Sonya Pickett of Springdale, Arkansas and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services for Cheri will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 14, 2021 at First Baptist Church in De Queen with Bro. Josh Herweck officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral home.

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

 

 

Mrs. Martha Terry

Mrs. Martha Ann Rolfe Williamson Terry, age 66, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, October 11, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

Martha was born on August 31, 1955, in Rochester, New York, and was a graduate of a Rochester High School. She attended the Williamson Community Church in Horatio and worked as a Secretary for Gra-Don Industrial in Ashdown. Martha enjoyed animals, especially horses, and helping others. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy Rolfe Griffin; her husband, George Williamson, better known as “Pa-Paw”; one son, Robert Greenwood; and one brother, Harold Rolfe.

Martha leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband, Robert Terry; three sons, Jason Greenwood, David Greenwood, and Bendigo Greenwood and wife Kaisie; one daughter, Jessica Easlon; grandchildren, Melanie Greenwood, Seth Greenwood, Alicen Greenwood, Junior Easlon, Zachary Easlon, and Luke Greenwood; one great-grandchild, Faith Easlon; one brother, John Rolfe; as well as other dear relatives, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. Services are not scheduled at this time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Larry Johnson

Mr. Larry Dean Johnson, a resident of Provo Community in Lockesburg, Arkansas, was the tenth and last child born to Ebbin White Johnson and Willie Lou Bishop in Lone Grove, Texas, on Monday, February 14, 1949, and left us for his forever home in heaven on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 72 years old.

Larry spent the first four years of his life as part of a migrant farmworker family, working in the fields alongside his siblings and parents. He graduated from Arvin High School in 1967. Larry served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1973. He worked in oil production, carpentry, construction, farming, maintenance, and other jobs to support his family. Larry retired in 2011. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Jerome, Roy, Donnie, and Ebbin Johnson; and three sisters: Beulah Cady, Eula Moore, and Martha Bone.

Larry is survived by his wife Jean; four daughters: Sasha Johnson, Lee Awna Johnson, Abbie Hall, and Mindy Zacarias; three sisters: Peairlee Hall, Reba Young, and Wilma Green-Harget; eight grandchildren: Christina Johnson, Sabrina Wertz, Sarah Nash, Cylindria Johnson, Sage Johnson, Amanda Sain, Adrian Zacarias, and Antonio Zacarias; four great-grandchildren: Leon Wertz, Indigo Downing, Daedric Daniels, and Desmond Bouchard; his best friend: Bill Dildy; and numerous neices and nephews.

Services for Mr. Larry Johnson will be privately held, with burial at McHorse Cemetery in the Provo Community. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Sarah Louise Barnhill

Sarah Louise Barnhill, age 36, a resident of Alma, Arkansas, lost her battle with Diabetes on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at her mother’s home in Greenwood.

She was born April 3, 1985 in De Queen, Arkansas to Joe Newsome III and Cathy DeAnne Nichols Barnhill. She was diagnosed on her 6th birthday with type 1 Juvenile Diabetes.

Sarah was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Lorece Barnhill and Louise Lay.

She is survived by her daughter, Taylah Powell; her parents, Cathy Barnhill Beach and bonus dad, David Beach and Joey Barnhill all of Arkansas; bonus moms, Melissa Scott of Oklahoma and Lori Rogers of Arkansas; her brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Delayna Barnhill of Arkansas; bonus brothers, Cody and Mike Beach of Arkansas and Jeremy Beach of North Carolina; her grandfathers, Otis Lay and Nick Nichols; her bonus grandmothers, Tannie Lay and Carolyn Hawkin and many cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Sarah will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Cremation will follow.

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

 

Mr. Shane Dagenhart

Mr. Roger Shane Dagenhart, age 48, former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shane was born the first of three children to the union of Roger Dale and Eva Sue Alsobrook Dagenhart on March 18, 1973, in De Queen. Shane worked as a security system salesman and was a Christian. He enjoyed anything outdoors, fishing, swimming, rafting, riding motorcycles, and baseball. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Dagenhart; paternal grandparents, D.C. Dagenhart and Gladys Shrawder.

Shane leaves to cherish his loving memory, his parents, Sue and Terry Hargis of Horatio; three sisters, Debbie Oplotnik and husband Jeff of Yukon, Oklahoma, Stacy Carter and husband Jimmy of De Queen, and Amber Dagenhart Ramirez of De Queen; three children, Haley Jolly of Oklahoma City, Elijah Dagenhart of Toledo, and Damian Arnold of Toledo; maternal grandparents, Bob Alsobrook of Oklahoma City, and Dorothy Crum of De Queen; as well as a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, October 15, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Charles Randy Dorsey

Mr. Charles Randy Dorsey, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 17, 1956 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was a cattle farmer for Rudy Rivas Farms.

Mr. Dorsey was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Ellis and Gracie Viola (Patton) Dorsey; two sisters, Wanda Edens and Fenora Watkins and one brother, Gary Dorsey.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Hudson of Foreman, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Dorsey will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with John Gutierres officiating.

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

 

 

 

Mr. James Burns

Mr. James Curtis Burns, of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, October 1, 2021, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital. “Happy,” as he was known to many friends, journeyed this Earth eighty-four years, three months, and twenty-two days.

Happy was born June 9, 1937, in Lockesburg, Arkansas, to Savanah and Lola Austin Burns, the eldest of eleven children. He worked many years for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks, Arkansas, and was faithful member of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg. He enjoyed dancing and fishing, but most of all, he cherished every minute spent with his children, grandchildren, relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Virginia Hill Burns; daughter, Tommie Faye Burns; and six siblings, Mary, Berta, Joan, Mary Jean, Leophis, and Gracie.

Happy leaves to cherish his loving memory, his daughter, Tracy Smith and husband Glenn of Texarkana; four step-children, Terri Carrington and husband Michael of Houston, Telisa Burns of Houston, Travis Fultcher and wife Charlotte of Texarkana, and Towana Gamble of Mineral Springs; two grandchildren, Ashley Burns and husband George of Houston, and Ashton Burns and wife Marlene of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Janae and Kayla Wade; one great-great-grandchild, Kameron Wade; one sister, Lillian Burns of California; three brothers, Isum Burns and wife Doritha of Ashdown, Lee Doris Burns and wife Cheryl of Ashdown, and Larry Burns and wife Gloria of Flint; as well as a number of step-grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Burns will be held at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, October 10, 2021, at New Zion Baptist Church in Lockesburg, with Revs. Rondy Briggs, James Hood, Kevin Starks, and Larry Clardy officiating. Burial will follow at Williamson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Sarah May Vanhoose

Mrs. Sarah May Vanhoose was born May 18th, 1997, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Glenda and Aaron Mowry and departed this life on October 3rd, 2021, at her home. Glenda in all her infinite wisdom named Sarah. The name means “Princess,” and everyone knew that was the only name she could ever have. Sarah married the love of her life, John Vanhoose, Jr., better known as “Pete”, on August 12th, 2013, and of this union Sarah’s two greatest blessings were born: John Vanhoose, III (little Peter), and Ellye May Vanhoose (little Sarah May).

Pete and Sarah were so young when they married that they truly raised each other. Sarah loved the outdoors, the water, nature, sunflowers, hunting and fishing, riding four wheelers, and truly loved helping others as a nurse. She graduated LPN school in 2016 and was employed by Little River Hospital as an Infection Control Nurse. She had just been accepted into the Rich Mountain Registered Nurse program. The lights of her life were her husband and her children who she loved fiercely. Sarah May was beautiful inside and out. Her eyes were amazing azure globes that were lit from within. Her smile was infectious and needed to be monitored. Her sassiness was unrivaled.

Every person has secret sorrows which the world knows not: and oftentimes we call a person cold when they are only sad. None of us know the battle Sarah fought daily to go on for the ones she loved. The fact that she lost that battle does not diminish the love she had for her people. Everyone knows that the most beautiful things in life don’t last. Monarch butterflies have an average life span of two to six weeks, but their beauty is breathtaking and their impact lasting. Sarah was just too beautiful for this ugly world. Looking at her was like looking into the sun. That light will live on in her children’s eyes.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers: Shirley Paul and Nora Cunningham.

Sarah leaves to cherish her memory: her husband Pete; children, John and Ellye; her mother and father, Glenda and Aaron; bonus mom, Jennifer Mowry; her brother, Luke Mowry; special sister-in-law, Hattie Vance; sister, Jessica Barringer; special friends, Nicole Pollard and Sierra Smith; a special aunt, Mary Stepp; as well as several stepbrothers, countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, co-workers, and many friends. She made a difference in someone’s life every day that she lived. “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, Will Live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26). Nothing in this world could extinguish Sarah’s light. She will live on in the laughter of her children and the love of her family. In the sun when it shines on our faces. In the tides of the ocean. In the memories she left us.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sarah May Vanhoose will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, October 11, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

A memorial donation account has been opened at Diamond Bank in De Queen. If you wish to contribute to Pete and their children, please contact the bank at (870) 642-2100. The donation account number is 9475257.

 

 

Carolyn Owens Voss

Ms. Carolyn Sue Owens Voss, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, was born to Terry W. and Martha Sue Messer Owens in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 19, 1951, and departed this life Friday, October 1, 2021, at Encore Arkansas Heart Hospital in Bryant, Arkansas, after having attained the age of 69 years, 10 months, and 12 days.

Carolyn or best known as “Coo Coo” was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a very determined woman. She was loved by many people from all over the place. She was a retired Nurse and she enjoyed the outdoors, loved all types of music, she never met a stranger and enjoyed being with family and friends. She was always full of sass and a major smart A!! as we like to say. You always knew where you stood with Carolyn whether you liked it or not.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, and sister-in-law, Ann Owens.

She is survived by two children, one son: Jason (Tonya) Tollett of Conway, and one daughter: Jennifer Graves of Sheridan. Nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Seven siblings: Brenda (Rodney) Young of Little River, Marty (Ginger) Casteel of Little Rock, Monty (Pam) Casteel of Texarkana, Terry L. Owens of Little Rock, Beverly (Ronnie) Chandler of Little River, Kay (Mike) Ayers of Horatio, and Patricia (John) Traut of Texarkana; aunt, Jo Jo Reed of Nashville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside Services for Ms. Carolyn Owens Voss will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Bingen-Ozan Cemetery in Nashville, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Billy “Bill” Barnes

It is with great sadness that the family of Billy “Bill” Barnes announce his sudden passing on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the age of 52.

Bill graduated from DeQueen High School in DeQueen, Arkansas in 1987. He also attended Texas A & M Texarkana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After finishing college, Bill briefly worked in social services in Arkadelphia, Arkansas before moving to The Woodlands, Texas in 2000 to begin his long career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). He began his career as a caseworker. Bill was later promoted to Parole Officer I in 2001 and Parole Officer II in 2003.  He went on to the positions of Civil Commitment Program Specialist with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and Program Supervisor with the TDCJ. Bill also loved his work in security for The John Cooper School in The Woodlands. He often talked fondly about the school and staff. Bill treasured time with his family and friends watching movies and favorite shows, cooking out, and doing crossword puzzles. His friends remember him as kind, generous and always ready to help and protect others.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his son, David Jackson Barnes, daughters, Jamee and Jessica Brewer, father, Jim Barnes, brothers, Jon and Jay Barnes, sister Melanie Barnes Barnhill, nephews, Joshua Barnes, Jeb Womack, and Zachary Womack and numerous other family members and friends. Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Sue Jackson Barnes. Bill’s family and friends will be entrusted with keeping him alive in their hearts and minds and sharing the amazing stories and memories of a life well-lived with his baby grandson, Neo Richard Barnes.

A memorial service for Bill will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM at McNutt Funeral Home, 1703 Porter Road, Conroe, Texas 77301.

“He’s not really dead. As long as we remember him.” ~ Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

 

 

Don C. Whisenhunt

Don C. Whisenhunt, age 69, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, October 3, 2021 in Christus St. Michael Health system in Texarkana.

He was born December 12, 1951 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing especially with his grandchildren. Don worked in maintenance at Domtar where he retired in 2016. He loved his wife and family like no other.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Aaron and Nellie Imogene Muncrief Whisenhunt.

He is survived by his wife, Eula Faye Linkous Whisenhunt; three sons and daughters-in-law, Aaron and wife Connie Whisenhunt of Winthrop, Robert Rye of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Darrell Reese and wife Lisa of Corvallis, Montana; one daughter, Sheila Patterson of Muldrow, OK; grandchildren, James Rye (Megan), Denver Reese,
Ryan Reese, Madison Reese, Trent Reese, Sierra Jones (Dakota), Savannah Jackson, Aaron Conner Whisenhunt, Gracie Elizabeth Whisenhunt, Sunni Izabella Mason, Aleca Magby, Derreck Magby, Trey Mason; one brother, Billy Whisenhunt (Barbara) of Winthrop, Diane Bender of Oklahoma City, Ok, Sharon Smith of Texarkana, Texas, Carolyn Landrum (Larry) of Foreman, AR; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Special hunting and fishing friends, Larry Knotts, Kevin Knotts, Eddie Knotts and Jacob Knotts.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Hess officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 8, 2021 at the funeral home.

The family would like for everyone to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Tommy Wayne Moor

Tommy Wayne Moor, age 66, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born February 12, 1955 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Tommy was a U. S. Army Veteran and worked in the Parks Department for Oklahoma City.

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Mae Moor; his parents, Ray Moor and Edith Gordon; one brother, Everett Gordon; granddaughter, Ruby Moor; cousin, Sam Heston.

He is survived by his children, Jerry Moor, Ray Moor and wife Amy, Rena Sims and husband, Justin; grandchildren, Destiny Ward, Luther Moor, Shawn Moor, Blake Moor, J.D. Sims, Jakob Sims; siblings, Frankie Moor and David Moor and one cousin, Mike Heston and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends .

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Christopher Alton Mitchell

Christopher Alton Mitchell, age 51, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at The Springs of Minecreek in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 25, 1970 in Texarkana, Texas. Christopher was an auto parts salesmen; and loved woodworking and deep sea fishing.

Christopher was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Joe Mitchell and Elizabeth Kornegay Warren and his daughter, Jessica Mitchell.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Michelle Mitchell of Lewisville, Texas; one niece, Lauren M. Pond of Dierks, AR; one nephew, Alton Mitchell of Nashville; one great niece, Mia Pond and one great nephew, Chandler Gardner and a number of cousins.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Kurt Eugene Goodell

Mr. Kurt Eugene Goodell, age 66, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, September 23, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kurt was born to the union of Millard Filmore and Nancy Ann Whitaker Goodell on March 25, 1955, at the Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was a graduate of Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, California, and faithfully served six years with the United States Army. He was a member of National Rifle Association and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, guns, shooting, being outdoors, playing the guitar and music. He was an avid fan of ZZ Top and the Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tulip Maynard; and a granddaughter, Kayla Nicole Goodell.

Kurt leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Miles Goodell of Kentucky, and Zach Goodell of Arizona; daughter and son-in-law, Cassidy Whittaker and Jason of Benton; five grandchildren; three sisters, Tammy Anderson of Kentucky, Teresa Maple of Oklahoma, and Suni McClelland of North Little Rock; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Kurt Goodell will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, October 3, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M., until service time, Sunday, October 3rd, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Rebecca Dyann Pogue

Mrs. Rebecca Dyann Mundell Pogue was born February 27, 1959 in Idabel, Oklahoma. She entered into rest on Friday, September 24, 2021 in Horatio.

She was a member of the Moon Church of God in Moon, Oklahoma and lifetime resident of Tom, Oklahoma and McCurtain County. Rebecca was a CNA and enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. Most of all she cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dortha Mae Posey and Larry James Mundell; her grandparents, Volly Henry Posey, Lela Bessie Hobson Posey, John Mundell, Helen Mears Mundell, John Ridge, Beulah Ridge and one brother, Lance M. Mundell.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Pogue of Horatio; son and daughter-in-law, James Keith Smith and Ruby Rose of Horatio; daughter and son-in-law, Evelina Pogue McGough and Edward McGough of Wake Village, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Justin Miser of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Dyann R. and Jeffrey Morales of Rogers, Arkansas; son, John Allen Carney of Wichita Falls, Texas; sisters, Terry Lena Muncey of Georgia and Vickie Watson of Antlers, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Pogue will be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Tom Cemetery in Tom, Oklahoma with Virginia Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

JoAnn Holcombe

Mrs. JoAnn Seamans Holcombe, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life due to Covid complications on Friday, September 24, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 5, 1942 in Oak Grove, Louisiana. She was a registered nurse for De Queen General Hospital for 14 years and a school nurse for the De Queen Schools for over 20 years. JoAnn was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen, where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed painting, genealogy, yard work, quilting, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and cooking for her family. She also enjoyed attending a local Bible study group with dear friends.

Mrs. Holcombe was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Harold and Mary Agnes Trichell Seamans; her husband, Bobby Holcombe; and two sisters, Melba McGaha and Hazel Neal.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Sheila Holcombe of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Mandi and Todd Spier of Moss Bluff, Louisiana; one brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Clydette Seamans of Oak Grove; a sister and brother-in-law, Glinda and Phillip Childress of Leavenworth, Kansas; a sister, Marion Lucas of Columbia Lakes, Texas; a sister-in-law, Ceci Bettell; seven grandchildren, Tate, Luke, Tripp, and Laken Spier, Blake and Brock Patterson, and Joshua Holcombe; a number of nieces and nephews; and her two dogs, Gracie and Riley.

Funeral services for Mrs. Holcombe will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in the First United Methodist Church in De Queen with Rev. Steve Copley and Rev. David Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, September 27th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Kyle Lee Lightfoot

Kyle Lee Lightfoot, age 50, a resident of Benton, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at his home.

He was born August 30, 1971 in De Queen, Arkansas. He loved his son; baseball cards and the Razorbacks.

Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, A.J and Dorthy Lightfoot; maternal grandparents, Clara Lee and Herbert Williamson.

He is survived by his son, Luke Lightfoot of Benton; his mother, Diane Lightfoot of Horatio; one brother, Chance Lightfoot; father, Roy Lightfoot and stepmom, Paula of Little Rock, step brother, Cole Lightfoot; step sisters, Angelica and Paulana; nephew, Austin Johnson, Austin Huie, Wilaredo “Boy” Muana; two nieces, Kelsey Huie and Natalia Muana and a number of aunts and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Williamson Community Church in Horatio with Jimmy Roden 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

 

Elton Ray “Bud” Shaw

Elton Ray “Bud” Shaw passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in his home in Newhope, Arkansas at the age of 84.

Bud was born January 16th, 1937 to the late Willie and Eunice Shaw of Newhope. He learned the value of hard work early on and used this to build a beautiful life and family with his wife Pat of 63 years. He started his career by operating a dozer and a motor grader for Dierks and even working on the railroad. After that, he decided to move into the logging industry. He and his crew cut and hauled high line poles by hand with the help of a team of mules, including Shorty and Shine, he took great pride in.

He also hauled pulpwood with his crew for several years. Eventually, Bud and Pat bought a chicken and cattle farm where they built a home and raised their family. His wife, Pat, tended to the farm and kids while Bud continued to work out, but it was not uncommon for him to work on the farm or in the chicken houses until after midnight when he finished his “day” job. After hauling pulpwood, Bud then started running a crew that built roads for Dierks. He eventually bought this business out and built roads for Weyerhaeuser for many, many years. Eventually, he retired from building roads. He spent his retirement working the chicken houses, custom hay baling, and raising cattle. He took great pride in his bulls specifically and worked them for hours each day.

In what little spare time he had, Bud enjoyed horse shows, cow sales, and going to church every Sunday. Bud enjoyed cooking breakfast and chocolate gravy was his specialty. He loved spending time with family and taking his grandkids out to check cows or exploring the farm. He was great at storytelling, especially tall tales, and he also liked to sing silly songs to make people laugh. He knew the value of hard work, but he also knew the value of faith and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Willie and Eunice Shaw; maternal grandparents Weaver and Cindy Turner; paternal grandparents Frank and Della Shaw; one brother Joel Dwayne Shaw; one sister Mary Lou Yeargen; and an infant daughter DeAnna Rae Shaw.

Bud is survived by his loving wife, Patsy Sue Shaw; brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaw of Newhope, Arkansas; his brother and sister-in law Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Shaw of Lockesburg, Arkansas; his son Rick and wife Belinda Shaw of Wesley, Arkansas; his daughter LaDonna and husband Karl White of Dierks, Arkansas; his daughter LaRae and husband Paul Seay of Nashville, Tennessee; Dierks; grandchildren, Ashley Shaw of Denver, McKenna and Rick Jewell of Watson, Garrett Robertson of Umpire, Justin Seay of Fayetteville, and Austin Seay of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren Weston and Jack Wyatt Jewell of Watson; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2021 in the Newhope Freewill Baptist Church in Newhope, Arkansas with Scott Vaughn and Don Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Bissell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 25th at the funeral home in Dierks.

Pallbearers will be Garrett Robertson, Justin Seay, Austin Seay, Cale Adams, Caleb Adams, Drew Adams, Jeremy Ty Simmons, and Shane Hill.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Benny Simmons, Ray Pinkerton, Charlie Smith and Donnie Manasco.

 

 

Helen Gilbert Berg

Mrs. Helen Pearl Vancil Gilbert Berg, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Nashville Nursing Center in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born July 31, 1938 in Liberty Hill, Howard County, Arkansas. She had a master’s degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she was a retired English teacher at Dierks High School and was a member of Dierks First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Berg was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Berg; her parents, Burl and Oca Mae Jackson Vancil; one sister, Virgilia Ann Gilbert, one infant sister, Sonja Vancil; her daughter, Melinda Gilbert and step-son, Brian Berg.

She is survived by granddaughter, Caroline Walls of Houston, Texas; grandsons, Ryan Berg of Lodi, California and Connor Walls of Fayetteville, Arkansas; great grandson, Jacob Berg of Lodi, CA; son-in-law, Carroll E. Walls, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Christiane Berg of Lodi, CA and a number of nieces, nephews and beloved extended family and friends.

The family would like to thank the medical professionals at Nashville Nursing Center who took wonderful care of Helen.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 

 

 

Eloner “Tooter” Edens

Mrs. Eloner Juanita Short Edens, age 62, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

“Tooter”, as she was known to family and friends, was born the youngest of three children to the union of James Calvin Short, Sr. and Hellen Bernice Wilson Short on June 29, 1959, in Artesia, California. She was graduate of the Horatio High School and worked as USDA Food Inspector. She worked in the Tyson poultry plants for many years and had planned to retire in the next few years. Tooter enjoyed cooking and grilling, traveling when she could, and working, but most of all she cherished the time spent with children, her sons, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Bernice Short; her loving husband, Marlin Edens; granddaughter, Holly Edens; and her significant other, Owen McGough.

Tooter leaves to cherish her loving memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Pleze and Candace Short of Coal Creek, Colorado, and Calvin and Lyndsay Edens of Mayflower, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Kaylee Edens, Brodey Wiley, Brady Edens, Piper Edens, Dustin Bunch, Nikki Bullard, and Brandon Bunch; two great-grandchildren, Addy and Gavin Bullard; two brothers, James Short, Jr. and his wife Josie of Wilmington, Delaware, and Samuel Short of Horatio; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Eloner “Tooter” Edens will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, September 26, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Willis officiating. Inurnment will be held at Clear Creek Cemetery, at a later time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Sid Stahlman

Mr. Sid Stahlman, age 64, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Sid was born the youngest of two children to the union of Sidney Estle and Helena Hartburg Stahlman on May 26, 1957, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He was a 1975 graduate of Bradford High School in Pennsylvania. Sid married the love of his life, Deborah Cheryl Downs, on July 15, 1991, in De Queen. He worked in different capacities over the years including truck and bus driving. In the later years, Sid worked for Pilgrim’s Pride as a QA technician and formerly in refrigeration maintenance. He loved animals, especially his cat, “Pud”. He enjoyed grilling, keeping his home and yard, and cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Tammy Simmons.

Sid leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 30 years, Deborah Stahlman of De Queen; two sons, Jason Johnson of Tennessee, and Kevin Johnson and wife Rachel of Tyler, Texas; five grandchildren, Landon, Colton, Teya, Delaney, and Dakota; his sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Steve Mills of Lafayette, Louisiana; mother-in-law, Virgie McPherson of De Queen; three brothers-in-law, Phillip (Karen) Downs of De Queen, Steven Downs of De Queen, and James Simmons of De Queen; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Sid Stahlman will be announced by Chandler Funeral Home, in the weeks to come. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Martha Rachel Hagood

Ms. Martha Rachel Chapline Hagood, age 77, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas.

She was born the youngest daughter of eight children born to the union of Charles Lee and Fannie Elizabeth Daily Chapline on November 14, 1943, in Houston, Texas. She was a 1961 graduate of Southwest Junior College and went on to obtain her LVN license at St. Joseph in Fort Worth. Martha worked more than 55 years in public healthcare, spending her later years serving with the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center in De Queen, retiring in February of 2019. Martha was a devoted member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen. She taught cradle roll for more than 59 years, and enjoyed her time spent with any activity the church was involved with. She also enjoyed caring for children, and spending time with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Charles, Bill, and Paul Chapline; three sisters, Ralph Juanita Chapline, Pat Holland, and Ruby Conner.

Martha leaves to cherish her loving memory, three sons, Greg Hagood and his wife Jessica of Texarkana, Steve Hagood of De Queen, and Chris Hagood of Big Spring, Texas; four daughters, Laura Lynn White of Horatio, Melissa Walraven and her husband Jeff of Texarkana, Laura Ruth Dehan and her husband L.J. of De Queen, and Glenda Hagood of Horatio; eighteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, David Chapline and his wife Nelva of Burleson, Texas, and James Chapline and his wife Linda of Keene, Texas; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Hagood will be held at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elder Jerry Conatser officiating. Burial will follow at Beacon Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1452 Red Bridge Road, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

Owen Olen McGough

Owen Olen McGough, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 in Christus St. Michael Hospital.

He was born February 20, 1950 in Eloy, Arizona. He enjoyed spending time with family; going to the river and helping others.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents, Andy Hez and Margie Frady McGough; one brother, Andy Leroy McGough; one sister, Stella Farley; one granddaughter, Faith Lambeth and one grandson, Dustin Cano.

He is survived by his significant other, Eloner “Tutor” Edens; four daughters, Brenda and husband, James Alexander of De Queen, Susan Freeman of De Queen; Jennifer Lambeth of Villa Park, Illinois and Christina Lambeth of Crystal Lake, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Katie, Shiney, Taran, Tristan, Chance, Hope and Gunar of De Queen; one great granddaughter, Charlie; two sisters, Connie Frady of Winthrop and Linda Tollison of Horatio.

Graveside funeral services for Owen McGough will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 in the Pauley Cemetery with Jamie Cowan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 22th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Bobby Joe Butler

Bobby Joe Butler, age 91, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Texarkana.

He was born March 18, 1930 in Foreman, Arkansas. Bobby loved to fish; visit with family and loved coaching little league baseball and watching his grandson’s play ball. He was an electronic technician for Texas Instruments. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Church of Christ in Forman.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Betty Mason Butler; six sisters, one brother, and a number of nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Susan Butler of Schererville, Indiana; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Billingsley of Billingsley Corner; two sons and daughter-in-law, Rex and Lisa Butler of Merrillvillle, IN and Tommy Butler of Foreman, Arkansas; one brother, Warren Butler of Mineola, Texas; five grandchildren, Alyssa and husband Robert Simmons, Daniel and wife Janelle Butler, Nathan and wife Kayla Butler, Stephen Butler, Alaina Butler; Amber and husband Andy Nardo, Luke Billingsley, Stephanie and husband Kreg Carpenter, Mary Butler; great grandchildren, Ava, Anna, Elizabeth, Paige and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021 in the Foreman Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Dollarhide Pavilion, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m., until service time on Saturday.

The family would like for everyone to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

Richard Clermont Jackson

Richard Clermont Jackson, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born December 29, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired as the Director of Field Operations of Arkansas Livestock and Poultry. He was a member of the Assembly of God in Horatio.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents, Issac and Ruth Jackson; two sisters, Relda Shrouder and Sue Fitzhugh and one brother, Isaac Jim Jackson.

He is survived by one sister, Vinita Sanders of Texarkana, Arkansas; two nephews, Lynn Fitzhugh of Horatio and Matt Sanders of Texarkana; one niece, Susan Sanders of Texarkana and many special friends that stuck by him till the end.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 in the Horatio Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Raymond Shipley

Mr. Raymond Edward Shipley, age 96, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his home.

Raymond was born the oldest of four sons to the union of Edward Elexis and Myrtle Belle Ritz Shipley on July 12, 1925, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. On August 4, 1946, he married the love of his life, Lydia Johanna Baudenbach, in Germany. Raymond faithfully served in the United States Army during the occupation of Germany and was a Millwright. He worked many years for Baltimore Rigging, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed keeping his home and twenty-acre property until his health recently began to fail. Raymond was content with being at home and working in his yard, but more than anything, he cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of over 65 years, Lydia Shipley; his brothers, Edward, Howard, Carl Shipley; and a sister-in-law, Inge Scherer.

Raymond leaves to cherish his loving memory, one son and daughter-in-law, James Raymond and Connie Shipley of Bradenton, Florida; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Lee and Alan Byrd of De Queen; five grandchildren and their spouses, Paula (Jonathan) Leal of Bradenton, Jennifer Shipley of Bradenton, James Bryson (Melissa) Byrd of Destin, Jaime (Scotty) McClendon of De Queen, and Cody (AshleaTaylor) of Benton; six great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Cassandra Leal of Bradenton, James Luke, Colton, and Camille Byrd of Destin, and Stryder Byrd of Benton; sister-in-law, Myrtle Shipley of Maryland; special friends, Barbara and Olen Lacefield of De Queen, and Lorie and Todd Jones of Little River Country Club; caregivers, Kaitlyn Currence and Lakeshia Cornelius; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

At the request of Mr. Raymond Shipley, services will not be held at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Jean Cecelia Clifton

Jean Cecelia Clifton age 64, a resident De Queen, Arkansas passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Howard Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 15, 1957 in Koror, Palau . She was a CNA nurse and a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church. She loved playing Bingo and word puzzles.

Ms. Clifton was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Lomisang Ngirailild and her mother.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Tyler and Ashley Berry of Cortez, Colorado and Daniel Clifton of Wayne, Oklahoma; one daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Chris Romanini of Salem, Oregon; a number of grandchildren, brothers, sisters and other relatives and her Bear Creek nursing home family.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Teddy Nolan Owen

 

Mr. Teddy Nolan Owen, age 71, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Thursday, September 16, 2021 in Oklahoma City V.A. Healthcare System.

He was born March 15, 1950 in Altus, Oklahoma. He was a truck driver and a member of Ham Radio Club and attended The Rock Assembly of God Church.

Mr. Owen was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Naomi Lowe Owen; his wives, Gail Dillard Owen and Ann Lawler Owen, granddaughter, Leah Owen, two brothers, Richard Owen, and his twin Eddy Owen.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Virgil and Tracie of Fort Towson, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Haley and Jerry Tabor of Idabel, Josh and Rebecca Owen of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; Matthew Owen of Moore, Oklahoma; great grandchildren, Shon and Sadie; three step children, Genia and Paul Wayne Matthews of Eagletown, Tim and Sonya Lawler of Oak Hill, Tony and Jill Lawler of Eagletown; one brother and sister-in-law, Ira Hoyt and B.J. Owen; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Carl James, Joyce and Roland Nordmo and Kathy Fernandez and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Owen will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Eagletown School Gymnasium with Jason Smith officiating.

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

 

Mrs. Jean Irvan

Mrs. Alma “Jean” Johnson Irvan, age 83, resident of Waxahachie, Texas, gained her angel wings on Monday, September 13, 2021, in Waxahachie after a short illness. She was born to Magnus and Bernice Dickson Johnson on December 18, 1937, in Horatio, Arkansas.

Jean was a homemaker and member of the Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed crocheting and painting, but her time was most productively spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 50 years, William Irvan; daughter, Patsy Gail; son, James William, Jr. (Bill); sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Danny Hodges; and great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Grace Ackerman.

Jean leaves to cherish her loving memory, one son, Carroll Stewart and wife Laura of Abbeville, Georgia; daughters, Terry DeLaGarza of Horatio, and Toni Guymon and husband Tracy of Waxahachie, Texas; sister, Sue Daniel of Maypearl, Texas; sisters-in-law, Judy Boothe of Carrollton, Texas, and Mary Jane Woodall of Horatio; thirteen grandchildren, Christopher and wife Amy, Maranatha and husband Jeff, Miriam and husband Jeremy, Philip and wife Irene, Adam and wife Donna, Eric and wife Hang, Nathan and wife Samantha, Aaron, Casey, Ashley and husband Tommy, Maggie, Shelby, and Tashia and husband Cole; thirty-five great-grandchildren, Shane, Elizabeth, Calleigh, Alliyah, Isaac, Miranda, Cayden, KiLee, Austin, Vivianne, Amber, Jacob, Nicholas, Jason, Max, Ben, Kai, Rose, Sean, Clayton, Trenton, Zacharia, Tristan, Erica, Gunner, Malachi, Julia, William, Angel, Ryan, Conner, Cambree, Karley, Declan, and Elliot; one great-great-grandchild, Santiago; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Jean Irvan will be held 1:00 P.M., Monday, September 20, 2021, at the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, with Bro. Heath Daniel officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Hubert Napolen “Redbone” Phillips

Hubert Napolen “Redbone” Phillips a resident Horatio, Arkansas passed away September 14, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 6, 1931 in Horatio, Arkansas. Redbone was former employee of the railroad, was a hunting and fishing guide, a ranch hand, and a cook. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Mr. Philips was preceded in death by his parents, Hudie and Eugenia Bumphus Phillips and his wife Naomi Lois Phillips, and his sister, Wafer Lee Chaytor.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Regenia and Mitchell Smith of Houston, Texas; one sister, Sue Phillips of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Ron, Darren, Devin, Fayre, a niece and nephew, Theresa and Gregory Chaytor of CA.

Funeral services for Mr. Phillips will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel with minister, Mitchell Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Horatio under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. Repast will be held at the 1st Methodist Church in Horatio.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 17th at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Robbie Rogers

Mrs. Robbie Geraldine Purtell Rogers, age 67, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, September 13, 2021, at her home.

Robbie was born on December 12, 1953, in Houston, Texas, and was adopted at a young age by Madison Custer and Nora Ethel McConnell Purtell. Robbie was a graduate of Horatio High School went on to complete some business courses. She worked in different capacities over the years, spending the last twenty-five years of her career as a Rural Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service in De Queen. Robbie attended Grace Baptist Church in De Queen and was a member of a bowling team and competed in different horsemanship events in her younger years. Robbie cherished the time spent with her loving husband, their children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her birth mother, Bernice McConnell Zigler; her adopted parents, Madison and Nora Purtell; and her siblings, Thomas William Lister, Thelma Lois Lister Amos, Florence Elizabeth Purtell, Martha Helen Purtell Nunn, and Madison Paul Purtell.

Robbie leaves to cherish her loving memory, her loving husband, Roy Allan Rogers, Sr. of Horatio; her son, Stephen Ray Goins of Houston; two step-sons, Roy Allan Rogers, Jr., and Joseph Edmond Rogers and his wife Carey, all of De Queen; six grandchildren, Brittany LaRae Rogers, Shae Christian Rogers Smith and husband Bryce, Jacob Hunter Rogers, Jessica Elizabeth Rogers Franco and husband Jacob, Jennifer Lee Rogers, and Jordan Jobeth Rogers; two sisters, Wanda Sue Lister Goss and her husband Preston, and Patsy Ruth Purtell Walker Thompson; one brother-in-law, Pete Nunn; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Robbie Rogers will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Interment will follow. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

David Lee Suttle

 
David Lee Suttle, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away, Saturday, September 11, 2021 at his home. He was born July 24, 1956 in Searcy, Arkansas.
 
David was retired from Suttle Equipment and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a patriotic man who loved the Lord, Jesus Christ, his family and his country. He enjoyed collecting antiques, loved helping others and was involved in mentoring those in recovery through AA groups.
 
David was preceded in death by his parents, O.E. Gene and Eva Lee Black Suttle; one brother, Danny Suttle. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Angela Suttle of Hot Springs, Nick and Tara Suttle of Eagleville, Pennsylvania; one brother, Doug Suttle of De Queen, one sister, Donna Grady of Conway; six grandchildren, Abby, Bo, Emily, Ethan, Christain, Aaron.
 
Memorial services for Mr. Suttle will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home. You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Rita Suzanna “Susie” Winer Thompson

Rita Suzanna “Susie” Winer Thompson, age 68, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away, Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 16, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. Susie was a homemaker, a wonderful cook, cake maker, decorator, quilt maker and seamstress. She was an avid hunter and fisher, but most importantly she was a Christian and a member of Old Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Susie was preceded in death by one son, John Leonard (John John) Thompson; her parents, Leo and Mary Peck Winer, her husband, Jack Leonard “John Conoco” Thompson and one brother, Terry Winer. She is survived by two sons, Jackson Thompson of Lockesburg; Jimmy and wife Vanessa Thompson of Lockesburg; one daughter, Susie and husband Brent Carver of Lockesburg; grandchildren, Jesse Keaton, Bryce Keaton, K’leeh and husband Joey Holt, Katie, Ashlie, Linnea, Izabelle, John, Emily and William and Marlee; great grandchildren, Emma, Lucy, Kyler, Brian and Drake; one sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Danny White of Dierks, Arkansas; special cousin and best friend, Charlene Slaton and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Susie will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 16, 2021 in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Donnie Davis and Danny White, minister officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the funeral home. You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Rodney Mark Trusty

Mr. Rodney Mark Trusty, age 63, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Hot Spring, Arkansas.

Mr. Trusty was born March 13, 1958 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He was a truck driver, attended Dierks First Assembly of God Church and was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved his dog, Charlee and enjoyed fishing, working in the yard, working with his hands and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Annie Pressnell Trusty; three brothers, Raymond, Jodie and Robert and two sisters, Jane and Betty. He is survived by his wife, Bren Claborn of Dierks; two daughters, Brittany Taft of Antoine, Arkansas and Tristyn Trusty of Russellville, Arkansas; one step-son, Braxton Claborn of Dierks; three step-daughters, Brandee Walker of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Savannah McDowell and Jackee Cook both of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, Tommy Trusty of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Trusty will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Dierks First Assembly of God Church with Kevin Herrington officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 5:00 p.m. before the service. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ralph Berg

Ralph Eugene Berg (84) of Dierks, Arkansas passed away August 29, 2021, following a short illness surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on December 11, 1936, to Maurice E. Berg and Wilma Wilcox Berg in Maryville, Missouri. Following the birth of his brother Ronald Phillip Berg and Sister Clara Beatrice Berg Conrad, the family moved to Lodi, California where he grew up. He married his first love, Darlene Heidinger Berg, and had a son Brian Eugene Berg. After the untimely passing of his beloved Darlene, Ralph met and found love again with Helen Gilbert Berg of Dierks, Arkansas through a mutual friend. Ralph and Helen married and relocated to Dierks where Ralph worked for almost 20 years as a butcher in the local grocery store. Upon his retirement, Ralph’s energetic spirit became restless and he began work as a security guard for the manufacturing plant in nearby Nashville, Arkansas where he walked, whistling his favorite tunes. An avid sports lover, Ralph’s most cherished memories include watching his grandchildren and great-grandson play.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Wilma Berg; wife Darlene Berg; brother Phil Berg; sister Clara Conrad; brother-in-law Dennis Conrad; son Brian Berg; and step-daughter Melinda Gilbert. Ralph is survived by his wife Helen Berg (Dierks, AR); daughter-in-law Christiane Berg (Lodi, CA); son-in-law Carroll E. Walls, Jr. (Little Rock, AR); sister-in-law Karen Berg (Clements, CA); grandson Ryan Berg (Lodi, CA); grandson Connor Walls (Fayetteville, AR); granddaughter Caroline Walls (Houston, TX); great-grandson Jacob Berg (Lodi, CA); and cherished extended family and friends.

The family would like to thank the medical professionals from U.C. Davis and Lodi Nursing & Rehabilitation who took wonderful care of Ralph in his final days. A celebration of life will be held at Glenview Cemetery in Lodi, CA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements made by Lodi Funeral Home. www.lodifuneralhome.com

 

Mrs. Janet Walker

Mrs. Janet Gwen Lyle Walker, age 66, of Grannis, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Janet was born one of five daughters to the union of Jimmie Joe and Joyce Omega Mayo Lyle on August 8, 1955, in De Queen. She was a 1973 graduate of Gillham High School. Janet married the love of her life, James Terry Walker, on November 18, 1986, in Wickes, Arkansas. She worked with Tyson in Grannis, retiring in May 2021 with 50 years of service. She was a member of the Wickes Pentecostal Church, United Daughters of the Confederacy, honorary member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and the Southwest Arkansas Historic Society. She enjoyed scrapbooking and spending time with her many friends. Most of all, Janet cherished the time spent with her loving children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie and Joyce Lyle; her loving husband of over 21 years, James Walker; and two sisters, Judy Martin and Dena Rodriguez.

Janet leaves to cherish her loving memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Manuel and Rawla Walker of Lincoln, Nebraska; daughter, Apryl Stinebaugh of Harleton, Texas; five grandchildren, Danielle Donham and husband Will of East End, Arkansas, Coen Walker of Kearney, Nebraska, Kyndall Walker of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Colton and Remington Stinebaugh, both of Harleton, Texas; two sisters and their spouses, Rhonda and Terry Holman of Wickes, and Bonita and Jr. Flint, also of Wickes; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Janet Walker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Wickes Pentecostal Church with Bro. Chris Burke officiating. Burial will follow at Baker Cemetery, Wickes. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 17th, at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

J. Guadalupe Marrufo Martinez

J. Guadalupe Marrufo Martinez, age 51, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died, September 11, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 22, 1969 in San Felipe, Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico. He was a landscaper, enjoyed working for his family, working in his flower and vegetable garden, listening to loud music and spending time with his children. He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church and was very loved by his family.

Mr. Marrufo was preceded in death by his father, J. Guadalupe Marrufo and grandfather, Margarito Marrufo.
He is survived by his mother, M. De Jesus Martinez; wife, Maria Marrufo; children, Guadalupe Marrufo, Angel Marrufo, Jaqueline Marrufo, Anahi Marrufo, Jose Marrufo, Enrique Marrufo and Leonardo Marrufo; one granddaughter, Julia Flores; three brothers, Pedro Marrufo, Martin Marrufo and Eliseo Marrufo; six sisters, Maria Hernandez, Enedina Rodrigues, Angelica Hernandez, Rosalba Torres, Carmela Ramirez, Aurora Hernandez; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Viewing for Mr. Marrufo will begin at 7:00 p.m., Monday September 13th at his home, 215 Red Cut Road in De Queen. Burial will be in Mexico.

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

 

Howard Wayne Hunter

Mr. Howard Wayne Hunter, age 80, a resident of Royal, Arkansas passed from his earthly life, to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born November 20, 1940 in De Queen, Arkansas. Howard worked delivering newspapers and was an employee of Brooks Drug Store before graduating from De Queen High School in 1959. He immediately enlisted in the US Navy where he proudly served for 21 years. He worked at Quapaw for many years. He and Rita Green were united in marriage on March 10, 1961 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He accepted the Lord as his savior and was baptized in 1971 at a Baptist Church in Hayward, California. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks, John Wayne, flying his planes, playing banjo and playing with all of his great grandchildren. He was a kind hearted, soft spoken man who was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Ellis “Bob” and Rosa Isabelle Davis Hunter; one niece, Donna Day, two nephews, Cliff Day, Andrew Day, one brother-in-law, Harold Day; mother and father-in-law, Carruth and Dorothy Green.

Those of us left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Rita of Royal, Arkansas; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kent Hunt of Hope, Arkansas, son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Sheri Hunter of Cypress, Texas; five grandchildren and spouses, Raven Taylor of Texarkana, Texas, Taylor Jester and husband, Alex of Hope, Arkansas, Jeffrey and Abby Hunter of Olathe, Kansas, Kacie Hunter of Cypress, TX and Will Dreamer of Royal, AR; four great grandchildren, Landon and Aidan Taylor of Texarkana, TX and Harper and Cambree Jester of Hope, AR; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Bobbie Day of Ashdown, AR, Janice and David Frady of De Queen, AR, Sandi and Jeff Stovall of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Lou and Carl Imhof of Rogers, Arkansas and special friends, Jerry and Marti Dreamer of Royal, AR and Tristan Ferrell of Hot Springs.

Graveside funeral services and burial with full military rites will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Belleville Cemetery in Lockesburg with Bro. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family would like for everyone to wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

 

Jimmy Ray Langford

Mr. Jimmy Ray Langford, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at his home.

He was born September 22, 1939 in New Eddingburg, Arkansas. He was a jack of all trades; a hand to hand combat instructor and was a member of Baptist Church.

Mr. Langford was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Katherine Langford, one grandson, Devin Bullard, one granddaughter, Jasmine Langford.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Fay Langford; five children, Jamie Langford, Kim Stephanie, Robert Langford, Cheryl Langford, Jimmy Langford II; eleven grandchildren, Jaramie Cool, Cassie Cool, Markel McGlaugh, Lacey Langford, Robert Langford II, Tristin Bullard Langford, Gloria Martinez, Ozbaldo Martinez, Celestial Langford, Michael Ramos, Allayana Langford; one brother, Marion Thomas Rose and one sister, Marilee Ann Rose.

Private family memorial.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Anselmo Jesse “Bimbo” Stamps

Mr. Anselmo Jesse “Bimbo” Stamps, age 54, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, September 4, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 14, 1966 in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked for the city of Dierks water department and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Mr. Stamps was preceded in death by his father Marvin Stamps.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Neesha and Devin Kirby of Umpire, Arkansas and Marci and Coltan Thomas of Bismarck, Arkansas; his mother and step-father, Rita and Nicky Schoolfield of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three brothers, Marvin and Roseanne Stamps of De Queen, Arkansas, Billy and Frankie Stamps, Troy and Brenda Stamps all of Dierks, Arkansas; four sisters; Francis and Kenneth Lee of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Marylen, and Harold Coleman, Shidy Stamps, Penny and Phillip Burgess all of Dierks; four grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday September 10, 2021 in the Dierks Cemetery with Gary Welch officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Danita Lynn Dorsey

Ms. Danita Lynn Dorsey, age 66, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, September 4, 2021, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Danita was born one of eight children to the union of Claude Thomas and Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey on February 25, 1955, in Los Angeles County, California. Danita was a member of the Horatio First Assembly of God Church and, for many years, attended the Sevier County Development Center. She enjoyed puzzle books, crossword puzzles, shelling peas and pecans, and raking leaves. Although she never learned to ride a bicycle, Danita always enjoyed pushing her siblings bicycles up and down the street or around the block. Danita cherished the time spent with her siblings, nieces, nephews, and her favorite pup – Bear Bear.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ruth Dorsey; and two sisters, Diane Holden and Claudette Taylor.

Danita leaves to cherish her loving memory, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard Dorsey of De Queen, Billy and Donna Dorsey of Haworth, and Mark and Robin Dorsey of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lana Jo and Larry Vickers of De Queen, and Tommi and Rob Smith of De Queen; a special friend, Leanora “Lee Lee” Scott; as well as her loving nieces and nephews, and her many friends and staff of the Sevier County Development Center.

Funeral Services for Ms. Danita Dorsey will be privately held with interment at Redmen Cemetery, De Queen. General viewing will be held from 11:00 A.M., to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Junior Franklin Janes

Mr. Junior Franklin Janes, age 81, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, September 3, 2021 in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born March 12, 1940 to Jewell and Wavie Morris Janes in Jefferson Township in Sevier County, Arkansas. He was self-employed, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Daisy Freewill Baptist Church,

Mr. Janes was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Janes; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Shana Janes of Dierks and Chris and Kristi Janes also of Dierks; one granddaughter, Quincy Alexander and husband Cole of Dierks; one grandson, Lain Janes of Pocahontas, Arkansas; two great-grandsons, Treaton and Barrett Alexander and two great-granddaughters, Annsley Alexander and Drew Janes. five brothers, Jimmy Dean Janes of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Harold Wayne Janes and wife Charlotte and Stacy Janes and wife Ashley, all of Dierks, Herschel Janes and wife Faye of De Queen and Wendell Hogg and wife Judy of Newhope, Arkansas; five sisters, Wanda Kirkpatrick and Roy Jo Janes both of Dierks, Jo Pat Binotti and husband Corky of Marshall, Texas, Juanita Williams of De Queen and Ester Herring of Wickes, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Joetta Morgan of Hot Springs, Arkansas, one aunt, MaeDean McSpadden of Dierks and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Janes will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Black Springs Cemetery in Norman, Arkansas with Kevin Jewell officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 10th at the funeral home in Dierks. The family requests that everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Miss Miley Martz

Miss Miley Delle Martz was born silently into the world on Thursday, September 2, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

She is preceded in death by two great-grandfathers, Ed Carver and Bobby Dale Martz.

Miley leaves to cherish her everlasting memory, her parents, Andrew Robert and Catlin Nicole Carver Martz of Lockesburg; grandparents, Lance and Sandi Carver of Nashville, Robert and Bobbie Jo Martz of Lockesburg, Crystal Royal of Lockesburg, and Brandie Posey of De Queen; great-grandparents, Emma Ruth Carver of Lockesburg, and Sandra and Gerald Hubrel of Lockesburg; as well as a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and family friends.

Graveside Funeral Services for Miss Miley Martz will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Falls Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Kenny Polk officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Arthur Junior Humphrey

Mr. Arthur Junior Humphrey, age 75, of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Arthur was born the second of three children to Robert Lewis Humphrey and Martha Louise Maxwell Humphrey on February 17, 1946. He was a 1964 graduate of Lockesburg High School and later received a technical certificate in brickwork. Arthur faithfully served his country with the United States Army. He worked in the timber industry for many years and later with scrap metal. Arthur enjoyed working, gardening, his cats, and spending time with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert Lee Humphrey, Jarvis Dedner, and Rodney Bernard Dedner; and two sisters, Rose Cornelius, and Nancy Harris.

Arthur leaves to cherish his loving memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Laura Humphrey of Atlanta, Texas; one daughter, Odelia Carol Humphrey of Salt Lake City, Utah; one brother, James Earl Humphrey of Amarillo, Texas; five sisters, Martha Kaye Dedner of Camden, Arkansas, Janet Jones and husband Edward of Delight, Arkansas, Neever Martinez of De Queen, Wanda Dedner of Rockwall, Texas, and Miriam Dedner of McKinney, Texas; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Arthur Humphrey will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 12, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sonny Parson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Williamson Cemetery in Lockesburg. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M., Noon, until service time Sunday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Elmer Lee Proctor

Mr. Elmer Lee Proctor, age 79, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Thursday, September 2, 2021 at his home.

He was born December 7, 1941 in Miller County, Arkansas. Mr. Proctor worked for Valliant paper mill, he was a United States Navy veteran and member of King Ryder Church of Christ.

Mr. Proctor was preceded in death by his parents, Warney Floyd and Georgia Douglas Proctor and one brother, Floyd Proctor.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Clowers Proctor; one daughter, Angela Stevenson and husband Billy of Winthrop; one granddaughter, Kristen Smith and husband Jantzen of Foreman, AR; three great grandchildren, Brinlee Joe, Bentlea Jade, Bradlea Jayce; one special grandson, Shane Tallant; three sisters Lucille Brantley and husband Bobby of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Bobbie Brantley and husband Rudolph of Broken Bow, and Maurice Smith of Ashdown; one brother, Johnny Proctor and wife Faye of Tom, Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Proctor will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 6, 2021 at King Ryder Church of Christ near Crossroads with James McRae officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Brenda Sue Higgins McDonald

Mrs. Brenda Sue Higgins McDonald, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at her home.

She was born March 13, 1948 in Kellum, Arkansas. She was a retired beautician and worked for Pilgrim’s Pride were she was a cafeteria supervisor. One of her greatest joys was being “Nana” to her grandchildren, Kara, Kolt, Judson, Ellie, Kady.

Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. “Bill” and Ellan “Skeete” Anz Higgins; her husband, James Henry “Jim” McDonald; one brother, Carl “Blue” Higgins and one sister, Geraldine Branson.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Carlton Richardson of Wickes, AR, and Courtney and Robby Ray of Horatio, AR; one son and daughter-in-law, James “Hooch” and Amy McDonald of Winthrop, AR; two sisters, Jane Sims and Linda “Polly” Sullivan; two brothers, Darrell Higgins and Dalton Higgins all of De Queen; five grandchildren, Kara Richardson, Kolt Richardson, Judson Ray, Ellie Ray, Kady Ray.

Funeral services for Mrs. McDonald will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Fischer officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

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

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

 

 

Henry Brown McCauley

Mr. Henry Brown McCauley, age 83, resident of Grannis, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, AR.

He was born on August 12, 1947 to Hester Devine in Hatfield, AR. He was married to Wathenia Wilcher McCauley on June 23, 1967. They had recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Henry and Wathenia were members of the Wickes Pentecostal Church. Together they had three children. Renae McCauley Combs, Kim McCauley Kennedy, Henry Andrew “Andy” McCauley. Henry had one daughter from a previous marriage Terry Mora. He enjoyed fishing, having coffee on the front porch with Wathenia while watching the birds and wildlife, playing with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and telling stories of his childhood growing up in Hatfield, California and Oregon.

Henry was preceded in death by his mother, Hester Devine; one brother, Kenneth McCauley; one sister Jesse Lee Kesterson; and his son Andy McCauley.

Henry leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 54 years Wathenia McCauley of Wickes; sister Mary Lou Watson of Sheridan, AR; three daughters and sons-in-law, Terry Mora and Richard of Carrolton, TX, Renae Combs and Jason of Daphne, AL, Kim Kennedy and Ben of Franklinton, LA; daughter-in-law Jessica McCauley of Conway, AR; 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Josh, Vince, Kristen, Kimberlee, Alex, Duncan, Heather, Windy and Samantha; 18 Great grandchildren; Sister-in-law Anita Watson, as well as nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral Services for Henry McCauley will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 6, 2021, at Wickes Pentecostal Church with Pastor Christopher Burke and Pastor Duke Chance officiating. Burial will follow at Crystal Hill Cemetery in Wickes. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Edna Marie Dinger

Edna Marie Dinger, age 77, a resident of Bokoshe, Oklahoma formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, August 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born July 27, 1944 in Vancouver, Canada. Edna was a homemaker and loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Edna was a wonderful mother and best friend to her children. She impacted many life’s and showered love and care to so many. I found this quote that reminds me of her so I wish to share it with everyone; “When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love They left Behind.”
All of us here love you Edna Marie Dinger and you will never be forgotten ~ Your loving family and friends.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Author and Alice Summers Frasch and her husband, Jackie Wayne Dinger.

She is survived by two daughters, Alice Box and Dawn Tutton and one son, Mark Dinger; seven grandchildren, Randy Sims, Jesse Sims, Megan Hammer, Taylor Ray, Timmy Tutton, Caleb Kissinger and Dustin Dinger and a number of great grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Sweet Home Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Floyd Wright officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Jeannette Helen Austin

Jeannette Helen Austin, age 96, of Wickes, Arkansas went to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, Monday, August 30, 2021 in her home surrounded by family.

She was born on Tuesday, January 20, 1925 to Casmier and Nellie Drace Piotrowski in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jeannette was a member of the Wickes United Methodist Church. She loved the Lord. She faithfully helped with various jobs and activities within the church. She was the church treasurer for many years. She had a servant’s heart and was a caregiver to many. Jeannette worked diligently at various jobs throughout her life. She and her husband, Elbert, raised poultry and cattle for many years. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary. Jeannette loved her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed games, puzzles, crocheting, reading, and loved to travel. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Casmier and Nellie Drace Piotrowski, her husband, Elbert Austin, her brother, Vic Piotrowski, and her sister, Betty (Bobbie) Gross.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Shelley and Jimmy Hunter of Grannis, Sheila Johnson of Wickes; five grandchildren and their spouses, Jeff and Gina Hunter of Grannis, Jerry and Shelly Johnson of Grannis, Jill Hunter of Grannis, Jana and Bryan Richardson of Wickes, and Jordan and Tara Hunter of Benton; twelve great-grandchildren, Chance, Ryan, Carson, Hunter, Raegan, Macie, Easton, Dillon, Aspen, Gunnar, Kinleigh, and Chayni and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Daniel Cemetery in Wickes with Jordan Hunter and Bryan Richardson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Crystal Faye Lawson

Ms. Crystal Faye Lawson, age 75 , a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, August 28, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born November 27, 1945 in Emmet, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church. She loved her family, flowers and working in her garden.

Ms. Lawson was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mary McClellon Lawson; two sons, Donny Lewis Lawson and Jimmy Lawson; one sister, Dorothy Brown and one brother, James Lawson.

She is survived by three sons, Lamart Lawson, Ronald Lawson and Andre Lawson all of De Queen; four brothers, Carl Lawson of Hope, Arkansas, Charles Lawson of Little Rock, Arkansas, Billy Lawson of Cobb, California and Michael Lawson of Horatio, Arkansas; two sisters, Rose Dickerson of Prescott, Arkansas and Mary McKillian of Tacoma, Washington and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Lawson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Sandhill Cemetery with Pastor Tim Smallwood officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, September 3rd at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Donnie Ray McGuffin

Mr. Donnie Ray McGuffin, age 61, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, August 28, 2021, in Nashville, Arkansas.

Donnie was born to the union of Ralph Carrol and Lowanda Jewel Craft McGuffin on May 18, 1960, in Ajo, Arizona. He received an associate degree and worked as a Lineman for Southwest Arkansas Electric with nineteen years of service. He was an accomplished taxidermist, owning and operating D&S Taxidermy for more than thirty years. Donnie attended the First Assembly of God Church and was a member of different hunting clubs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, hosting cookouts, driving around, and spending time with his loving family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lowanda McGuffin, and his sister, Carolyn Hess.

Donnie leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Ashlyn McGuffin of Coweta, Oklahoma; two sons, Terance McGuffin and fiancé Victoria of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Junior McGuffin and wife Brittney of Missouri; three grandchildren, Gunner Clement, Shaylyn Smith, and Jas Smith, all of Coweta, Oklahoma; two special cousins, Christina Yogi McGuffin and Jorge McGuffin, both of Arizona; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Donnie McGuffin will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 11, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Brian Beaird

Mr. Boyd Brian Beaird, age 60, resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life Friday, August 27, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Brian was born the fourth of five children to Hubert Curtis and Ora Esterlene Lane Beaird on February 12, 1961, in Mesa, Arizona. He was a 1979 graduate of Mineral Springs High School and worked in meat processing from a young age. He later worked in several different capacities until his retirement. He enjoyed checking cows, hunting, fishing, and his Yorkie – Lincoln, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Ora Beaird; special friends whom he saw as his adoptive parents, Lawrence and Juanita Smith; a special family friend, Sandra Smith Martin; and a brother, Leon Beaird.

Brian leaves to cherish his memory, one son, Dakota Beaird of Mineral Springs; special friends, Charles and Sue Smith, and family of Mineral Springs; as well as brothers, sisters, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Brian Beaird will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 29, 2021, at the Saratoga Cemetery, Saratoga, Arkansas with Bro. Ben Jones officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Gerald Lee Klitz, Sr.

Gerald Lee Klitz Sr., 71, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord August 26, 2021.

Gerald was born September 24, 1949 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Freddie and Bernice Klitz.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Betty Klitz, one daughter, Brandi Campell and her husband Bud of Orange, Texas; son, Gerald Klitz Jr. and his wife, Allison of Benton; son, Aaron Klitz of Benton; son, Robert Tuggle of Benton; one brother, Leon Klitz and his wife, Louise of Winthrop; one sister-in-law, Mary Watkins of Little Rock and one brother-in-law, Virgil Fowler of North Little Rock; two grandchildren; six great grandchildren and numerous family and friends.

We would like to thank the staff of Heartland Nursing Home, especially our sweet Carissa, for their care of Gerald.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 30, 2021 in the Strawn Cemetery in Winthrop with Doug Edwards officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Baby Tieren Andrew Johnson

Baby Tieren Andrew Johnson, passed from this life on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Mena Regional Hospital.

He was born August 23, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

Baby Tieren was preceded in death by his paternal great grandparents, Otis and Dorothy Powell and maternal great grandparents, Silvina and Mike Bush and grandfather, Lonnie Johnson.

He is survived by his parents, Brittany and Dakota Johnson; three brothers, Xavier Gonzalez, Caidon Wray, Dak Carter and one sister, BellaRose Christeen; maternal grandparents, Terry and April Cox, Curtis Bush and Cindy Walker; paternal great grandmother, Marcai Rowland and paternal grandmother, Stephanie Davis; aunts, Amy Evans, Shantel and Madison Yandell, Knicole Dunn; uncles, Nathan Evans, Shane Davis, Tyler Walls, Steven Johnson and a host of cousins.

Honorary pallbearers, Tyler Walls and Nathan Evans.

There will be a private burial at a later date, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Jerry Glen “Bull” Harder

Jerry Glen “Bull” Harder, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, August 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 27, 1962 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an equipment operator, working in farming and logging and was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Corine Prince Harder.

He is survived by one daughter, Brandi Turner of Lockesburg; two brothers, Rodney (Pam) Harder and Alvin Harder, all of Lockesburg; four sisters, Shelia (Danny) Ruth of Lockesburg, Glenda Parks and Tammie Harder of Lindsay, Oklahoma, and Pam (Russell) Stubbs of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be private.

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

 

 

Genetta McWhorter Adams

Mrs. Genetta McWhorter Adams, age 68, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at home with loved ones by her side.

Genetta was born one of six children to the union of Allen “Windy” McWhorter and Lillie Lee Liggin McWhorter on June 9, 1953, in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a 1971 graduate of Lockesburg High School, and married the love of her life, William Jean “Willie” Adams, on June 19, 1971, in McCaskill, Arkansas. To this union, two sons were born. Genetta worked eight years for DH Baldwin Piano and Organ Company and later for the De Queen School District. She worked in food service for the school, retiring after thirty-two years of service. Genetta and Willie are faithful members of De Queen First Assembly of God, where she was known as “Sarge”. She served as Women’s Ministry Leader, Kitchen and Event Coordinator, Wedding Coordinator, and taught Sunday School and Children’s Church. She enjoyed reading, camping, playing games with family and friends, decorating her home, shopping, going to church, and spending time in Pensacola on the white sand and blue water. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with Willie, their sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Windy “Pops” and Lillie “Big Mama” McWhorter; two sisters, Phyllis Green and Tava Gordan; and two brothers, Louis McWhorter and David McWhorter.

Genetta leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 50 years, Willie Adams of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, William Jean Adams, Jr. and Stacy J. of Bauxite, Arkansas, and Mark Jonathan Adams and Stacy E. of Alma, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Lacey (Ryan) Leonard of Norfolk, Virginia, William Jace Adams of Bauxite, Alyssa Lee Adams of Alma, and Jonathan Ripley Adams of Alma; one great-grandchild, Isabella Jonette Adams, and another on the way; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Sara McWhorter of Daisy, Arkansas; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, the De Queen First Assembly of God family, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Genetta Adams will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, August 27, 2021, at De Queen First Assembly of God with Pastor Ray Reynold and Rev. Kent Irvan officiating. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery, Lockesburg. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Joye Lee Rogers Miller

Mrs. Joye Lee Rogers Miller, age 73, of Cove, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the Mena Regional Medical Center.

Joye was born one of four children born to the union of Edgar E. Rogers, Jr. and Betty Joyce Young Rogers on September 27, 1947, in Killeen, Texas. She married the love of her life, John Nuel Miller, on January 6, 1967, in Dallas, Texas. To this union, two daughters and a son were born. Joye retired from the Wickes School System after serving several years in food service and seventeen years as a bus driver. After retirement, Joye worked more than fifteen years in the HIPPY Program with the De Queen/Mena Educational Cooperative, serving early education children of the area. She was Baptist and enjoyed her dog – Bud, sewing, crafting, making wedding books, baking, cooking, and her stamp collection. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Betty Rogers; her loving husband and father of her children, John Miller in 1997; her second husband, Mike Shirley in 2011; and a brother, Johnny Rogers.

Joye leaves to cherish her loving memory, three daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri Frachiseur and Boujean of Cove, Elizabeth Gavigan and Brian of Brentwood, California, Abby Shirley and Wes of Texarkana; one son and daughter-in-law, John Miller and LeeAnn of Gillham; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Eddie Rogers of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Janet Henry of Cove; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Joye Miller will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 4, 2021, in the First Baptist Church of Wickes with Bro. Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Duckett Cemetery, Wickes. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to CARTI Cancer Center. Donations may be mailed to CARTI Foundation, P.O. Box 55011, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215, or by phone, (501) 296-3202.

Margarito Ramirez

Mr. Margarito Ramirez, age 60, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, August 23, 2021, in Paris, Texas.

Margarito was born one of four children to Celestino Ramirez and Crispina Margarita Ramirez Trejo on March 15, 1961, in Caltimacan, Hidalgo, Mexico. Margarito was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen and the Knights of Columbus. He has worked twenty-seven faithful years with Tires Plus in De Queen and enjoyed working, yardwork, dancing, soccer, and family gatherings where he would barbecue.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Eduardo Trejo Alvarado; and a brother, Andres Ramirez.

Margarito is survived by wife, Veronica Ramirez of Grand Prairie, Texas; four children, Adam Ramirez of Austin, Texas, Crispina M. Ramirez of De Queen, Maricela Ramirez Watson and husband Terry of De Queen, and Elijah Ramirez of De Queen; four grandchildren, Jazmin Ramirez, Mireya Trejo Ramirez, Alma Trejo Ramirez, and Josiah Trejo Ramirez; one great-grandchild, Jaylani Johnson; one brother Arcadio Ramirez of California; two sisters, Mariana Ramirez of Mexico, and Ignacia Ramirez of Sherman, Texas; as well as the Hooker Family and staff of Tires Plus, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Margarito Ramirez will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, August 28, 2021, at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen 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. Rosary services will begin at 6:00 P.M., led by the Knights of Columbus. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ryan Scott Tugman

Ryan Scott Tugman, age 32, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died, Tuesday, August 23, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 17, 1989 in Mena, Arkansas. Ryan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and talking to his army buddies.

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Sadie Tugman.

He is survived by his mother, Renee Tugman Gaither and father, Jerry Gaither; mother of his children, Tina Tugman; two daughters, Sadie Mae Tugman and Stormy Eve Tugman; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mary Jeanette Kitchens Smith

Mary Jeanette Kitchens Smith, age 71, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 23, 1949 in Salem, Arkansas. She attended Newhope Freewill Baptist Church. Jeanette enjoyed watching her grandkids play ball, playing pollyan. She loved her family and going to church.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her father, Doyle Kitchens; one daughter, Stacey Sirmon; her husband, Jammie Hinsley, Sr. and one sister, Carolyn Parker.

She is survived by her mother, Katherine Pauline Jones Kitchens; her husband, Raymond Smith; one son, Shane “Peanut” Carter of Newhope, Arkansas; two daughters, Misty Jamison of Lockesburg, Kelly and husband Kevin Helms of Dierks; stepchildren, Annette Osborn of Dierks, Jammie Hinsley, Jr. of Malvern, Arkansas, Scott Hinsley of Bentonville, Arkansas, Pam McAnelly of Dierks, John Smith and Scott Smith both of Lockesburg; 8 grandchildren, Alex, Lucas, Tristen, Joseph, Stacey, Kyra, Kaden and Klay; numerous step grandkids; one sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Lewis Needham of Lockesburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral services for Jeanette will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 28, 2021 in the Old Union Cemetery with Kenny Fant and Scott Vaughn officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2021 at the funeral home chapel in Dierks.

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

 

 

Nellie Imogene Whisenhunt

Nellie Imogene Whisenhunt, age 89, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died peacefully in her home, Saturday, August 21, 2021.

She was born November 22,1931 in Royal, Arkansas. She worked alongside her husband, Melvin, as a logger; as an employee of Baldwin Piano and Organ in DeQueen, Arkansas; as a cook in the Winthrop School Cafeteria for many years; and with the grandparent program in Foreman Public Schools. She was a longtime member of Winthrop Baptist Church.

Imogene was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Aaron Whisenhunt, her grandson, Stuart Smith, her parents, David Larence and Willie Maxine Muncrief, as well as 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Diane Bender of Edmond, Oklahoma, Sharon Smith of Texarkana, Texas, and Carolyn and Larry Landrum of Foreman, Arkansas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Barbara Whisenhunt and Don and Faye Whisenhunt all of Winthrop; 17 grandchildren, Michelle and (Michael) Lisenby, Adrienne and (Randy) Schmedthorst, Jeanette and (Nathan) Barlow, Geoffrey Smith, Jona and (Chris) Hackner, Jessica and (Chad) Hutson, Julia and (Zack) Shankles, Jennifer and (Joe) Jones, Cheryl Moreland, LaQuita Kulmaczewski, Lenette and (Neal) Dossett, Kevin Shelton, Keith and (Irena) Shelton, Aaron and (Connie) Whisenhunt, Darrell and (Lisa) Reese, Sheila Patterson, and Robert Rye; 52 great grandchildren; a number of great-great grandchildren; 1 sister and 2 brothers . Her grandchildren all knew her as Mammer and will miss Mammer’s love pats.

A graveside service will be held to celebrate her life at Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:00 am with Audie Dawson and Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Mrs. Kathy Baker Kosier

Mrs. Kathy Baker Kosier, age 72, passed away on August 9, 2021, in Gulfport, Mississippi.

She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Randall Kosier; parents, Woodrow and Hazel Baker; siblings, Lora Mae Barrick, Frankilin D. Baker, Calvin E. Baker, Marvella Roan, and Lavada Richardson.

Survivors include her son, Johnny Bradford Kosier and wife Tammy of Biloxi; four siblings, Anita Blair of Wickes, Larry Joe Baker and wife Joan of Mena, Freddie Baker and wife Diane of Vandervoort, and Carla Wolcott and husband Steven of De Queen.

Kathy was a native of Wickes and a graduate of Wickes High School. She was a loving mother, housewife and Beautician. Her memory will be cherished by her family and fiends. 

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Baker Rock Church, 520 Polk 5 (Baker Road), Wickes, Arkansas 71832.

Cremation Arrangement are entrusted to the care of Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, Mississippi.

 

 

James Edward Robb

James Edward Robb age 71, passed from this earth on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at his home in Hope, Arkansas. He was born Sunday, September 11, 1949 to Harvey and Janey Robb.

James enjoyed fishing, doing word search puzzle’s, watching his grand kids play sports, selling produce and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and the mother of his children, Lucy Robb.

James is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Tonya Robb of Hope; his daughter, Melissa Robb of Grannis; his grandchildren, Lillie, Sophie, and J.T. Robb; his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Leona Robb; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Baker Cemetery.

If you wish to send a card, the family would sincerely appreciate it. Sent it to the family at 3555 Hwy 174 South, Hope, Arkansas 71801.

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

 

 

Mr. Liobardo Munoz-Lopez

Mr. Liobardo Munoz-Lopez, age 42, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Liobardo was born the fourth of six children to Cenorina Munoz Rios and Balbina Lopez Alcocer on September 28, 1978, in Ixcamilpa, de Guerreo, PUE, Mexico. He was a contract carpenter specializing in home building and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Liobardo enjoyed fishing, hunting, soccer, and spending time with his sons, grandson, family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cenorina Munoz Rios; and a brother, Ernesto Munoz-Lopez.

Liobardo is survived by two sons, Cristopher Munoz of De Queen, and Alexander Munoz of Fort Smith; one grandson, Julian Munoz of De Queen; his mother, Balbina Lopez of De Queen; his grandmother, Delfina Alcocer of De Queen; one brother, Julio Munoz-Lopez of De Queen; three sisters, Ambrosia Alvarado of Springdale; Maribel Lopez of Mexico; and Teresa Munoz of De Queen; as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Liobardo Munoz-Lopez will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery. Rosary services will begin at 7:00 P.M., Monday, in the Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Donald Lee Farrow

Mr. Donald Lee Farrow, age 88, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born December 31, 1932 in Old Mannford, Oklahoma. He was a truckdriver, a member of the Old Time Gospel Church and a U.S. Navy veteran serving in Korea on the USS Frank Evans DD-754. He was a musician playing all over the area and loved church singings and playing music at nursing homes.

Mr. Farrow was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Farrow; his parents, Clarence Roscoe and Ollie Edna Sutton Farrow; five brothers, Lloyd, Billy Joe, Alvin “Duroc”, Jesse and Jimmy Farrow and one grandson, Cody Farrow.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Roy and Brenda Farrow of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Ken and Kay Farrow of Sulphur Springs, Arkansas and Clay Farrow of Taos, New Mexico; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Kevin Smart of Lockesburg; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Twila and Danny Young, Shirley Zickefoose and Patricia and Gene Riley; two brothers and sisters-in-law, J.W. “Bud” and Neoma Farrow and Darrell and Lou Farrow, all of Oklahoma, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Farrow will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Old Time Gospel Church near Lockesburg with Jerrel Helms and Chief Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Bonita Louise Hutchison Birdsong

Mrs. Bonita Louise Hutchison Birdsong, age 77, a resident of Millerton, Oklahoma, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born April 21, 1944 in De Queen, Arkansas to William Chester and Myrtle Ruth Hume Hutchison. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God in Idabel, Oklahoma. She graduated from Amarillo High in 1963. She and her husband were owners of Birdsong Appliance in De Queen for 17 years.

Mrs. Birdsong was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Jimmie Birdsong; her parents; her daughter, Faye Ann Birdsong and two brothers, Steve Hutchison and John Hutchison.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-laws, Jerry and Misti Birdsong of Edgewood, New Mexico and Jeffrey and Brandy Birdsong of Haworth, Oklahoma; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Sandra Hutchison of De Queen, Arkansas, Jr. and Linda Hutchison of Delight, Arkansas and David and Susan Hutchison of Decatur, Texas; Two sisters-in-law, Barbara Hutchison McLaughlin of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Lynn Lovelace of Ruidoso, New Mexico; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Nina Birdsong of De Queen, Arkansas;10 grandchildren, Morgan, Kody, Tyler, Maygun, Kyelin, Nikolus, Kamryn, Alexander, Tracy and Tyler, 12 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Cremation will follow with burial at Redmen Cemetery at a later date.

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

 

 

Oliver Nolan Purtell

On August 14, 2021, Oliver Nolan Purtell went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to see his dearly beloved wife, Dolretta (Dolly) Purtell.

Nolan was born October 26, 1926, in Provo, Arkansas.

When he was 17 years old, he joined the US Army Air Corps. While serving during the Second World War, he was trained in photography and navigation and ended his service guarding the Panama Canal. He achieved expert marksman and he was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal. After leaving the military he met Dolly on a blind date and fell in love with her at first sight. They were married on May 9, 1952, and he loved and cherished her until she died 66 years later.

Nolan was a keen businessman, and after 23 years of working for the Frank Lyon Company, he had another career as a manufacturer representative for appliances, cabinets, commercial ice and laundry equipment. He was an accomplished real estate investor.

He had a deep appreciation for God’s creation, and he was profoundly interested in trees. Nolan nurtured hundreds of seedlings into trees, many of which stand as a monument to his earthly impact.

Nolan’s primary passion is Christ. From the day he was saved in 1969 to the day he died, he creatively sought ways to bring people to Christ. He once participated in a door-to-door campaign in Highland County, Ohio to give a Bible to every household that did not already have one. Nolan and Dolly had a zeal for teaching children about Christ and contributed to Christian education throughout their lives.

He was a long-time member of Northview Baptist Church, Hillsboro, Ohio.

He is preceded in death by his wife Dolly Purtell and his sisters, Lucille Brook, Marie Sugg, Lydia Smalling, and Doris Jean Purtell.

Nolan was the patriarch of a beautiful family, each of whom is proud to call him father, grandfather, great-grandfather, or uncle. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Terry Nolan Purtell (Patty), Duane Purtell (Barbara), and Denise Bradley (Jerrold) who rejoice in his receiving his heavenly reward. His grandchildren Rebecka King, Angela Renée Morgan, Terry Seth Purtell, Michelle Ranney, Melissa Davis, Nicholas Bradley, Devon Hamilton, Matthew Bradley, Lindsey Greenfield, Michael Bradley, Ryan Bradley, and Meagan Love are grateful for his constant love and prayers for them. He also leaves behind 30 great-grandchildren who are growing up under the Christian heritage that he and his wife Dolly have left them.

Nolan will be remembered by his descendants, surviving sister Maxine La Flamme, and friends for a legacy of hard work, integrity, and faith.

A memorial service for Oliver Nolan Purtell will be held at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Provo, Arkansas at 11:00 on August 21, 2021, with Pastor Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

There will be a visitation at 10:00.

Memorial donations in memory of Nolan may be made to:

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone 410-659-9314
Email nfb@nfb.org

Arbor Day Foundation
Gift Planning
211 N 12th St.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone 888-448-7337
Email giftplanning@arborday.org

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

 

 

Lee Scott Austin

Lee Scott Austin, age 58, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died, Saturday, August 14, 2021 at his home.

He was born October 7, 1962 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a mason. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed gardening and spending time outdoors and being with his friends and family.

Lee was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Willie Joe Austin and his father-in-law, Bobby Miller.

He is survived by his wife Amy Miller Austin of Horatio; his children, Tyler Austin of Memphis, Tennessee, Jessie Buchanan of Collierville, TN, Ashley Miller of Lockesburg, Alexandria Trotter of De Queen, Richard Trotter and Kaden Miller of Lockesburg; his mother, Tommie Cherry of Fort Smith, Arkansas; two brothers, Joe Austin and wife Rachel Buff of Milwaukee, WI and Jon Austin and wife Vickie of Springdale, Arkansas; five grandchildren and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Christopher Todd Brackett

Christopher Todd Brackett, age 50, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 12, 2021 at his home.

He was born October 15, 1970 in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked at Hexion in Hope, Arkansas, was a former investigator for the Sevier County Sheriff’s office and worked for Arkansas State Police. He loved hunting and fishing and was obsessed with his grandson, Walker.

Chris was preceded in death by one son, Austin Brackett.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Kara Brackett of Lockesburg; his parents, Jerry Paul and Brenda Kay (Revels) Brackett of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Karla and Larry Shelton of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Jodi Brackett of Lockesburg; his grandson, Walker Brackett; three nephews, Josh Smith, Landon Brackett and Carson Brackett and one niece, Morgan Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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

 

 

Mary Ann Going Fox

Mrs. Mary Ann Going Fox, age 82, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born June 8, 1939, in Talihina, Oklahoma. She was a Baptist; she loved gardening, cooking, canning and the outdoors; she enjoyed fishing, going to rodeos, listening to country and gospel music. Mary loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie Going and Mary Robinson Going; her husband, Orace L. Fox on June 10, 1987, and her fiancée, James Edward “Eddie” Jones on November 9, 2019; and three brothers, Isom Going, Frank Going and Curtis Going.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Sandra Fox of Mustang, Oklahoma; Kevin and Susan Fox of Dierks; four grandchildren, Jonathan and wife Sarah Fox of Langley, Arkansas; Isabel Fox of Pottsville, Arkansas; Alysa Fox, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Tyra Fox of Russellville, Arkansas; three great grandchildren, Kaden Fox, Carter Fox and Blakleigh Fox, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fox will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with John Henry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday the 17th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Mrs. Claudette Taylor

Mrs. Jeanne Claudette Dorsey Taylor, age 71, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Claudette was born one of eight children to the union of Claude Thomas and Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey on Tuesday, February 21, 1950, in Sentinel, Oklahoma. In 1968, Claudette married the love of her life, Robert Taylor, in De Queen. She was a Homemaker and member of 4C Cowboy Church in De Queen. She enjoyed reading, working with computers, painting, drawing, and canning with her daughters. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ruth Dorsey; her loving husband, Robert Taylor, in 1984; her daughter, April Michelle Taylor; and sister, Diane Holden.

Claudette leaves to cherish her loving memory, three daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Brent Marshall of Provo, Julie and Randy McCully of De Queen, and Robin and Edward Bell of Rose Bud. She was “Granny” to her twenty-five grandchildren, and her twenty-nine great-grandchildren. She was also survived by three brothers and their spouse, Richard Dorsey of De Queen, Billy and Donna Dorsey of Haworth, and Mark and Robin Dorsey of De Queen; three sisters and their spouses, Lana Jo and Larry Vickers of De Queen, Tommi and Rob Smith of De Queen, and Danita Dorsey of Ashdown; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Claudette Taylor will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 14, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Pearce officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

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

 

 

Luther Carlton Stafford

Luther Carlton Stafford (Luke), of Horatio, Arkansas, will be dearly missed by many. His infectious laugh, and his desire to make others laugh, endeared most everyone who came to know him.

Luke was adventurous, and a wanderer from an early age. He shared stories of jumping trains, riding in rodeos, and many other shenanigans. His wandering took him to the Rockies of Colorado, where he fell in love with the austere beauty. He began a new family there and his wanderings became limited to traveling his paradise working as a truck driver for the Rio Grande Rail Company.

His infectious charm brough him many friends and loves in life, and he loved and lost many times, but he never stopped loving. He adored his children, Carl and Marilyn, and his grandchildren, Elyssa and Seth, and the lady who was with him until the end – his dog, Zoe.

In his later decades, he returned to his roots, living the rest of his days near his birthplace in Western Arkansas.

Luke took comfort in the familiarity of home, knowing that one day he would happily meet the Master who guided him through life, and that his spirit would be free to roam the Colorado mountains.

Luke was preceded in death by his parents, James Samuel and Bertha May Chandler Stafford; and five brothers: Cecil, Curtis, Jack, Bump, and Joe T. Stafford. Those left to cherish his loving memory include his son, Carl Stafford; his daughter, Marilyn Tarleton; two grandchildren, Elyssa and Seth; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Sandra Kay “Sandi” Ridge

Sandra Kay “Sandi” Ridge, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Howard Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 8, 1957 in El Paso, Texas. Sandra was site manager at Sevier County Senior Center. She attended Williamson Community Church in Horatio.

Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Flossie Kathleen Trout and her adoptive father, Vincent Anthony Rasimas and her biological father, George Kenneth Reed; two sisters, Ruby Hottle and Mary Whitebird.

She is survived by her spouse, Jeff Kuykendall of Horatio; three daughters and son-in-law, Kathy Drent of Horatio, Kay Lynn and Daniel Lindsey of De Queen, Kellie Kuykendall of Horatio; grandchildren, Heather London, Kelly Hicks, Haley London, Tye Lindsey, Blake London, Kaylee Lindsey, Brailey Drent; one brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Debra Reed of Seguin, Texas.

Graveside memorial services for Sandi will be held at 10:00a.m., Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Horatio Cemetery with bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Glenn David Arnold

Mr. Glenn David Arnold, age 74, resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, August 9, 2021, at Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born December 6, 1946 in Nashville, Arkansas.

Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Alice Gilbert Arnold and one sister, Helen Firestone.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Pettigrew Arnold; one daughter and son-in-law, Mandy and Mark Vaughn of Holly Springs, North Carolina; one son, David Arnold of Dierks; four grandchildren, Bethany, Allyson, and Ethan Arnold of Texarkana, TX and Olivia Vaughn of Holly Springs, North Carolina and a number of nieces and nephews and his cat, Sylvester.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Arnold will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Greens Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

General viewing will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the chapel in Dierks.

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

 

Mrs. Orene Jones

Mrs. Orene Dorothy Lou Nipper Jones, age 82, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at home with her loving family by her side.

She was the second of thirteen children born to Hardy Lee and Clara Ellen Rhoades Nipper on January 20, 1939, in Watson, Oklahoma, and was of the holiness faith. Orene married the love of her life, Paul Murl Jones, on September 20, 1956, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and enjoyed puzzles, flowers, yard work, camping, and caring for her hummingbirds. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, LeRoy Jones and Earl Jones; daughter, Nadine Higgins; three great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Junior, Tommy, Bobby, Hoyt, LeRoy, Bill, and C.L. Nipper, Steve Glover, Janet Nipper, Ruby Anderson, Norma Taylor, and Janell McBroom.

Orene leaves to cherish her loving memory, four sons and their spouses, Murl and Debbie Jones of Ogden, Matt and Julie Jones of Rufe, Anthony and Alexandra Jones of De Queen, and Earl Lee and Jerrie Jones of Texarkana; nine daughters and their spouses, Georgia Martin of Stillwell, Wanda and Tim Fagan of Mena, Sue and Donnie Ashcraft of Hodge, Aleta and Doyne Turner of Grannis, Maleta and Steve Bruce of De Queen, Carolyn and Valentin Garcia of De Queen, Elena and Ramon Martinez of Kensett, Christy and Dusty Yardley of Kingsland, and Kayla and Cesar Alonso of De Queen; thirty-six grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren; one sister, Corene Page of Shawnee; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Orene Jones will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Anthony Jones and Nati Becerra officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Ronnie McKinley

Mr. Ronald Edward McKinley, affectionately known as “Ronnie”, age 59, resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at his home.

Ronnie was born one of three children to the union of John Edward and Evelyn Jeanette Hawthorne McKinley on November 11, 1961, in Garland, Texas. He was a 1981 graduate of Horatio High School and faithfully served with the Army Reserves. Ronnie worked as a truck driver for USA Trucking and the past ten years for the Sevier County Farmer’s Co-op. He was a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching movies, working, and spending time with family and his beloved dog, Chico.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Rhonda Coon.

Ronnie leaves to cherish his loving memory, his brother and sister-in-law, Randal and Sonya McKinley of Horatio; two nieces, Reagan McKinley of Bryant, and Tiffany (Jeremy) Craig of Grannis; one nephew, Chris (Katie) Winer of Umpire; aunt and uncle, Tommie and Bobby Jordan of Garland, Texas; as well as, a number of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and his many friends and customers of the Co-op.

Private Service for Mr. Ronnie McKinley will be held at Chapel Hill Cemetery with his friend, Homer Frachiseur officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Johnny Eugene Clowers

Johnny Eugene Clowers, age 74, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, died on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Reunion Plaza in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 1, 1947, in Texarkana, Arkansas. Johnny was a Procurement Manager for Brown and Root, and was a member of the Mineral Springs Church of Christ.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, John Joe and Virble Cristene Morgan Clowers.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Fernanda Clowers of Mineral Springs; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rose Maria Clowers of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter, Stacy Brown of Memphis, Tennessee; one sister and brother-in-law, Bobbie Jo and Jerry Green of Mineral Springs four grandchildren, Kaylea and Chad Gillenwater, Kelly Beth Sewell, Ashton Brown, and Samuel Brown; two great-grandchildren, Haven and Jaxon; and a number of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Clowers will be held on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Winthrop School Cafeteria. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Campground Cemetery, P.O. Box 308 Winthrop, Arkansas 71866.

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

 

 

Mrs. Carolyn Braud

Mrs. Carolyn Wolcott Braud, age 78, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, July 30, 2021 at her home.

Carolyn was born the first of three children born to the union of Robert Roy and Alma Wells Wolcott on January 20, 1943, in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a 1961 graduate of the Keene Adventist Junior College, Keene, Texas. She married the love of her life, Richard Clarence Braud, on December 20, 1964, in De Queen, and to this union, one daughter was born. Carolyn worked as an Elementary Educator, owned Redo Upholstery in De Queen, and worked as a public seamstress. She was of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and enjoyed quilting, crafts, genealogy, and spending time with her grandchildren, loving family, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her loving husband of over 42 years, Richard Braud; and her father and mother-in-law, Henry and Winona Braud.

Those left to cherish the loving memories of Carolyn include her daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and George Stanley DeVore of De Queen; two grandchildren, Joycelyn DeVore of Texarkana, and Curtis DeVore of De Queen; one sister Joyce Sparacino of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Odean and Sue Wolcott of De Queen; brother-in-law, Curtis P. Braud and his wife Barbara of Clinton, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Kling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Darlene Matheson of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Carolyn Braud will be held at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Beacon Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. John Gutierres Officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Marie Wigley

Mrs. Marie Scott Wigley, age 86, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at her home.

Marie was born the second of six children to the union of Floyd Odell and Edna Laverne Brooks Scott on June 14, 1935, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life, James Lavoy Wigley, in 1952 in De Queen. She and James operated a Chinchilla farm in Oregon before moving back to Southwest Arkansas to work for Weyerhaeuser Company. She worked in the Weyco Veneer plant in Dierks and later as a caretaker and homemaker. Marie was a member of McDonald Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and attended Grace Baptist Church in De Queen. She was member of a birdwatching club in Booneville, and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, puzzles, fishing, saving “critters”, and watching her Cardinal, “Traveler”. Marie could do anything she set her mind to. She was ever-so creative and could make anything you could imagine, giving she had the materials.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her loving husband of over 63 years, James Wigley; daughter-in-law, Kay Wigley; great-granddaughter, Shaina Wigley; and three brothers, Chester, Ronnie, and Charles Scott.

Marie leaves to cherish her loving memory, three sons, Ralph Wigley of Jacksonville, Richard Wigley of Arkansas, and Doug (Kathy) Wigley of Cove; one daughter, Kathy (Donald) Parker of De Queen; twelve grandchildren, Tony, James, Tami, Heather, Tara, Amanda, Jennifer, Brandi, Tony, Doug Jr., Robert, and Steve; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wilma Keys of Washington, and Carolyn Killian of Green Forest; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marie Wigley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, August 2, 2021, at Grace Baptist Church, De Queen, with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cove, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will be gathering at the home of T.C. Massey, 941 East Stillwell Ave., De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Wendy Cruz Aragon

Miss Wendy Cruz Aragon, age 21, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in De Queen.

Wendy was born August 5, 1999, in Ixcamilpa de Guerroro, PUE, Mexico to Esmeralda Aragon Vasquez. She was a 2017 graduate of De Queen High School and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Wendy received many blessings in her life: family and friends, but her great blessing came when she welcomed her perfect baby boy, Jayden, into the world in 2019. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends, her family, and her precious son.

Those left to cherish the many wonderful memories of Wendy include her son, Jayden of De Queen; her parents, Esmeralda Aragon and Sergio Tobar of De Queen; one brother, Sergio J. Tobar of De Queen; uncles, aunts and their spouses, Mario Aragon (Gabriella Hernandez) of De Queen, Candida Aragon (Freddy Chavarria) of Springdale, Louis Aragon (Diana Aragon) of Chicago, and Marilu Aragon of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass for Miss Wendy Cruz Aragon will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 31, 2021, at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Rosary Services will begin at 8:00 P.M., Friday, July 30th, at St. Barbara Catholic Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Eddy Martin

Mr. William Edwin Martin, Jr., affectionately known as “Eddy”, age 63, of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his home.

Eddy was born to William Edwin Martin, Sr., and Mildred Modene Aday on December 16, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. He was a 1976 graduate of Lockesburg High School and worked in different capacities throughout his life. Eddy worked in animal services for the county and state, construction, and a number of years for Pilgrims Pride in De Queen. He enjoyed music, especially ‘70s Rock-N-Roll. Most of all, Eddy cherished the time spent with his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Hulse; and his second wife, Sherry Martin.

Those left to cherish the many loving memories of Eddy include, his wife, Jessica Richard of Vandervoort; two daughters and their spouses, Brandy and Stacey Ellis of Denton, Texas, and Misty and Jeff McDonald of De Queen; one son and his spouse, Cory and Christy Mickle of De Queen; two step-children, Josie Richard and Joby Richard, both of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Vann, LaRon, Rayne, Jaxson, Cain, Carlie, and Cayla; his father, John Hulse of Lockesburg; three brothers, Chuck (JoAnn) Martin of Lockesburg, Scott Martin of Texarkana, and John (Becky) Hulse of Canyon Lake; two sisters, Terry (Mike) Rambin of Mt. Vernon, and Tammi Lee Johnson of Wylie; two uncles, Rodger (Connie) Aday of Kauffman, and Jimmy Aday of Lockesburg; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Family led Memorial Services for Mr. Eddy Martin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Old Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Linda Elvest Powell

Mrs. Linda Elvest Jones Powell, age 74, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas and former resident of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, passed Monday, July 26, 2021, surrounded by her family.

She was born to Vollie and Sadie Elvest Fonville Jones on May 23, 1947, in Pittsburg, Penn. She completed her education in Pennsylvania and made her career in banking. She enjoyed crafting, and spending time with her son and his family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Leslie Powell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law, Darnell R. and Deidre Crump of Lockesburg, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Domenique Crump of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Tamberlyn Nelson of Lockesburg, three great-grandchildren, Makayla McMorris, Liyah Belill, and Donte Rodriguez all of Arkadelphia.

A memorial service will be announced by a later date. Cremation under the direction Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Otha Gerald Wimpee

Otha Gerald Wimpee, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

He was born January 21, 1949 in Kilgore, Texas. Gerald was a map maker for Weyerhaeuser. He was a route salesman for Lance for 10 years. He was a long distant truck driver until he retired. He was an amazing drummer, loved to write music and photography. He loved his children and giving them advice. Best advice: words unspoken aren’t even words, Be sure to share your words with those you love.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Otha and Lois Wimpee. Brother-in-law, Jimmie Dunn.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Scott Bowden of De Queen; two sons, Brad and his wife Buffy Wimpee of De Queen and Tristin Richey Wimpee of Fairview, OK; two sisters, Nelda Dunn of De Queen and Barbara and Bobby Harrison of Horatio, AR; three nieces, Lori Dunn, Jennifer and Mark Shortridge of De Queen, Bethany Baracosa of Benton, AR; three great nieces and nephews, Duncan, Dovie, Drew.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wimpee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 29, 2021 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Fisher officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July the 28th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Danielle Irene Ross

Danielle Irene Ross, age 15, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 27, 2005 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a student at Horatio High School. She enjoyed fishing, riding horses, singing, dancing, and aggravating her little sister and brother.

Danielle was preceded in death by her grandpa, Billy Joe Ross, Sr.; maternal uncle, John Keith and one great grandpa, David Jones.

She is survived by her parents, Billy Joe, Jr., and Christy Ross her biological mother; Aleasha Kring; godfather, Felipe Linares; brothers and sisters, Christopher Key, Kourtney and Kyle Davis, Nicolas Toothman, Karlie Ross and Dawson Ross; one niece, Klaira Davis and one nephew, Klayton Davis and one soon to be nephew, Konner Wesley Davis; paternal aunts and uncles, Mandi Ross, Tamisa and Chris Smith, Nicole and Jason Hilton, Sean Womble, Chrystal and Jeff Kellum, Robin and Steven McAllister, Charlotte Kaye, Chrystal Bradford and Randy and Mindy Hicks; paternal grandmother, Lisa Jones; paternal grandparents, David and Kathy Womble; maternal aunts and uncles, Jessica and Keith Mays, Deborah Kring, Grandpa, Jay Green, Uncles, Bo Green, Nicki and Julie Green, Dwight Green, Cory and Sarah Green and a number of cousins and other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Danielle are pending at this time and will be announced by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Breona Kate Hutson

Breona Kate Hutson, age 23, a resident of De Kalb, Texas, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 in De Kalb.

She was born March 6, 1998 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a C.N.A. She grew up in the Old Time Gospel Church and loved riding 4-wheelers, hunting, fishing and her dogs, Chico and Lilly.

Breona was preceded in death by her grandparents, Danny Crow, George Hutson, and Larry Hutson; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Hutson.

She is survived by two sons, Carter and Elijah Clemons of De Kalb; her fiancé, Gustavo Luna of De Kalb; her parents, Benjamin and Durinda Hutson of New Hope, Arkansas and Bryce Hutson of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three sisters, Eden and Rylie Hutson of New Hope and Brylee Hutson of Lockesburg; one brother, Cody Purcell of Arkansas; her grandparents, Benny and Rita Simmons of Provo, Arkansas, Tilly Hutson of Lockesburg and Donna Hutson of De Kalb; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Breona will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jerrel Helms and Jessica Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday the 26th at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Katie Aline Miller Nickerson

Mrs. Katie Aline Miller Nickerson, age 96, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Ashdown. She was born August 21, 1924 in Burkburnett, Texas.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and caring for her family, having great love for her children and all of her grandchildren. She loved to cook and among her specialties were strawberry shortcake, country-fried potatoes, and her tomato gravy.

She enjoyed feeding her hummingbirds and welcomed their arrival each spring. She also loved to read.

Mrs. Nickerson was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Willie Pratt Beall Miller; her husband, James Lawrence Nickerson; two sons: Everett Nickerson and Edward Gene Nickerson; one infant son, Johnny Ray Nickerson; three brothers: C.B. Miller, Merritt Miller, and D.L. Miller; one sister, Mary Anna Zacharias, and one granddaughter, Kathryn Vance-Willis; one grandson, Steve Allen. She was predeceased by two great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Trilby Vance of De Queen, Arkansas; Janet Rhodes and husband, Jim Rhodes of Nashville, Arkansas; two sons, David Nickerson of De Queen; and Jimmie Nickerson and wife Susan of Fouke, Arkansas; twenty grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren; and eighteen great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She also leaves one very special lifelong friend, Margaret Klitz, of Winthrop.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nickerson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Larry Sherman officiating. A private burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in the chapel.

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

 

 

Lilia “Liliana” Durān Anaya

Ms. Lilia “Liliana” Durān Anaya, age 42, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 27, 1978 in La Enredadora, Jerecuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a member of New Life Church in De Queen. Lilia made sure her children knew they were loved especially on birthdays and holidays; she loved taking care of her children. She enjoyed going to church, cleaning, drinking glass bottle cokes and loved to shop at goodwill.

Ms. Durān was preceded in death by one sister, Leticia Durān; one aunt, Balvina Anaya Tinajero.

She is survived by her parents, Erasmo and Oralia Anaya Durān of La Enredadora, Guanajuato, Mexico; four daughters and one son, Saleni Rojas Durān, Angeles Alicia Rojas Durān, Nayeli Rojas Durān, Jose Martin Rojas Durān, Jr., Jacqueline Aguilar Durān, one granddaughter, Avery Anne Webb; one son-in-law, Phillip Joseph Webb; six sisters and three brothers, Lorena Durān Anaya, Leonel Durān Anaya, Maurilia Durān Anaya, Eloisa Durān Anaya, Maria Hilda Durān Anaya, Eloisa Durān Anaya, Jose Antonio Durān Anaya, Diana Durān Anaya, Noemi Durān Anaya, Jose Erasmo Durān Anaya; father of her children, Jose Martin Rojas Hernandez and one very special friend, Gabrielle Thrailkill.

Funeral services for Ms. Durān will be held at 2:00p.m., Monday, July 19, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jacob Morales and Pastor Cyrus Alvarado officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the funeral home.

Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Mrs. Evelyn Ford

Mrs. Evelyn Avalyne Thomas Ford, age 78, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

She was the second of seven children born to Harold Mayo and Verna Louise Oglesby Thomas on July 19, 1942, in Arkinda, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dan Russell Ford, Sr., on March 7, 1959, in De Queen, and to this union, three children were born. Evelyn retired from the Horatio School System after several years of lunchroom service. She and Dan are members of the Horatio Church of Christ and she enjoyed fishing, cooking, and garage sales. More than anything she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Louise Smith; father, Harold Thomas; son, Dan Russell “Rusty” Ford, Jr., in 1898; and siblings, Betty Tolleson, Harold Thomas, Eugene Thomas and Glenna Tuttle.

Left to cherish her loving memory include her husband of over 62 years, Dan Ford, Sr. of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, LaDonna and Danny Goins of Horatio, and Sherry and James Nelson of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Kristi and Wade Scott of Horatio, Holly and Steve Jarrell of Hensley, Codi and Jeff English of Little Rock and Jami and Zane Moor of De Queen; five great-grandchildren,Cali Jarrell, Tucker Scott, Abbi Wester, Erin English and Dani Wester; two sisters and their spouses, Janet and Joe Sumrell of Ashdown, and Lola and G.A. Cearly of Vandervoort; as well as, nieces , nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Evelyn Ford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 16, 2021, at West Otis Cemetery, with Cy Davis and Bobby Tatum, Ministers, officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M., Thursday, at the funeral home. you may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

William “Pep” Brown, Jr.

Mr. William Aubrey Brown, Jr., affectionately known as “Pep”, passed from this life on July 10, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, after having attained the age of 64 years and two months.

Pep was born to the union of William Aubrey Brown, Sr., and Jeraldean Clayton Brown on May 10, 1957, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a 1975 graduate of De Queen High School and worked for the Treating Plant in De Queen. Once the Treating Plant closed, Pep went to work De Queen and Eastern Railroad. After retirement, his time was spent with his friends, loving family, and doting nieces and nephews. He was an avid fan of Duke basketball and all other sports. He enjoyed bowling and playing dominoes with his family and friends.

Pep was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Regina Kay Brown; and a special domino buddy, Charles Tramble.

Those left to cherish his loving memory include one brother, Michael Brown of De Queen; three sisters, Patricia Brown and Elmyra Brown of De Queen, and Rhonda (Michael) Brown Tucker of Seneca, South Carolina. He was known as “Uncle Pep” to his loving nieces and nephews, Derrick (Latoria) Whitmore, Alisha (Ricky) Williams, Greg (Lashayla) White, Andre Dade, Fantashia White, and Michael Brown; and his great nieces and nephews, Kobi, Ashton, Aubrey, Ryann, Donyea, Madison, Trinity, Kylan, Journey, Greyson, Gavin, and Xavier. Pep is also survived by his aunts, Flora Pierce, Maime Manus, and Josephine Brown of Longview, Texas, and Velma Jean McElroy of Carson, California; special friends, Eddie Lee and Francis Johnson, Martha Powell, Elizabeth Hughes, Leroy Nelson, Michael Jackson, and Mearl Robinson; as well as, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. William “Pep” Brown, Jr., will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 17, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Richard Carr, Eulogist, officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be general, Thursday through Saturday morning, at the funeral home. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Pallbearers will be Gary Parker, Leroy Nelson, Benny Mack, Tim Boyles, Greg White, and Tony Whitmore.

 

Mr. William Bruce Crow

William Bruce Crow, 73, of Ashdown passed away Friday June 25, in Texarkana, TX. Bruce spent his early days in Arkansas and Oregon until his family settled in Arkansas. He went to work at an early age working at Mountain Air Chicken Plant, Weyerheauser, Spotlight where he met his wife Jean, and Efird Ford. He also owned and worked a family business cleaning and yard service. He retired from Domtar in 2009 after 25 years. Bruce loved the Lord and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church serving as Deacon for 28 years serving the Lord faithfully always willing to help wherever needed. He attended Bowie Baptist Training Center. Bruce loved his family working hard to provide for them. He enjoyed being outdoors spending many hours on his tractor and riding lawn mower.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years Lilly Jean Cowart Crow, his parents Bruce and Bonnie Crow.
He is survived by his wife Jerry Crow of Ashdown; His daughter and Son-in-Law Gloria and Charles Cox; A Son and Daughter-in-Law Brent and Stephanie Crow; Sister Bonita Ward of Lockesburg; Two Brothers and sister-in-law Clayton and Betty Crow of Lockesburg, and Wesley and Mica Crow of Ashdown; Sisters-in law and brothers-in-Law Patsy and Benny Herrington of Texarkana and Nan and Steve Beedle of Ashdown; 5 Grandchildren George, Nathan, Jake, and Andrew Cox, and Erin Crow
Visitation will be 1:00 till 2:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ashdown prior to the funeral. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 at the church with Jim Cross and Corey Perkins officiating.
 
Graveside service will be private.
Online registration Maddenfuneralservice.com

 

 

Ezra Eugene Buck

Mr. Ezra Eugene Buck, age 46, a resident of Conway, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Conway. 

He was born May 27, 1975, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Mr. Buck was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Ann Teague Buck.

He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Becky Buck of Nashville, Arkansas; two sisters, Lavel Hollaway of Melbourne, Florida and Teenia Rodriquez of Pensacola, Florida; one stepsister, Jonie Evans of Nashville; one stepbrother, Philip Mascarenas of Nashville and eight nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Buck will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Crosspoint Cowboy Church in Nashville, Arkansas. Burial will follow at the Bluff Springs Cemetery with Bro. Don Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 10th at the church.

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

 

 

Eduardo Trejo Alvarado

Mr. Eduardo Trejo Alvarado, age 30, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed unexpectedly from this life on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

He was born to Juan Manuel Trejo Resendiz and Ernestina Alvarado Hernandez on May 15, 1991, in Zimapan, Hidalgo, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Crispina M. Ramirez, on September 13, 2013, in De Queen, and to this union, three beautiful children were born. Eduardo worked as a home builder for Hurst Custom Homes and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church. He enjoyed music, playing the accordion, dancing, and carpentry work, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and many friends.

Eduardo is survived by his loving wife, Crispina M. Ramirez of De Queen; their children, Mireya, Alma, and Josiah Trejo Ramirez of De Queen; his parents, Juan Manuel Trejo Rezendiz and Ernestina Alvarado Hernandez of Mexico; two brothers, David and Juan Manuel Trejo Alvarado of Mexico; three sisters, Lourdes, Guadalupe, and Liliana Trejo Alvarado of Mexico; grandparents, Eva Hernandez Aguilar, Patricio Alvarado Munoz, Gilberto Trejo Dicha, and Viriginia Rezendiz Ortiz, all of Mexico; aunts and uncles, Gilberto, Ester, Rosa, Angelica, Angilia, and Marco Antonio Trejo Rameriz, all of Mexico; nieces and nephews, Brian Manuel Trejo, Camila Zahory Trejo Alvarado, Danna Paula Martinez Trejo, and Santiago Trejo Ramirez, all of Mexico; as well as, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Eduardo Trejo Alvarado will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 9, 2021, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center of St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held in Mexico. Rosary and vigil services will begin at 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the Pastoral Center. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Elmo Watson King

Elmo Watson “Chuck” King who served his family, friends, fellow man, and communities with great strength and vigor for 96 years is with his Lord and Savior today after passing Wednesday June 30th near his home at Canyon Lake, Texas. Chuck proudly served his country in WWll in the South Pacific aboard the USS Tennessee Naval Battleship. From his own writing; “Born the fifth in a string of ten on a farm in SW Arkansas in a home my dad cut and sawed from the timber” he was son of Louis Ferdinand King and Eunice June Fritz.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his two children, Mary Catherine Patton, and brothers Norman, L.F., Merlin, Bert, Paul, and sister Vonnie Thornton with his dear sister Holly “Sissy” Bush still residing nearby in their home state of Arkansas. Chuck will be laid to rest beside his granddaughter Traci Swinehart (daughter of Lesa) in his birthplace Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Chuck is survived by his best friend and wife, Rosalie King, of 25 years who was holding his hand as they did each night at bedtime and was cheek to cheek in an embrace when her love . Children Gaylin Russell King and Lesa Gale Lyon along with their spouses Diana King and Eric Lyon survive him with Jennifer Loupes and Catherine Bridges daughters of Gaylin and Diana. Many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, stepchildren Mike, Pat and Mary Lynn enjoyed “Papa Chuck” and Grandma Rosie’s retired years at Lake Greeson, Arkansas playing on the lake and enjoying the outdoors, learning water sports, boating, fishing, flipping pancakes and eating biscuits and gravy!

Elmo Watson “Chuck” King was a kind and gentle man who served teaching Sunday school, as a deacon and on many civic boards. After retiring from the Southern Pacific Railroad, Chuck owned and operated several successful businesses throughout the years which benefitted from his grit, perseverance and tenacity that we all respected. He was a “man’s man” in his son’s words and early son-in-law PJ Alden concurs and yet a most tender and loving man to daughter Lesa, Rosie, her daughter Mary Lynn and all who have had the pleasure of knowing the treasure of this great man’s heart and legacy. “DON’T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS”, “GOD WILLING”, “FORGIVE US WHERE WE FAIL THEE”, “LOVE YOU WERY WERY MUCH” and “OH ROS-A-LIE” will resonate in our hearts forever. See you at the “Far Side Banks of Jordon” and we know you will shout with joy when we see you again!

Graveside funeral services for Mr. King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 9, 2021 in the Lockesburg Cemetery with Pastor Rick Gregory officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Mrs. Patsy Hacker

Mrs. Patsy Lansdell Hacker, age 69, of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed from this life, Sunday, July 4, 2021, at her home with family by her side.

Patsy was born the youngest of ten children to the union of Guy and Mattie Beasley Lansdell on February 9, 1952, in DeKalb, Texas. She was a 1970 graduate of Winthrop High School, and on October 22, 1970, married the love of her life, O’Neal Clarence Hacker. Patsy was a homemaker and member of Winthrop First Baptist Church. She had an unshakeable faith and even in the end, prayed without ceasing. She maintained her love and concern for the salvation of her family and many friends. When she was able, she enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, keeping the home, and was an avid Elvis Presley fan. More than anything, she cherished the time spent with O’Neal, their children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Mattie Lansdell; her twin brother, Pat Lansdell; and two sisters, Mary Branson and Pauline Lansdell.

Patsy leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over 50 years, O’Neal Hacker of Winthrop; son and daughter-law, Johnny and Robyn Hacker of Foreman; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Josh Tabler of Ben Lomond; four grandchildren, Amber (Marty) Clayton of Foreman, Kaleb Hacker of Foreman, Madi Tabler of Ben Lomond, and Landon Tabler of Ben Lomond; one great-grandchild, William Clayton of Foreman; three brothers and their spouses, Truman (Judy) Lansdell of Winthrop, Vernon (Ruth) Lansdell of Alleene, and Herman Lansdell of Hooks, Texas; three sisters and their spouses, Roma Lee (Tommy) Bryan of Foreman, Lillian (Keith) Springer of Foreman, and Martha Taylor of Hooks, Texas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Patsy Hacker will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Winthrop First Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravelly Cemetery, Foreman, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, at Winthrop First Baptist Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Jessie Faye Zanzeburg

Jessie Faye Zanzeberg, age 79, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died Friday, July 2, 2021 at her daughter’s home.

Mrs. Zanzeberg was born July 4, 1941 in Wickes, Arkansas. She was a member of Grannis Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mary Jenkins Blanton; her siblings, Betty Cooke, Kelcey Blanton, Ed Blanton, her twin brother Junior Ray Blanton, , Rosalee Barber and Virgil Blanton.

Mrs. Zanzeberg is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joe Zanzeberg; one daughter and son-in-law, Diann and Wayne Wise of Grannis; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rickey and Melissa Zanzeberg and Fred and Lisa Zanzeberg, all of Grannis; seven grandchildren, Jason and Gina Goodman of Bentonville, Arkansas, Tiffany Wise of Grannis, Kellie Wise of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Carlos and Kayla Rodriguez of De Queen, Chance and Courtney Zanzeberg of Grannis, Jorge and Carrie Abarca of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Clint and Kim Brown of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Heath Zanzeberg of Van Cove, Arkansas; eleven great-grandchildren, Kensley, Meredith, Ale, Tabatha, Brailey, and Kyndal; step-grandchildren, Annalise, Kaitlyn, Axton, Kristian, Colton, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Zanzeberg will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday July 5. 2021 in the Grannis Cemetery with John Wisinger officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 4, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Sue Wagoner

Mrs. Betty Sue Huckaby Wagoner, age 74, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at her home.

Sue was one of nine children born to the union of Felix Harrison and Argie Louise Ramsey Huckaby on October 18, 1946, in De Queen. She was a 1964 graduate of De Queen High School and went to further her education at beauty school. She worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant, Beautician, and later as a cook for the De Queen School Cafeteria, retiring after 15 years of service. She married Sol B. Wagoner, on January 27, 1996, to share the next 25 loving years. She was a Baptist and member of Old Time Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She was exceptionally proud of her 27-year remission of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sue was a collector of Santa Clause figurines and lighthouses, was an avid Elvis Pressley fan, and enjoyed yardwork, and taking care of everyone. More than anything, Sue cherished the time spent with Sol, their children, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Ramsey, Marvin, Donnie, Lonnie, and Glen Huckaby; and a grandchild, Kody Firm.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Sue include, her loving husband, Sol Wagoner of Horatio; their children, Cheryl Firm of De Queen, Shannon (Jaimie) Crabtree of Texarkana, Shonda (Mark) Hannah of Eagletown, a special exchange daughter Nathalie Giorgi of Switzerland, Rene Chandler of Valliant, Mya (Tom) Duboyce of Colorado Springs, and Russell (Brandy) Law of Malvern; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Emalene) Huckaby of De Queen; two sisters, Marje Harbolt of Joplin, and Linda Dean of De Queen; her mother-in-law, Marcella Olochia of Murfreesboro; as well as, other former exchange students, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sue Wagoner will be held at 3:00 P.M., Monday, July 5, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Tim Bowlin and Mike Jannise officiating. Burial will follow at Avon Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M., to service time, Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Old Time Missionary Baptist Church, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors Project, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in honor of Mrs. Sue Wagoner.

 

 

Lucy Fay Evans Robb

Lucy Fay Evans Robb, age 63, passed from this earth Monday, June 28, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas with her children by her side. She was born on Thursday, October 24, 1957 to Henry and Gladys Evans in De Queen, Arkansas.

Lucy loved to love people. She had a gigantic heart and was the most loving, selfless and supportive mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. Lucy was a dedicated mother first and foremost, she was very proud of her children and cherished every moment spent with them. She treasured her children, but the love she had for her grandbabies was immense. She is the shining example of how to live every day loving others and never went a day without letting the ones she knew how much she truly loved them. Lucy was always smiling and happy to help her customers while developing countless friendships being team member of EZ-Mart for over 27 years, that smile will be missed by all who knew her. Lucy was truly a strong, courageous person all of her life and fought a good fight until the very end.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Henry and Gladys Evans; two nephews; three nieces and one great nephew.

Lucy is survived by her son and daughter in law, David and Tonya Robb of Hope; her daughter, Melissa Robb of Grannis; the father of her children, James Robb; her grandchildren, Sophie, Lillie and J. T. Robb; five brothers, Leon Evans, Paul Evans, Robert (Rosa) Evans, Earl (Seven) Evans, and Jimmy Evans; five sisters, Fern (Rocky) Dering, Kathy House, Robby Evans (Clyde), Mary Evans and Arlene (Midge) Evans; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Church of the Nazarene in Wickes with Homer Frachiseur officiating.

We hope to share many “Lucy” stories and other memories as well as a view of videos and pictures. If you wish to send a card, the family would sincerely appreciate it. Send it to the family at P.O. Box 78, Wickes, Arkansas, 71973.

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

 

 

James William “Bill” Matthews

James William “Bill” Matthews, age 76, a resident of Danville, Arkansas and formally of Horatio died Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at St. Vincent in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Matthews was born June 16, 1945 in Horatio, Arkansas. Bill worked for Weyerhaeuser and was HR Director for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. He also worked for DSI Security recently. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a member of United Methodist Church in Horatio, Arkansas and of First Baptist Church in Danville. He loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren who lovingly called him Podzu.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elvina Hart Matthews, his uncle and aunt, Perry and Frances Matthews; one brother, Jerry Don Matthews; one sister, Paula Sue Matthews.

Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife of 54 years, Thelma Jean May Matthews; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kristi Matthews of Benton, and Todd and Marcie Matthews of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and Brett McDuffie of Danville; seven grandchildren, Parker Matthews, Drew Matthews, Avery Matthews, Ethan Matthews, Sawyer Matthews, Gavin McDuffie and Brenden McDuffie; two sisters, Dixie Gabbard of Horatio and Kaye Graves of Hot Springs; one brother, Chuck Matthews of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Travis Langley officiating. Burial will follow at Horatio Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Sue Strube

Mrs. Sue Doerner Strube, age 88, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, June 28, 2021, at her home.

She was born May 5, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Erwin Jacob and Gayle Brodie Doerner. She was 1950 graduate of Tulsa Central. She married the love of her life, Dr. William J. Strube, on December 20, 1952, in Tulsa. She worked in the office of the Weyerhaeuser Treating Plant, retiring after ten years of service. Sue enjoyed reading, bowling, and was an avid football fan. She was most fond of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over 67 years, Dr. William “Doc” Strube; two sons, John Strube and Infant Joseph Strube; her son-in-law, Danny Carlstead, and her sister, Carolyn Hensley.

Those left to cherish the many memories include, one son, Mark Strube of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters, Cathy Hall of De Queen, and Michele Carlstead of De Queen; four grandchildren, Alisha Reid of Hot Springs, Courtney Reid of Texarkana, Timothy Carlstead and Malloree Carlstead, both of De Queen; one great-granddaughter, Robin Ahrens of Texarkana; one brother, Stuart Doerner of Missouri; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Sue Strube will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Chapel Hill Cemetery, with Bro. Del Stone officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Dana Simmons Brown

Dana Simmons Brown age 48 of Broken Bow, Oklahoma passed June 27, 2021. She was born on July 13, 1972 in De Queen, Arkansas to Jessie Sonny Simmons and Deborah McBride. She went to be with the Lord and all of the proceeding family members: Grandfathers and grandmothers Jessie R and Norma Sue Simmons, Joe and Voisie Wadkins and, Mama Linda Simmons and nephew, Garrett Jones.

Dana was a loving, compassionate, giving, God loving woman who loved to be silly! She always wanted everyone to laugh and be happy. We all have our wonderful memories we had with her. Dana was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend. She had the most beautiful smile that could light up your soul. She could spend hours staring up at the stars dreaming and if you were lucky enough to be present when she gased into Kenneth or Jacobs faces the pure joy radiating from her world blind you.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Brown of Broken Bow, OK, her son Jacob McCoy of Broken Bow; one daughter, Otter of Valliant, Oklahoma; father and wife, Sonny and Vickie Simmons of Texarkana, Tx; mother, Deborah McBride of Dierks, AR and brother, Michael Simmons of Dierks; and sister, Nikki Shirley and John of Langley, AR and a slue of other family!

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Burg Cemetery near Umpire, Arkansas with Tony Hill and Todd Reed officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

 

 

Alva Lois Rhodes Wimpee

Alva Lois Rhodes Wimpee, 97, of De Queen, died Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

Lois was born September 23, 1923 in Jacksonville, Arkansas to Ivy Rhodes and Dovie Lemley Rhodes. She married Otha F. Wimpee in 1942, shortly before he went overseas in World War Two.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Otha, her brother Donald Rhodes, infant sister, Dorothy Fay and son-in-law, Jimmie Dunn.

She is survived by her son, Gerald Wimpee of De Queen; daughter, Nelda Dun of De Queen and daughter, Barbara Harrison and her husband, Bobby of Horatio.

She is also survived by six grandchildren, Mandy Wimpee Bowden and husband Scott, Brad Wimpee and wife Diana “Buffy”, Tristin Ritchey Wimpee, Lori Dunn, Jennifer Dunn-Shortridge and husband Mark, Bethany Harrison Baracosa and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be private.

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

 

 

William Franklin Gentry 

William Franklin Gentry passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Granbury, Texas. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather was born on August 25, 1938, in Van Alstyne, Texas to William Carl Gentry and Inez Bishop Gentry.

Love and time ‘those are the only 2 things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent’.  William believes this.  He was a generous man and his sweet smile captivated all he greeted.

He graduated from De Queen High School in 1958.  He attended Sam Houston State University and Bishop College as well as several police departments supervisor courses at SMU Dallas.

William joined the Dallas Police force on Feb 22, 1960.  As a sergeant and lieutenant, he was assigned to the Patrol Board and as a Captain he was assigned to the Youth Section and Crimes Against Persons. He retired as Deputy Chief of Traffic. He served 28 years with the Dallas Police Department.

He met his wife Suzette Robinson in 1949.  They were united and married on August 30, 1959.

He often said “I would not change a thing in my life.  I am a lucky man for I had the love of my life and being a police officer.  I enjoyed every day. I am blessed”.

He is survived by his wife Suzette Robinson Gentry, 2 children Chanee Robinson and Jason Randall; 6 grandchildren Charlsy Branson, Zachary Anderson, Frazier, and Mason Anderson, Chase, and Cole Gentry; and 5 great grandchildren Talon, Torin and Tyson Branson, Rayne Anderson and Iris Anderson-Starr.

Memorial services will be Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the Acton Baptist Church, Acton Texas. 

 

 

Charles Wayne Whitaker

Mr. Charles Wayne Whitaker, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born September 23, 1952 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was a truck driver for Lane Poultry. He was a wonderful, awesome father who taught his daughters well.

Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Frances Catherine (Weddington) Whitaker.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Holland) Whitaker of 51 years; two daughters and sons-in law, Beverly and Robin McCollum of De Queen and Charlene and Calvin Underwood of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Keven, James, Joshua, Priscilla and Robin; twelve great grandchildren; two brothers, James Whitaker of Cabot, Arkansas and Woody Ellison of Georgia; one sister, Sandra Foster of Little Rock, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Viewing for Mr. Whitaker will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Cossatot Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.

A memorial dinner will be held at 11:00 a.m., at the home of Mark and Kimberly Vick, 1701 W. Elberta Ave., De Queen, AR.

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

 

Mrs. Louise Stinnett

Mrs. Louise Mildred Phelps Stinnett, age 77, resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, June 20, 2021, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was born to the union of Joseph Franklin and Francis Wood Phelps on July 7, 1943, in Arkoma, Oklahoma. Louise married the love of her life, Jack Stinnett, on March 22, 1962, in Arkoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Stinnett; one son, William “Billy” Gray; one sister, Lucille Dirickson; and two brothers, Lonnie and Thomas Phelps.

She is survived by one son, John Thomas Gray of Horatio; two grandsons, William and Dallas Pettigrew of Horatio; and a half-brother, Jimmy Sanders of Fort Smith; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

 

Billy J. Ross, Sr. 

Billy J. Ross, Sr., age 66, a resident of Point Texas, died Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Mr. Ross was born February 24, 1955 in Dallas, Texas . He was a Christian and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Ross, Jr. and Ollie Mae (Bailey) Ross.

Mr. Ross is survived by four children, Mandi Mayo of Ashdown, Arkansas, Tamisa and husband Chris Smith of Wiggins, Mississippi, BJ Ross and wife Christy of Sheridan, AR, Nicole and husband Jason Hilton of Valley View, Texas; one brother, Franky Ross of De Queen, Arkansas; One sister, Debbie Massey of De Queen; grandchildren, Chase and Autumn Ross, Clay Ross, Madison Perez, Danielle, Karlie and Dawson Ross, Jay Sasser and Rilynn Rauschuber; step grandchildren, Kourtney and Kyle, Christopher and Nicholas; great grandchildren, Tate, Lyric and Zuri; step great grandchildren, Klayton and Klaria; girlfriend, Debbie Reynolds Smith and a number of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

Funeral services for Mr. Ross will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Minister Newman Hance officiating.

A private burial will follow.

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

 

 

Gary Lane Guin

A graveside service for Gary Lane Guin, 69, will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm.m till 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home. 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111. Pastor Brian Miller will be officiating the services.

Gary was born June 25, 1951 in Campti, Louisiana to Travis Daniel and Aleene Wallace Guin. He passed from this life on June 17, 2021 at his home in Blanchard, Louisiana with his loving wife of 36 years, Bonnie Sue Guin, by his side.

Gary started working for the Kansas City Southern Railroad at the age of 19 and retired after 31 years of service as a claim agent. He enjoyed his work at the railroad and cherished the friendships he built there from all his years of service. Gary enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard where he served as an enlisted soldier and an officer. He served at HQ Company Commander with the 527th Engineer Battalion in Bossier City. Louisiana. Gary finished up his military service with the Army Reserves after more than 20 years of service with rank of Captain. He took great pride in serving in the military and cherished the lifetime friends he made through his service. 

“Pops”, as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed tending to his property, raising cattle, working his garden, and attending his grandchildren’s extra-curricular activities. He had an affinity for catching white perch from the waters of Gillham Lake and the Cossatot River. He looked forward to camping there with Bonnie every year for 38 years. His happy place was out on the waters with a specific-colored jig and a good pole or in the deer stand while drinking hot chocolate with one of his grandkids. Gary was a good man and a smiling face to all that met him. Pops will be missed but not forgotten.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dr. James Aubrey Guin of Ashland, Louisiana; sisters, Rubye Guin Morgan and husband, Joe, of Alexandria, Louisiana, Barbara Guin Vercher of Bossier City, Louisiana, Patsy Guin Thompson and husband, Buddy, of Mansfield, Louisiana; mother-in-law, Mable Faye Hendricks Roberts of De Queen, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Steve Roberts of Wichita Falls, Texas and Wayne Roberts of De Queen, AR; and sister-in-law, Louise Roberts Mulkey of De Queen, AR.

Gary is survived by his wife, Bonnie Guin; children, Jennifer Quada of Bossier City. Louisiana and Shane Guin and wife, Kelly, of Thibodaux. Louisiana; grandchildren, Aspen Quada, Alyssa Quada, Jacob Guin, Zachary Guin, Samuel Guin, Wyatt Guin, and Henson Guin; brothers, Travis Guin and wife, Mary Beth, of Campti, Louisiana and Ronald Guin and wife Pam, of Campti, Louisiana; sisters, Caroline Tauzin and husband, Joe, of Bossier City , Louisiana and Shirley Mustin and husband, John of Campti, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Little and husband, Tommy, of De Queen, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Mike Vercher of Bossier City, Louisiana; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Honoring Gary as pallbearers will be Jerry Cotton, Jacob Guin, Joey Guin, Ronald Guin, Zachary Guin, Tommy Little, and Jacob Sirmons.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Clint Little, Jackson Little, Paul Tauzin, Todd Tauzin, Scott Vercher, Steve Vercher, and Mark White.

 

 

Betty Ann Griggs

Mrs. Betty Ann Lawrence Griggs, age 63, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Ashdown, AR.

She was born September 2, 1957 in Louisiana. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Horatio.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Faye Lawrence.

Mrs. Griggs is survived by her husband, James Griggs; one sister, Brenda Helms of Ashdown; two sisters-in-law, Pat Smith and Ann Martin; one brother-in-law, Tim Griggs; two nephews, Dallas Gray and Billy Gray.

Funeral services for Mrs. Griggs will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021 at First Assembly of God in Horatio with John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Basil Regil Kesterson

Mr. Basil Regil Kesterson, age 70, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was born on December 18, 1950, in De Queen, Arkansas to Charles Kesterson and Ruth Mize Kesterson.

Basil was united in marriage to Penny Kesterson on November 25, 1984, and they enjoyed thirty six and a half wonderful years together. Basil loved his family, friends, and teaching about God and Salvation. Polk County was the focus of his life. He tried every way possible to help in growing his community of Wickes and anyone in need. His motto was “God, Family, and Community”. Basil will be unimaginably missed by all that knew and loved him.

Basil graduated from OSU class of 1971 as an Animal Science Major. He and his wife founded Global Fats & Oils Corp in 1989 which operated export and domestic feed grade animal nutrition. Cattle and horses were their love and passion. Basil was the JP of district 9 since 2002 and served at the Cossatot Senior Center. He was a Christian by Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Kesterson; sons, Tony Gunter and wife Korinda of Wickes, Travis Kesterson and wife Tina of Grannis, and Brandon Courtney and wife Patty of Vandervoort; grandchildren, Tessa Chaney and husband Nathan of Acorn, Kody and Brody Bailey of Hatfield, Ty and Taylar Kesterson of Grannis, Jaden Courtney of Wickes, Vanessa Neal and husband Josh of Vandervoort, Brandi Loyd of Cove, Ashton, Bryor, Jonny and Harley Loyd of Vandervoort, Kortney Landraneaux and husband Ryan of Henderson, TX, Melanie Oney and husband Randy of Carmack, TX, and Eddie and John Dickey of Marshall, TX; nine great grandchildren; brothers, Jeff Kesterson of Gillham, and Clovis Kesterson and wife Jennifer of Vandervoort; God given family members: Diane Warren of Grannis, Brandon Bailey and Family of Wickes, Dood Baker and wife Kathy of Wickes, James Sanders of Wickes, Orvin Foster of Mena, and Andy Marroy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Coleman Kesterson, and Joe Kesterson; niece, Marietta Kesterson; and sisters in law, Kathy Kesterson and Christine Kesterson.

A funeral service for Mr. Kesterson will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Gillham Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Tony Gunter, Travis Kesterson, Brandon Courtney, Kody Bailey, Brody Bailey, and Nathan Chaney. Honorary Pallbearers are the Polk County JP’s, and Brandon Ellison, Scott Sawyer, Andy Riner, Dood Baker, James Sanders, and Buck Bailey.

 

 

Larry Joe Martz

Larry Joe Martz, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, June 11, 2021 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 6, 1949 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas. He was a logger, a heavy equipment operator and enjoyed his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Marie Barrett Martz; his wife, Diane Cannon Martz; and two brothers, Charles and Travis Martz.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Brian and Paula Martz, Joseph and Cassandra Martz and Travis Martz, all of De Queen; two step-sons, Jody Roberts of Horatio, Arkansas and Clifton Roberts of Winthrop, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Aaron and Meagan Martz, Cheyenne and Noah Martz, Krista Martz, Alexis and Caden Stuart, Keely and Lane Roberts, Ralee Roberts and Madie Roberts; one brother and sister-in-law, Gwen and Julie Martz of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Nick Williams; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Martz will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 in the Belleville Cemetery with Jerrel Helms officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Mercy Reign Winer

Mercy Reign Winer, born June 8, 2021 at 11:32 am weighing 4 pounds and 3 ounces and 17 ½ inches long. She went to be with our Heavenly Father in the arms of her parents.

Mercy will forever be remembered by her parents Chris and Katie Winer, her siblings: Elizabeth Winer, Tristan Winer, Copelan Winer, Crimson Winer, and Bradley Winer. Her loving grandparents Danny and Sherri Edge, Randal and Sonya McKinley, and Kevin Winer. Her Aunt Jennifer Edge, Uncle Jesse Edge, Aunt Reagan McKinley, Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Tiffany Craig and many cousins. Along with her great grandparents and a host of family and friends.

Mercy brought immense joy to her family and they are deeply saddened by her passing but we
know she is in the arms of the Lord now, a perfect angel.

A private memorial service will be held at Redman Cemetery.

Donations can be given to the First State Bank in Dierks under Katie Winer and sympathy cards can be sent to 147 Young Loop, Umpire, AR 71971.

 

 

Virgilia Ann “Grannie Annie” Gilbert 

Mrs. Virgilia Ann “Grannie Annie” Gilbert, age 86, a resident of Greens Chapel, Arkansas, died, Friday, June 11, 2021.

She was born August 22, 1934 in Liberty Hill in Howard County, Arkansas. She was a secretary, homemaker and a poultry farmer. She was a member of Dierks First United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burl and Oca Mae Jackson Vancil; her husband, Keith Reese Gilbert; her infant sister, Sonja Vancil; one son-in-law, Terry Miller; niece, Melinda Gilbert Walls.

Mrs. Gilbert is survived by one daughter, Sonya Miller of De Queen, three sons and daughters-in-law, Van and Jo Gilbert of League City, Texas, Ben and Sheri Gilbert of Little Rock and Steven and Anna Gilbert of Marysville, AR; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Ralph Berg of Dierks; grandchildren, Amy (Brian) Crisp, James (Liz) Gilbert, Anna (Christian) Brages, Brooks Miller, Lindsey (Chris) Wimberly, Jackson Gilbert and her great grandchildren, Evan, Avery, Peyton, Parker, Becky, Helen and Emily.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gilbert will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Greens Chapel Cemetery in Dierks with Pastor Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held at Greens Chapel Methodist Church 10:00 a.m., prior to service.

General viewing will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Dierks, P.O. Box 35 Dierks, AR 71833, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, Inc. 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 300 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137.

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

 

Patrick Lee Byrne

Mr. Patrick Lee Byrne, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died, June 10, 2021 at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born May 6, 1953 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Pat was a retired Park Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He loved to fish, hunt and work cattle. He loved life and his kids and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Billie Sewell Byrne.

Pat is survived by his wife, Karla Valenti Byrne: one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Brandie Byrne of Hope, Arkansas; two daughters, Kristen Byrne of Ames, Iowa and Jennifer Byrne of Denver, Colorado; one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sandy Byrne of Denver, CO; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Rick Johnson of Dallas, TX; two grandchildren, Easton Byrne, Oakley Byrne and one on the way, Leighton and a number of nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life Memorial visitation 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Dierks Lake overlook.

Graveside services for Pat Byrne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Vickie McKee 

Passed at her home after reaching the age of 66 years.

Born April 8 1955, Gained her wings May 5 2021

Vickie is survived by her companion of 50 years Doug McKee.

One daughter and son-in-law Carina and Rusty McKnight.

One son and daughter-in-law Allen and Tina McKee.

In her words “The Lights of Her Life” grandson Konnor McKee and granddaughter Kaylin McKee.

She also leaves two sisters, Mary McCoy of Glenwood, AR and Connie Marquez of Texas. Two brothers Doyle Brown and Brad Brown.

She also leaves too many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Cousins and Friends to count.

She is and will always be missed and loved.

 

Mr. Kenneth Green

Mr. Kenneth Loyd Green, age 56, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Kenneth was born to the union of Lans Dale Green, Sr. and Phyllis Ann McWhorter Green on October 28, 1964, in De Queen. He married the love of his life, Teresa Ann Hurst, on October 17, 1986, in De Queen, and to this union, one son was born. Kenneth attended church at the Old Time Gospel Church and worked more than 30 years for Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. He enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Green, and his loving wife of over 32 years, Teresa Green.

Kenneth leaves to cherish his loving memory, one son, Christopher Green of Lockesburg; his father, Dale Green of Lockesburg; brother and sister-in-law, Dale Green, Jr. and Vivian of Lockesburg; niece and nephews, Jamie Roberts of De Queen, Cassandra Reeder and husband Jeffrey of Nashville, and Zeke Green of De Queen; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Kenneth Green will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Flora Gale Knighten

Mrs. Flora Gale Knighten, age 86, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Tyler, Texas.

She was born March 25, 1935 in White Cliffs, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Ashdown, Arkansas. Mrs. Knighten enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and loved flowers.

Mrs. Knighten was preceded in death by her parents, Guthrie Halen and Thelma Mae Lewis Alexander; her husband, A.C. Knighten and two sons, Steve Davis and Charles Knighten.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Viola and Frank Moore of Tom, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Elva Knighten, George and Lori Knighten and Vernon and Lisa Knighten, all of Foreman, Arkansas; one brother, Dale Alexander of Whitesboro, Texas; her grandchildren, Ashley Pratt, Brittany and Aaron Graves, George Knighten, Walter and Liz Knighten, Shayla and Dakota Edwards, Tristian, Tanner and Kaylee Knighten, Ty and Samantha Knighten, Kloe Knighten, Charles and Brandy Knighten, Justin Davis and Misty Davis; 13 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Knighten will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Blackland Cemetery in Foreman,

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 10th at the funeral home.

The family will gather at the home of George Knighten following the graveside service.

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

 

 

Michael Ruel Archer

Mr. Michael Ruel Archer, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born June 7, 1947 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Ruel and Irene (Stephens) Archer. Mr. Archer was the owner and manager of Western Auto in De Queen for 20 plus years and a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He served on the Sevier County Quorum Court, Sevier County Water Board and Tri-County Water Board. He was a prior deacon of the First Baptist Church in De Queen. Mr. Archer was a current and active member of Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mr. Archer was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Hazel Brodie; and brother-in-law, Norley Frank Bickley, III.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Brodie) Archer; daughter, Meredith Archer of Plano, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Aneta Archer of Conway, Arkansas; two grandsons Carter and Austin Archer; one sister, Deborah Bickley of De Queen; two nieces and their spouses, Natalie and David Dickey of Arlington, Texas and Neida and Paul Griffin of Yellville, Arkansas; his brother-in-law, Ralph G. Brodie and sister-in-law, Marilou Brodie both of Little Rock, Arkansas and numerous other relatives.

A family graveside for Mr. Archer will be held at 10:00, Wednesday June 9, 2021 at the Redmen Cemetery Pavilion. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen with Bobby Fischer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 8th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kern Heights Baptist Church building fund. 822 North 9th Street, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

 

Mr. Kenneth St. John

Mr. Kenneth Neal St. John, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021.

He was born on May 12, 1939, in Mt. Pine, Arkansas to Leacil E. and Alpha (Shirron) St. John. Mr. St. John was a Christian. Prior to his retirement, he was a long time Weyerhaeuser employee and former owner of De Queen Glass Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joan (Jacobs) St. John, and brother Marlin St. John.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn (Griffin) St. John; six daughters, Beverly St. John of Benton, Arkansas, Becky Jegstrup, of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Belinda (Tim) Cox, of Nashville, Arkansas, Benita St. John of De Queen, Arkansas, Lorrie (Danny) Stubbs of De Queen, Arkansas, and Melanie Brophy of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister and brother in-law, Tannie and Otis Lay of De Queen, Arkansas; one sister in-law, Joyce St. John of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother and sister in-law, Bennie and Martie Griffin; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Mr. St. John will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in the Greens Chapel Cemetery, Sevier County Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. David Bradshaw

Mr. David Lynn Bradshaw of De Queen, Arkansas passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at his little cabin in the woods, just shy of his 70th birthday.

David was a man of his own. He was born into this world on June 6, 1951, in De Queen to the union of William Douglas and Verna Marie Rogers Bradshaw. He was married to the love of his life, Patty Loraine Pressley, on December 2, 1991. He was a carpenter and was said to be one of the best plumbers you would ever meet. There was not much he could not do. He enjoyed his time spent at his cabin in the woods with Patty, his animals, and watching the deer.

David was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over 29 years, Patty Bradshaw and fur baby, Tigger of De Queen; four children and their spouses, Dale (Shannon) Christian of Stonewall, Louisiana, Brian (Kim) Christian of Stonewall, Louisiana, Shelia Martinez of Woodburn, Oregon, and Elizabeth Bradshaw of Southport, North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Ashlie, Hayden, Michael, Taylor, Nalia, Sierra, Tyler and Evan; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Hank; two sisters, Linda (Willis) Niemeyer of Maud, Texas, and Carolyn Bradshaw of De Queen; and his nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann (Bo) Frachiseur of Corpus Christi, Texas, Randy (Anna) Belcher of De Queen, Susan Worrell of Maud, Texas, and Joe Conway, also of Maud, Texas.

Graveside Services for Mr. David Bradshaw will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 7, 2021, at West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Wanda Janes

Wanda Bingham Janes, age 90, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born June 3, 1931, in Wickes, Arkansas to Kelsey Clifton Price and Minnie Katherine Miller Price.

Wanda was a customer service representative for Windstream until she retired.  She attended the Wickes Church of the Nazarene for many years.  Wanda adored her family more than anything and loved her friends as well.  It is evident by the pictures that are showcased throughout her home.  She was Godly woman and a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a great friend to many.  She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.D. Bingham; brothers, Orman Aaron Price, and Tillis Kelsey Price; and sister, Arlene Genice Price Campbell.  She is survived by son, Travis Clayton Bingham; daughters, Melissa Kathleen Sanders and husband Jerry, Vanessa Bingham Crossfield and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Anthony Sanders and wife Karen, Jennifer Sanders, Natalie Cannady and husband Dayton, Todd Bingham and wife Kelly, Courtney Jones and husband Shawn, Jordan Bingham and wife Caitlin, Bradley Crossfield, Emily Higgins and husband Matthew and Maximus “Max” (her granddog); great grandchildren, Jacob Sanders, Kendall Cannady, Brock Bingham, Reid Bingham, Quinn Bingham, Blake Rogers, Addie Rogers, Clay Jones, and Adyson Jones.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Leon McCleskey officiating.  Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, June 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Todd Bingham, Anthony Sanders, Bradley Crossfield, Jordan Bingham, Reggie Crossfield and Maximus “Max” Crossfield.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

 

Kelsey Leon Moore

Kelsey Leon Moore, age 90, died June 3, 2021 at home in De Queen, AR. He was born on November 16, 1930 to the late Harley Andrew Moore, Sr. and Thelma Lucille Paulk Moore in Texarkana, TX.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harley A. Moore, Jr and wives Edythe and Joy and Billy Ray Moore and wife Pauline and his in-laws James T. and Louise McGuyre.

Survivors include wife Mona Louise McGuyre Moore, son Dr. James Murray Moore and wife Ginger; daughters Carol Rose Moore Hall and husband David, Connie Jean Moore, and Cathy Leigh Moore Seal and husband Billy; and son Kelsey McGuyre (Mac) Moore and wife Jane.

His grandchildren include John Hall (Lacey), Katie Bonilla (Jose), Sarah Neumeier, Jim Moore (Natalia), Susan Ward, Mary Wheeler (Brandon), Matt Hall (Laura), Daniel Seal (Kenzie), and Kelsey McGuyre Moore, Jr. and Evie Moore. Great-grandchildren are Tucker, Mia Mona-Jean and Allie Rose Hall; Andi, Laney, Evan and Asher Hall, Grady and Hayleigh Seal; Ben and Jack Moore; Annalise and Joscelyn Bonilla; Lily and Merrick Wheeler; and great-great granddaughter Emerson Rose Hall.

Kelsey graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana in 1948 and earned a basketball scholarship to Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he graduated in 1952 with a Masters Degree in Administrative Education. He married Mona McGuyre on June 14, 1953 at the Methodist Church in Foreman, on a day many remembered as being the hottest day in June ever. They would have been married 68 years this month. Kelsey was drafted into the Army and was attached to Company D 5th Heavy Tank Brigade 6th Armed Division. While serving in the Army, his first son Jimmy was born in 1954. After discharge from the Army, he was hired as heat basketball coach at Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas. Triplet girls, Carol, Connie and Cathy arrived in 1956. Kelsey joked about having his family increase from 3 to 6 overnight and about the triplets running him out of the coaching profession. The family then moved to Foreman, AR where Kelsey went into business with his father-in-law at McGuyre Chevrolet, and their last child Mac was born in 1957.

During his 18 years in Foreman, Kelsey was President and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis. He was active in the Methodist Church serving as Lay Leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee and the Building Committee for a new church. He was also very involved in the school and coached both senior high and junior high football and basketball as well as being a principal. He sold McGuyre Chevrolet in Foreman and Kelsey bought the dealership in De Queen and ran Kelsey Moore Chevrolet until he retired in 2000.

Kelsey was a natural athlete and excelled in many sports. He lettered in basketball, tennis, and baseball in college, but his passion was golf. He was a championship golfer and won many tournaments in the Tri-State area. He was elected president of the Arkansas Senior Golf Association in 2003 and selected to play on the ASGA team in Great Fall, New York. Kelsey taught his sons and grandsons the techniques and etiquette of golf, and they had some great times playing together at Little River Country Club. He also taught them all the love of hunting and fishing. 

Kelsey was a devoted husband to his wife, and a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and father-in-law. He showed them all by example that hard work pays off, and just through observation he taught all the children patience, perseverance, loyalty and love. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service will be Monday, June 7 at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 5th St. and Heynecker Ave, De queen, AR, with Reverend Steve Copley presiding. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman, AR.

Pallbearers are grandsons John Hall, Matthew Hall, Jim Moore, Daniel Seal, Tucker Hall and Kelsey McGuyre Moore, Jr. 

Visitation will be Sunday, June 6 from 3-5 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 488, De Queen, AR 71832 or to your favorite charity.

 

 

Tammy Gail Simmons

Mrs. Tammy Gail Downs Simmons, age 56, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Tammy was born the second of four children to the union of Claude Ray “Sonny” and Virgie Vondal Ward Downs on September 11, 1964, in De Queen. Tammy married the love of her life, James Earl Simmons on December 2, 1983, in De Queen, and to this union, two children were born. She worked in different capacities over the years, including her work at TJ’s and formerly owning the Dairy De Queen. Tammy spent the past 15 plus years managing the Salvation Army in De Queen. She enjoyed shopping on QVC, cooking, fixing up her home, fishing, and was an adoring “dance Nana”. She cherished the time spent with the many wonderful visitors of the Salvation Army, her friends, and loving family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sonny Downs, maternal and paternal grandparents.

Those left to cherish the many loving memories of Tammy include her husband of over 37 years, James Simmons of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Jared James (Katie) Simmons of Port Neches, Texas; one daughter, Stacy Lynn Simmons of Longview, Texas; one granddaughter, Hannah Grace Mendez of De Queen; her mother, Virgie McPherson of De Queen; one sister, Debbie Stahlman and her husband Sid of De Queen; two brothers, Phillip Downs and his wife Karen of De Queen, and Steven Downs of De Queen; son-in-law, Jose Mendez of Bentonville; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Tammy Simmons will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 6, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Saturday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Barbara Jean Chewning

Mrs. Barbara Jean Penney Chewning, age 81, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, May 28, 2021 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 9, 1939 in Falls Chapel, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of Winthrop Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and church activities.

Mrs. Chewning was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mae Spicer Penney; her husband, Willie Olen Chewning; and a sister, Dixie Daris Penney.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad and Sandy Chewning of Haworth, OK and Robert Chewning of Foreman; four grandchildren, Brandy Chewning, Amanda Chewning, Erin Chewning and Sherry Pitt; one brother and sister-in-law, William Roy and Annette Penney of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Chewning will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in the Winthrop Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1st at the funeral home

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

Maxine Henry Frint

Maxine Henry Frint, age 96, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Friday, May 28, 2021 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born April 13, 1925 in Golden, Oklahoma. Mrs. Frint worked for Wal-Mart for 16 years. She was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Frint was preceded in death by her parents, Reeder F. and Lydia Porter Henry; two children, Linda K. Frint and Paul Frint; one grand-daughter, Alisha Maxine Frint; four brothers, Isett Henry, Reese Henry, Midge Henry, Otis Henry; two sisters, Opal Matthews and Polly Kitchens.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sharron and Richard Slaton of Lockesburg; five grandchildren and their spouses, Sherry and Paul Myrick, Kay and Eugene Chandler, Carlee and Mike Shelton, Coy Frint and Brendon Frint; four great grandchildren, Jesse Chandler, David Chandler, Derek Chandler, Marlee Carver; great-great grandchildren, Gracie Chandler, Ian Chandler and Colton Chandler.

Graveside services for Mrs. Frint will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021, at Redmen Cemetery Pavilion in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Irene Adele Stephens Archer

Mrs. Irene Adele Stephens Archer, age 93, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 peacefully at her home.

She was born on March 12, 1928 in Provo, Arkansas. Mrs. Archer was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of De Queen where she was an adult Sunday teacher. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and loved her family dearly. She was the owner of Western Auto in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Ora Thursa Diggs Stephens and her husband, Ruel Pat Archer; one son-in-law, Norley F. Bickley, III and one brother, J.C. Stephens.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Archer of De Queen, one daughter, Deborah Bickley of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses’, Meredith Archer of Plano, TX, Mark and Nikki Archer of Conway, AR, Natalie and David Dickey of Arlington, TX, Neida Adele and Paul Griffin of Yellville, AR; seven great-grandchildren, Carter and Austin Archer, Kirstyn Adele and James Dickey, Logan Griffin and fiancé Gail of Victoria, TX, Bryton and Katelyn Irene Griffin and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Archer will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Josh Herweck officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 30th at the funeral home Chapel in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 713 De Queen, Arkansas 71832 or First Baptist Church of De Queen, 1535 W. Collin Ray Drive. De Queen, AR 71832.

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

 

 

Johnnie Fay Hoffman

Mrs. Johnnie Fay Hoffman, age 63, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died on May 24, 2021 at her home.

She was born on June 2, 1957 in Dallas, Texas. She loved nature; she enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids and her partner, Reese Warden.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Kenneth Tucker.

She is survived by her mother Sandra Tucker Pounder of Mexia, TX; two daughters, Tammy Hoffman of Horatio and Tracey Conatser and Nick of Horatio; grandkids, Kenneth and Sierra Hoffman, Jaden Glover, Dakota Glover, Connor Hoffman, Elizabeth Hoffman, Maddison Stubbs; one great granddaughter, Blakely Hoffman and one brother, Robert Tucker of Texas.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-8p.m., Thursday, May 27th at the funeral home Chapel in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Sharon Gale Williams Pigeon

Mrs. Sharon Gale Williams Pigeon, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt Pleasant, Texas.

She was born March 25, 1957 in Lubbock, Texas. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family especially her grandkids. Mrs. Pigeon taught school in the De Queen School system for 30 years and was principal of De Queen Primary. She loved her school family and was a member of First Christian Church.

Mrs. Pigeon was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Thomas, Sr. and Dorothy Margaret Grimes Williams.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Levi Pigeon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lacey and Brent Young of De Queen; Leigh Ann and Bo Frachiseur of Corpus Christie, TX; one sister and brother-in-law, Liz and Terrel Gore of Kankakee, IL; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Kelly Williams of De Queen; four grandchildren, Bradi Young, Presli Young, Harper Young and Hank Young; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pigeon will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Frist Assembly of God in De Queen with Micah Martin and Bradi Young officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m., Friday, May 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Margaret Janet Caughie Williams

Margaret Janet Caughie Williams, (Maggie), aged 95, formerly of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life in the early morning hours of May 16, 2021. Maggie was born June 7, 1925 to Samuel Oliver and Florence Emily (Oldfield) Caughie in York, England. Maggie graduated from Queen Anne preparatory school in York in the spring of 1943. In July 1943, Maggie married Selby James (Ted) Day of South Orange, New Jersey in York. Ted was stationed near York serving with the Royal Air Force, flying Lancaster bombers. Ted passed in the summer of 1944, due to complications from injuries suffered flying bombing raids over Germany. At the behest of her Mother-in-Law, Maggie crossed the Atlantic in November of 1944, attended Secretarial School and settled in New York City. Maggie worked as a secretary for CBS, the advertising agency of Cunningham and Walsh and lastly in New York, as the personal assistant for Ms. Faye Emerson. While in New York, Maggie met A.O. (Cotton) Williams of De Queen, who was at the time a Special Agent with the FBI, working out of the Manhattan field office. Maggie and Cotton married in September of 1952 in De Queen. In 1954, Maggie and Cotton moved to Little Rock to start a family, after realizing that New York was not a good place to raise children. Maggie worked in Little Rock as a secretary for Herbert (Boots) Coleman of Coleman Dairy and subsequently for C.J. Jacuzzi of Jacuzzi Brothers. In April of 1964, the family moved to De Queen, where Maggie worked as a bookkeeper for the De Queen Bee Company and later as a secretary for attorney Jim Bob Steele in Nashville, Arkansas. Maggie Retired in 1991. In 2001, Maggie moved to Marion, Arkansas to be close to family.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Nyn, Mildred (Mickey), Gladys, Evelyn and Ann. Maggie is survived by one son, Alan Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, one granddaughter, Catelyn (Matt) Chadwick of Sheridan, Arkansas, one grandson, Adam Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, and one great granddaughter Maggie Jo Chadwick of Sheridan. One brother, Malcolm Caughie of Finley, England one sister, Helen Castle of Melbourne, Australia and a number of nieces and nephews in England and Australia.

A memorial visitation is scheduled on May 29, 2021 between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements provided by Wilkerson Funeral Home of De Queen.

 

 

Margie Jackson

Mrs. Margie Levina Mickle Jackson, age 82, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in De Queen. 

The obituary and Memorial Services are pending at this time and will be announced by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Linda Brazile

Mrs. Linda Ann Penney Brazile, 81, died Saturday, May 22, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.

Linda Ann (aka Big Mama) was born July 15, 1939 in De Queen, AR to E.T. and Angeline Hopson Penney. She resided in Amarillo most of her life. Linda Ann married Harold Brazile on June 8, 1957. Together they owned and operated Harold’s Lil Meat Market in 1964 and later, Harold’s Farmers Market on 1308 S. Grand St. until they gave the reins over to their son, Lyndon. Linda also helped Harold to establish and run HFM Trucking Co.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are sons, Lyndon Brazile and wife, Tracy of Amarillo and Steve Brazile and wife, Lorraine of St. Louis, MO; daughter, Kim Benson and husband, Tim of Amarillo; sister, Marian Chandler of De Queen, AR; “Big Mama” to her five grandchildren, McKenzie Lawson, Magen Brazile, J.D. Benson, Emerson Brazile, Camden Brazile and Addison Brazile; and one very special great-grandchild, Macee Brazile.

She loved her grandchildren and was an active participant in helping raise them; her recipes and memories of spending time cooking with her are cherished by her family.

Special thanks to Dr. Bart Britten, Dr. Janet Scwartzenburg, ADC Pharmacy and Open Heart Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to their favorite charity in Linda’s name.

Online condolences may be shared at www.schoolerfuneralhome.com or www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Hercel Bernell Cox, Sr.

Hercel Bernell Cox, Sr., died May 23, 2021 at Howard Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of the Dierks Health and Rehab.

Hercel (H.B.) was born January 22, 1921, to Horace C. Cox and Mary Pearl Graves Cox. He was the first of their four children; Vaughn, Lloyd, and Dean Cox Cody. He was a life long resident of Green’s Chapel Community, Dierks, Arkansas.

H.B. was a 1940 graduate of Lockesburg High School. Upon his entry in the U.S. Army in 1942, he became a Private First Class Military Policeman until his tour of duty was completed in 1946. While stationed in Illinois, H.B. met Margaret Lucille Geiger and married her in 1945. After returning to civilian life, the couple moved to Green’s Chapel Community where their first child, Hercel B. Cox, Jr. was born on April 4, 1947.

H.B. worked for Dierks Lumber and Weyerhaeuser until his retirement after 35 years of employment as a millwright. H.B. was a member of Green’s Chapel Methodist Church and a former President of the Green’s Chapel Cemetery Committee.

H.B.’s parents Horace and Pearl Cox, brothers Lloyd and Vaughn Cox predeceased him. He leaves behind his son, Hercel Cox, Jr. and wife LaQuita, grandson Paul and wife Kristi, great-granddaughter Addison Louise Cox, sister Dean Cody, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for H.B. will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Green’s Chapel Methodist Church with Jerry Cox officiating and the Pastor Carroll Jackson presiding. Burial to follow in Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time, Tuesday, May 25th at the church.

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

 

 

Mrs. Maxine Stark

Mrs. Mary Rebecca “Maxine” Cunningham Stark, age 71, of Gillham, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Gillham.

Maxine was born the third of seven children to James Grant and Norma Dean Scott Cunningham on May 5, 1950, in Mena, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, James Thomas Stark, on February 14, 1970, in Gillham, and to this union, two sons and two daughters were born. Maxine and Tommy attended church at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God, and she enjoyed fishing, gardening, yardwork, antique shopping, and baking pies for her family, but most of all she cherished the time she spent caring for and loving her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ernie Cunningham; and one sister, Penny Wax.

Those left to cherish her many memories include her husband of over 51 years, Tommy Stark of Gillham; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Tamara Stark of De Queen, and Rodney and Aimee Stark of Wickes; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberley and Jessie Vaughn, Jr. of Gillham, and Brandy and Jason Gore also of Gillham; eleven grandchildren, Brooke Scott, James Stark, Megan Stark, Hailey Carter, Grant Stark, Caitlyn Carter, Eli Stark, Rebecca Vaughn, Braelynn Vaughn, Garrett Gore, and Hannah Stark; one brother, Jim Cunningham of Waldron; three sisters, Thelma Thompkins and Maggie Stark, both of Waldron, and Aggie (Glen) Parnell of Mena; as well as, nieces, nephews, her loving church family, and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maxine Stark will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 24, 2021 at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Bro. Chris Burke officiating. Cremation will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Gary Dean Bell

Gary Dean Bell, 67, passed from this life on May 16, 2021, after a long illness. He was born in De Queen, AR, on November 6, 1953, to Melvin Dean Bell and Gladys Flora Edna Fears Bell. He graduated from De Queen High in 1972 and attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1976 with a BSE in zoology. Gary was hired by State Farm Insurance in January, 1977, becoming the youngest agent ever hired by the company. He started a scratch agency in Ashdown, AR, and transferred to his father’s agency in De Queen when ill health forced his dad to retire. Gary retired from State Farm in January of 2015 after 39 years of service.

Gary loved to hunt and fish, travel, spend time at the LRCC rock bar, visit with family and friends, and spend as much time as possible with his grandchildren. He was an active member of the community, having served on the board of directors of First State Bank, and he was an active member of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Gary was very involved in De Queen Leopards sports. He headed many athletic fundraisers, donated time and money selflessly, raffled off stadium blankets at all home football games, served on the chain crew, and presented the state finals trophies sponsored by State Farm Insurance for AAA sports in Arkansas.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Anthony Scott Bell; and infant daughter, Victoria Renee Bell; and one niece, Cindy Lynne Williamson. He is survived by his wife, Paddy Dickinson Bell; one son, Richard Dean Bell and wife Brittney; a daughter, Valerie Bell Graham and husband Shane; five grandchildren; Lauren Jayne Graham, Samuel Anthony Graham, Maxon Clark Graham, Brody Dean Bell, and Breley Danielle Bell; two sisters and their spouses, Dianna and Kevin Williamson, and Sharon and Jimmy Cooper; and four nephews, Ronnie and Tiffany Williamson, of De Queen, and Teddy, Jack and Barry Klug, of Memphis, Tennessee.

Services for Mr. Bell will be held in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, with graveside services to follow at Redmen Cemetery. Bro. Josh Herweck will officiate.

The family will receive visitors at the Bell home following the service.

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

 

Tammie Lee Turner Ward

Tammie Lee Turner Ward, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, left this world on May 15th, 2021. She was born February 25th, 1962 and graduated from Dierks High School in 1981. Her hobbies included; spending time with her family, listening to gospel music, playing card games, listening to her granddaughters sing, and her grandsons talk about cars. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Dierks, AR. She held the Lord to the highest power and she loved her family very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coy Lee Turner and Mattie Lee Martin Turner Bradley and two brothers, Larry and Glenn Turner and her adopted son, Russell Hughes.

Tammie Lee Turner Ward is survived by her brother and sister in law Richard and Starr Turner of Rogers, AR; sister Becky Ward of Dierks, AR; sister, Joy Smith of Hot Springs, AR and best friend Wendell Ward of Dierks, AR. She has four children, Sylvia Ward, Jonathan Ward, Jacob and wife Crystal Ward of Lockesburg; Santana and husband Josh Klein of Dierks; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Ward will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the Fellowship Cemetery with Brad Sullivan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

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

 

Mack Orlian Cooley

Mack Orlian Cooley, age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born November 4, 1929 in Roy, Arkansas. He was a parts and sales manager for Crow Burlingame, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Cooley was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Bura Beatrice Stephens Cooley; and a brother, Matha Cooley.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Cherry Cooley; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Robin Cooley of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tim Anderson of Walkertown, North Carolina; two grandsons, Josh and Annie Cooley of De Queen and Jared and Alicia Cooley of Hot Springs; five great grandchildren, Reagan, Olivia, Evan, Katey and Luke; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Cooley will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

General viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

Lucy Cooper

Mrs. Lucy Logan Duncan Cooper, age 79, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, May 14, 2021 in De Queen.

She was born the oldest of two children to Walter Scott and Margaret Logan Howard Duncan on August 25, 1941 in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a 1959 graduate of Bryan Station High School, Lexington, Kentucky, and went on to obtain Food Tech Certificates, as well as completed several USDA studies courses. Lucy married the love of her life, Robert Mann Cooper, on July 23, 1959 in Lexington, and to this union, two sons and two daughters were born. She worked in different capacities over the years, some including Bookkeeping, Telephone Operations, and Tax Preparation. Lucy and Bob worked as USDA Food Inspectors. Lucy retired on November 28, 1998, after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Gillham United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, and National Active and Retired Federal Employees where she served as past Secretary and President. She enjoyed music, dancing, sewing, office work, preparing income taxes, working in the woods around their home, genealogy, and bowling. Lucy was most proud of the tree house she built over the Kentucky River in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of almost 61 years, Bob Cooper; and her granddaughter, Davida Cooper.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four children, Robert Cooper, Jr. and wife Estella of De Queen, John Cooper and his wife Cheryll of Seneca, South Carolina, Alesa Luna and her fiancé Adam Pantoja of Amarillo, Texas and Julia Marfut and husband Mike of Bremerton, Washington; five grandchildren, Heather, Bobby, Bethany, Jenifer and Robert; eleven grandchildren, Savannah, Madison, Brielle, Norah, Hannah, Derek, Kira, Jordan, Nathan, Jeremy and Rachel; one great-great-grandson, Leander; one brother, Wayne Scott Duncan and his wife Jenifer of Lexington, Kentucky; as well as, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucy Cooper will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Leah Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 21st, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Larry Duane Murray

From the Family: 

Larry D. Murray

10/10/1954-5/11/2021

Larry always said “I’ll be dead in 2 years anyway” and he was finally right!

He was loved by many and cursed by a few.

He had a huge heart, a bigger personality and was a very generous person, who will be sorely missed!

He is survived by family that isn’t dead yet.

~Sunshine

Cremation Arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Jim Worley

Mr. Jimmy Ray Worley, affectionately known as “Jim,” passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Nashville, Arkansas, at the age of 72.

He was born one of nine children born to Robert Claburne and Opal Ruth Cushionberry Worley on March 17, 1949 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a 1969 graduate of Nashville High School and went on to obtain technical certificates. Jim married the love of his life, Kathy Elizabeth Halter, on April 11, 1969, in De Queen, and to this union, four daughters were born. Jim was a Locomotive Mechanic, beginning his career with Weyerhaeuser Company and retiring from De Queen and Eastern/Texas Oklahoma and Eastern Railroad. Jim and Kathy are members of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen, and Jim was a proud, 20 plus year member of the Worley-Self Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, running dogs, was an avid Razorbacks fan and he cherished his many years coaching girls’ softball. Jim was a storyteller, and whether it was true or not, he never failed to impress. More than anything, Jim cherished the time spent with Kathy, their children, and grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Anthony Lance McCleskey, Jr.; one brother, Don Worley; two sisters, Helen Laveley and Doris Schuyler; and two infant siblings, Eugene and Mary Worley.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Jim include his loving wife of over 52 years, Kathy Worley of De Queen; four daughters, Amy Everts and husband Tony of De Queen, Julie Strickland of De Queen, Mary Beth King and husband Slade of Nashville, and Leslie McCleskey and husband Anthony of De Queen; nine grandchildren, CJ (Jessica) Tugman, Katie Mullins, Haley Strickland, Jagger King, Jackson King, Cooper McCleskey, Kipton McCleskey, Rebecca (Jeremy) Brown, and Wendy Everts; ten great-grandchildren, Remington, Pasiley, Jadyn, Layla, Walker, Mason, Bentley, Gracelynn, Hailey, and Emery; two sisters, Sharon (Gary) Efird of Dierks, and Patricia Dyea of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one brother, Bobby (Mary) Worley of De Queen; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jim Worley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 14, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Bobby Fischer and Homer Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow at Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Ernest David Dellinger

Mr. Ernest David Dellinger, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Christus St. Michael Hospital.

He was born March 8, 1950 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He retired from Domtar Papermill. Ernest enjoyed fishing, hunting, and he always looked forward to the family coming in to hunt. He was a member of Coon Creek Hunting Club. He loved to collect knives, mow his lawn, and loved his dogs.

Mr. Dellinger was preceded in death by his parents Orus and Alice M. Smith Dellinger; two brothers, Buck and Dean Dellinger and one sister, Cora Lee Hoover.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Suzanne Marie Treadaway Dellinger of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Chasity Rose and Carl Wise of Shongaloo, Louisiana; one son, John Wesley of Lockesburg; grandchildren, Chip and wife BreAnna Bridges, Jonathan Dellinger, Michael Dellinger, Alexandra and husband Miguel Alvarez, McKenna Gryder, Audrey Wise; great grand-child, Faryn Grace Bridges; one brother and best friend, Will Ed Dellinger and wife Linda; one sister, Ruby Sue and husband Willie Booth and a host of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral home.

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

Pauline McCullough

Pauline McCullough was born in Murfreesboro, Arkansas attended schools in Arkadelphia, and graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1946. Thereafter, she attended one year of college at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia. In 1950 she married J.D. McCullough of Dierks, Arkansas. Together, they had two children, Rick and Sandra. The family lived many years in Gary, Indiana, all the while longing to come back to Arkansas. In about 1981, J.D. retired and they did indeed move back to Arkansas and started building their retirement home close to Greeson Lake near Newhope, Arkansas. After J.D.’s untimely death in 1993, she continued to live with her daughter, Sandra, in the house that she and J.D. built and lived there until shortly before her death.

She was a faithful, active member of The Church of Christ in Daisy, Arkansas, and had many friends from that congregation. She was the most kind-hearted, generous and welcoming person you could ever meet.

Survivors include: her daughter, Sandra, her daughter-in-law Kim McCullough, her four grandchildren, one great grand-daughter and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all six of her siblings, her husband J.D. and her son, Rick.

She now walks the streets of gold in God’s glory and is at peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services for Mrs. McCollough will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Walt Mizell, Barry Lindstrom, Mike Haggard and Kim McCullough officiating. Burial will follow in the Biggs Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 14th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez

El Sr. Juan Carlos González Hernández, de 40 años, residente de Horatio, Arkansas, murió el domingo 9 de mayo de 2021 en su casa.

Nació el 18 de mayo de 1980 en D.F., México. Fue miembro de la Iglesia Puerta de Ezperanza Broken Bow, Oklahoma y agricultor. Le gustaba jugar con su hija, ir a la iglesia, hacer ejercicio, correr con perros y comer mucho.

El Sr. González fue precedido en la muerte por sus padres, Luis González Rojo y Nicolása Hernández Ramírez.

Le sobreviven su esposa Yesenia Cuevas; tres hijas, Nicole González Cuevas, Arianna Cuevas y Miriam Cuevas; dos hermanos, Israel González, José Luis González y Marisol González y varias sobrinas y sobrinos y amigos especiales.

Los servicios funerarios del Sr. González se llevarán a cabo a la 1:00 p.m., miércoles 12 de mayo de 2021 en la capilla de la funeraria Wilkerson con el pastor Nessler Zaragoza oficiando. Seguirá el entierro en el cementerio Horatio.

La visualización se llevará a cabo de 5 a 8 p.m., el lunes 10 de mayo de 2021 y el martes 11 de mayo de 2021 de 8 a 8 p.m. en la funeraria.

Usen una mascarilla y practiquen el distanciamiento social por seguridad.

Puede dejar un pésame en línea en www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez, age 40, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born May 18,1980 in D.F., Mexico. He was a member of Puerta de Ezperanza Church Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a farmer. He enjoyed playing with his daughter, going to church, exercising, running with dogs and eating a lot.

Mr. Gonzalez was preceded in death by his parents, Luis Gonzalez Rojo and Nicolasa Hernandez Ramirez.

He is survived by his wife Yesenia Cuevas; three daughters, Nicole Gonzalez Cuevas, Arianna Cuevas and Miriam Cuevas; two brothers, Israel Gonzalez, Jose Luis Gonzalez and Marisol Gonzalez and a number of nieces and nephews and special friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Gonzalez will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nessler Zaragoza officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

Viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m., Monday, May 10, 2021 and Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 8-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing for safety.

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

 

 

Alan Derington

Mr. Alan Derington, age 55, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born February 1, 1966 in De Queen, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Derington was preceded in death by his parents Bobbie D. and Josephine Annie Austin Derington; grandparents, Walter and Erma Austin and Faye Derington and Myrtle Hamilton and two sisters, Patricia Sowell and Cynthia Lang.

He is survived by one sister, Sheri Derington and one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Cindy Derington, one niece Kayla Maturino, three nephews, Jay Jay Ward, Bobbie Ward, Colton and wife Logan; five great nieces and nephews Efrain Maturino, Sophia Maturino, Cash Ward, Bella Ward and Axel Ward.

Graveside services for Mr. Derington will be held at 3:00p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Sweet Home Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Paul Covington

Mr. Paul Howard Covington, Sr., age 82, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, April 30, 2021, at his home with his loving family by his side.

Paul was born the second of three children to the union of Richard Marvin and Pauline Payton Covington on September 8, 1938 in Ruston, Louisiana. He was a 1956 graduate of Ruston High School and went on to receive a Forestry degree from Louisiana Tech University, graduating in 1961. Paul married the love of his life, Judith Zachry, on March 28, 1959, in Ruston, and to this marriage, three children were born. Paul and Judy are members of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen, and Paul was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He enjoyed hunting, fishing, remote control airplanes, traveling, genealogy, and giving names to various animals that came around the house, but most of all, Paul cherished the time spent with Judy, their children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Payton Russ Covington.

Those left to cherish the many memories of Paul include his loving wife of over 62 years, Judy Covington of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Emily Covington of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Alan and Michele Covington of Russellville, Arkansas; one daughter, Sandra Covington of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Sara Beth (Kyle) Eubanks of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Payton Paul Covington of Farmington, Arkansas, Zachry Sawyer (Christina) Rentfro of Russellville, Arkansas, Rachel LeeAnn Covington of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Cole, Luke, and Anna Covington, all of Russellville, Arkansas; one great-grandchild, Jude David Eubanks of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one brother, Van Wesley Covington and his wife Judy of Brandon, Mississippi; as well as, his favorite puppy Molly, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Covington will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ruston, Louisiana, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends following the funeral service, Tuesday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Judy and family wish to express their deepest appreciation to Ashley McClendon for her generous and graceful care and love given to Mr. Paul over the past years.

In lieu of floral offerings, the family request that memorials be made to Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 527, De Queen, Arkansas 71832, or the Arkansas Kidney Association, 1818 N. Taylor Street #186, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207, in memory of Mr. Paul Covington.

 

 

 

Mrs. Reta Bradley

Mrs. Reta Jo Ann Adams Bradley, age 66, resident of De Queen, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

Mrs. Bradley was one of four children born to J.E. and Mable Elizabeth Smith Adams on March 31, 1955 in Lewisville, Arkansas. She was a 1973 graduate of Blevins High School and was a Licensed Practical Nurse. Reta formerly worked at the garment plant in Nashville, the bank in Blevins, and Diamond Bank in De Queen. She married the love of her life, Garth Edwin Bradley, Sr., on January 1, 1984. She and Edwin are members of the De Queen Church of Christ and Reta was a member of several quilting and sewing clubs. She enjoyed crafts, fishing with Edwin, canning, her animals, and hummingbirds, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family and dear friends.

Reta believed in loving and helping others. She faithfully donated to Locks of Love when she could.

Reta was preceded in death by her father, J.E. Adams, and her brother-in-law, David Smith.

Those left to cherish her loving memory include her husband of over 37 years, Edwin Bradley, Sr. of De Queen; two sons and one daughter-in-law, JR Bradley and Steven (Paula) Bradley, all of Mena; one daughter, Beverly Ann Chambers of Mena; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; her mother, Mabel Adams of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Nancy Adams of De Queen, and Willie and Geanetta Adams of De Queen; one sister, Susan Smith of De Queen; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Reta Bradley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, May 3, 2021, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers, Minister, officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jacqueline Marie Burke-Andres

Jacqueline Marie Burke-Andres age73, a resident of Hot Springs, AR, died Friday, April 23, 2021 at CHI St.Vincent. She was born December 11,1947 in Talihina, Oklahoma to Ennis Burke and Etta Mae Walker- Burke.She was a Baptist and worked as a CNA and home health nurse.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ennis Burke; her mother, Etta Mae Burke; her son, Michael Jones; her brother, Douglas Burke; and her sisters Hellen Allen and Patricia Stafford.

She is survived by her three daughters, Patti Driver of DeQueen, AR. Bille Renee Quattlebaum of Hot Springs, AR, and Carmie Gillis of Nashville, Ar. One sister, Barbara Mitchell of Idabel, OK. Her ten grandchildren, and a number of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation Arrangements Entrusted to Arkansas Cremation. www.ArkansasCremation.com.

 

Robert Lynn “Bobby” Story

Mr. Robert Lynn “Bobby” Story, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 23, 2021 at his home.

He was born February 15, 1952 in De Queen, Arkansas. Bobby loved his family and grandkids; he enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved wood working. He was a Baptist. He was a line manager for Tyson.

Mr. Story was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie Rhea Story; his parents, Houston B. and Rose Bell Parrish Story and fourteen brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Tina Rhea Bailey of De Queen and Catherine Lynn and Jimmy Eastman of De Queen; grandchildren, Dustin Story, LaTosha Story, Kimberly and Jacob White, Dakota Eastman, Hannah Eastman and Shawn Eastman; two great grandchildren, Alijah Story and Paislynn Stinson and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private service was held.

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

 

Nelda Geraldine Saucedo

Nelda Geraldine Saucedo was born January 20, 1941 in Lockesburg, Arkansas to Richard Herbert Barnes and Elenor Willie Cox Barnes. Nelda gave her life to the Lord lead by Rev. Ryman Wilson at Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg at the age of 12.

She attended nursing school at West Community Hospital and graduated in 1979. She worked at the Waco Veterans Administration Hospital and then moved to Seattle working for the VA Hospital there for 20 years. She and her husband, Jose Saucedo retired and moved back to Waco in July 2020. Nelda loved her dogs Cowboy and Patsy. She also enjoyed old movies and any watching Chuck Norris, The Lone Ranger and Steven Segal. She was interested in Gemology and growing house plants. Nelda was known for her love of celebrating holidays with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Nelda is survived by her husband, Jose Saucedo; her daughters, Mary Ann Rocha, Linda Penix and her son, Douglas Gross; many grandchilden; and many great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Nelda Saucedo will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, May 3, 2021 in the Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco, Texas 76708, with Pastor Richard Fendly officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 A.M., until service time, Monday, at Lake Shore Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at New Bethel Cemetery near De Queen, under the direction of Lake Shore and Chandler Funeral Homes. You may send an online sympathy message at www.lakeshorefuneralhome.com or www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Stephen Otho Lites

Mr. Stephen Otho Lites, age 74, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born April 18, 1947 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mr. Lites was a welder and a maintenance planner for GP. He retired from Georgia Pacific Ashdown paper mill. He graduated in 1965 from Dierks High School. He was a Justice of the Peace, served on the Dierks City Council, original member of Dierks Jaycees, having served all positions, was Vice President of Arkansas State Jaycees and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Lites was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell Otho and Selma Jean Sivley Lites.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Lites; one son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Tammy Lites; grandchildren, Caitlin and husband Michael Collins, Cody Lites; and one great- granddaughter, Paisley Grace.

Funeral services for Mr. Lites will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Dierks Church of Christ with Michael Collins, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m., Thursday, April 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Robert F. Helms

November 19, 2020, Robert F. Helms Sr. of Gillham realized his desire to be reunited with his bride of more than 77 years: Hazel.

Better known as “Bobby” he was 97 years old and lived a good and very active life. His often-stated greatest passion was his love for his wife. They were simply inseparable. When Hazel died in 2017, Bobby insisted there was no need for an elaborate service; he would be along shortly, and then it could be a grand affair.

Their love affair began at an early age. In fact, he was too young (age 15) to marry when they eloped to a justice of the peace. He “forged” his birthdate on the marriage license application to allow the ceremony to take place.

He and Hazel would spend the next 77+ years together raising five children and running a large-scale poultry and cattle farm. They were life-long, active members of the King, De Queen and Ashdown Churches of Christ. Both Bobby and Hazel loved the church and the people of the church.

Bobby and Hazel also were intrepid travelers. They managed to travel to all contiguous U.S. states and Alaska in their motor home. The Alaska journey was along the then all-mud and gravel Alaskan Highway–with Hazel at the wheel! They were members of the Good Sam’s Club and enjoyed camping and socializing with club members on nearby lakes.

Bobby and Hazel enjoyed and appreciated Sevier County’s recognition of senior citizens on Senior Day. They were recognized as the County’s longest married couple three times.

Bobby was preceded in death by his wife Hazel, a daughter, Sharon Inez Helms, and a son, Joe David Helms. Survivors include two sons, Robert Helms II of North Carolina & Don Helms of Sandpoint, Idaho, one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Don Gilbert of Maumelle, Ark. and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Robert Helms II officiating. Interment for Bobby and Hazel will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

Hazel and Bobby are now united in eternity.

 

 

 

Carolyn Elizabeth “Twinkle” Slay King

Carolyn Elizabeth “Twinkle” Slay King peacefully left her earthy life on Saturday April 24, 2021. Carolyn was born in Houston, Texas on March 7, 1954, to Ila Ryan Slay and John Archie Slay.

In Carolyn’s childhood and youth, she attended and was baptized at Park Memorial Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. As a teenager she became a member of the Houston Spinnerettes, which at that time were the Ambassadors of Houston, greeting people at the airport, marching in parades, as well as, conducting fund raising projects throughout Houston. At a young age Carolyn became “Twinkle” to her family and close friends. She and her sister Kathryn were “Tweedle and Twinkle”, which made for some hilarious and interesting stories. Twinkle loved the beach, ocean and enjoyed collecting seashells. On her trips back to visit her sister Tweedle, she would often bring her some seashells she had collected from the California coast. Twinkle enjoyed singing the songs from the movie, “The sound of music”. She would spend hours listening and singing to the vinyl record until she wore it out. As a teenager, growing up during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the spark of adventure led her to meet her husband Paul Terry King, who was a musician. Together they traveled to many destinations throughout the United States. In time they had five children, which became Carolyn’s entire world. Carolyn did not have a selfish bone in her body, if she did, it was exceedingly small. She was very caring and self-sacrificing all her life, always putting others needs above her own, but she would not have wanted it any other way. Carolyn became a widow when her husband passed away in 2013.

Carolyn leaves behind her precious children, Erica Jean Azar and husband Robert of Houston, Texas, Shayla Lux Autrey and husband Grant of Morgan City, Louisiana, Leslie Faye King of Hope, Arkansas, Jamie Renee King of Malvern, Arkansas, and Paul Terry King Jr. of San Diego, California; ten grandkids, Christopher “Cordell” King and wife Hannah of De Queen, Arkansas, Sara and Robbie Azar of Houston, Texas, Dakota Lux of Morgan City, Louisiana, Lillian, Rose, and Jude Autrey of Morgan City, Louisiana, and Nathaniel, Hunter and Abby King of De Queen, Arkansas.

Even though Twinkle never returned to live in Houston, she is leaving several family members, friends, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Houston/Paris area, of which are Kathryn “Tweedle” Slay Jones, of Willis, Texas, Sharon Price of Paris, Texas, John Slay of Houston, and Brian Jones of The Woodlands, Texas. Twinkle has just left this earthly life for her journey to be in God’s heavenly kingdom. For as it is written in God’s word in John 11:25-26, Jesus said to her {Martha} “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” May God bless Carolyn’s soul.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn King will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ann Holley officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Bobby Joe Farley, Sr.

Mr. Bobby Joe Farley, Sr. age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 17, 1936 in Dierks, Arkansas. Bobby was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 39 years as a supply clerk. He raised game chickens and liked to raise flowers and hunting.

Mr. Farley was preceded in death by his parents Embra and Mildred Efird Farley and one brother, Charles Farley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Bernice Nabors Farley; one son, Joey Farley of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, Roy Carl Farley and wife Omagene of Fayetteville, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Farley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Dierks Church of Christ with Terry Martin and Kevin Harrington officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-7p.m., Friday, April 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Zona Winell “Nell” Wilson

Mrs. Zona Winell “Nell” Barto Wilson, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her home.

She was born February 28, 1931 in Sugar Hill, Texas. She was a water department clerk for the City of De Queen, switchboard operator and disk jockey for KDQN. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Texarkana, Texas and attended First Assembly of God Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Opal Otsy Haren Barto and her husband, Jim Wilson.

She is survived by her significant other for over 20 years, Bob Kellums; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Cherie Wilson; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Bobby Harrison of Argyle, Texas; a special friend, Debi Coleman of Anaheim, California; one sister, Wilma Gentle of Hope, Arkansas; one brother, Jerry Barto of Lewisville, Texas; five grandchildren, thirteen great- grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at First Assembly of God Church in De Queen with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Brother Ron Drye officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, 826 N. Kings Hwy, Wake Village, Texas 75501 under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5-7p.m., Thursday, April 22th at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

 

 

 

Thomas Earl Sims

Mr. Thomas Earl Sims, ninety-one years of age, passed from this life on  April 14, 2021 at his son’s home in De Queen, Arkansas.  He was born June 4, 1929 to Homer and Maude Sims, of Dallas, Texas. Tom was a proud Navy Veteran and could tell some stories. He loved history and reading. Before his wife’s death, they enjoyed RVing in the West. He delighted in grandkids and great grandkids. He cheered on the Dallas Cowboys and always enjoyed watching football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hazel Joyce who he shared sixty-four years with, daughter Deborah Campbell, two sisters, Evenlyn Austin and Velma Davis.

Left to cherish his memory, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Glenda Sims of De Queen, Arkansas, his sister, Thema Green of Pantego, Texas, his grandchildren,  Jeremy, Brandon (Crystal) and Justin (Rena) of De Queen, Arkansas, Amanda Barton (Carl) of Stow, Ohio, Matt Campbell of Colorado Springs,  Colorado and Danielle Campbell of London UK.  Along with eight great-grandchildren, Dakota, Logan, Blake, Penelope, JD, Landry, Jakob, and Annaliese. And let us not forget his ever-present chihuahua, Coco, whom he loved so.

Services will be Tuesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Mrs. Betty Lutz

Mrs. Betty Marie Mangold Lutz, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her home.

Betty was born December 10, 1934 in De Queen, Arkansas to Earl and Marie Mangold. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas McKinley Lutz; her father, Earl Mangold; her mother, Marie Mangold; brothers, Floyd Walker and M.E. Walker; and her sister, Elizabeth Hoover.

She leaves behind to cherish her loving memory, her daughter, Melissa Marie Lutz, and her son, Mark Mangold Lutz, both of De Queen; one grandson, Garrett Lutz of Texas; and a number of nieces, and nephews. She also leaves her cherished brothers and sisters of the De Queen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Betty faithfully served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses since her baptism in Texas in 1957. She loved and cherished her Christian ministry. She loved teaching others about the Bible and how God’s Kingdom is the true solution to all mankind’s problems.

Betty supported her husband in his foreign service career assignments around the world. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. She was a gourmet cook and led various international cooking groups overseas. She worked as a medical assistant for years. She was an accomplished artist and loved sharing her talent with others, especially young ones. She had an incredible love for animals and cherished each and every one.

Those closest to Betty describe her as the most loving and generous person ever. She is the greatest mother, wife, and friend a person could ever hope to have.

Services for Mrs. Betty Lutz will be held via Zoom at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 24, 2021, with Jerry Brazeal officiating. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

If you wish to join the virtual Zoom service, you will need the following credentials:
ID: 834 1485 0945
Passcode: 140245

 

Billy Ray Tallant

Billy Ray Tallant, age 54, a resident of Line Road, Haworth, OK, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born July 31, 1966 in Oklahoma City, OK, to Ronald and Linda Tunnell Tallant. Billy Ray was a mechanic, carpenter, and a man of many talents.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Carol Wise Tallant; two sons, Garlon James Swistok and Travis John Swistok both of Simms, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Tammy Tallant of Arkinda, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Gina and Jesse Tucker of Ashdown, AR and Jenifer Bearden and Billy Steiner, Jr. of Foreman, Arkansas; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and several special nieces and nephews that he loved like his own children.

Graveside funeral services for Billy Ray will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends 2:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

 

Roger H. Click

Rodger H. Click, 91 of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away Saturday April 10, 2021. He was born on April 1, 1930 in Winthrop, the oldest child of Loma and Dick Click. Rod graduated from Winthrop High School and from there went to college at Magnolia A&M for two years. He then graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954 with a degree in Agriculture. While attending college he married Wanda Sorrels. During his high school years he delivered ice and helped his grandmother milk cows each morning for shipment. After college he worked as an instructor teaching farming skills to veterans. He then took a position at Winthrop school as an agriculture and science teacher for 22 years. Afterwards, he established Click Pulpwood in Winthrop where he bought pulpwood for International Paper Company. He also raised cattle until the age of 89.
Rod and Wanda enjoyed raising three children and he also loved spending time with his four grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid sports fan, baseball being his favorite. He and friends would catch the train in Winthrop and ride to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play. As a young man he and others would play baseball on Sunday afternoons. He and Wanda would often take their children to watch professional baseball games. Opening day this year was on his birthday and he was in his recliner ready when it came on. He was an Arkansas Razorback fan of all sports.

He is predeceased by his wife, Wanda, son, Rodger D. Click and nephew, Randy Murry. He is survived by two daughters and one son-in -law Pam Click and Melanie and Mickey Buchanan; four grandchildren, Courtney Click (Sarah) and Carly Stanley (Garrett), Dylan Buchanan, and Ty Buchanan; and four great-grandchildren, Madison Click, Emmy Click, Mia Stanley and Garrison Stanley. He is also survived by five siblings Dr. Mary Ellen Jenkins (Bobby), Steve Click, Sharon Oglesby (Darrel), Donna Murry (Jimmy), and Charlie Click (Anita). Pallbearers are his nephews and nieces John Jenkins, Stephen Jenkins, Stephanie Roberson, Becky Nelson, Stephen Click, Jim Murry, Clark Murry, Craig Click and Jason Click.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winthrop School Restoration and Campground Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the funeral home. Funeral Services for Mr. Click will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 in the Winthrop First Baptist Church with Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop.

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

 

 

Walter Dewitt Seale

Walter Dewitt Seale, age 75, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Springdale, Arkansas.

He was born April 27, 1945 in Mena, Arkansas. He was Purchasing Manager for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, and was an avid Razorback fan. He was always willing to help anyone and was loved by many. Mr. Seale was a Deacon of First Baptist Church of Dierks.

Dewitt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Benjamin and Ruby Pearl Spurling Seale; two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon Phillips Seale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Dr. Lindsey Seale of Springdale, AR; Shaun and Amy Seale of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Craig Stout of West Fork, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Neil Connor of Quitman, Texas; six grandchildren, Alexandra Seale, Grayson Seale, Savannah Lippincott and husband Tyler, Cameron Stout, Peyton Stout, Logan Stout and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Seale will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Craig Chambers and Fred Wetzel officiating. Burial will be in Breashears Cemetery in Story, Arkansas.

General viewing for Mr. Seale will be held 4:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Donations may be made to the Building Fund at FBC, Dierks P.O. Box 438 Dierks, Arkansas 71833.

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

 

 

Rayford Alton Bowden

Rayford Alton Bowden, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 30, 1938 in Owassa, Alabama. He was a CPA and plant manager at Pilgrims Pride. He was active in the Salvation Army and was a member of Gideons international and a member of 1st Assembly of God Church in De Queen were he helped establish the Royal Rangers.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Fay Spence Bowden; his first wife, Lela Dozier Bowden; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Billy Wells; one brother, Howard Bowden and one grandson, Zachary Bowden.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bell Bowden; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Kristin Bowden of Hot Springs, Johnny and Sheri Hall of De Queen, one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Huey Gees of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; one brother, Jerry Bowden of Ohio; seven grandchildren, Brett, Jessica, Cheyenne Hall, Ryan and wife Ashlee, Aaron, Joshua Bowden and Landon Thweatt and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at the funeral home.

A graveside memorial service for Mr. Bowden will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Old Piney Cemetery with Ron Drye and Ryan Bowden officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Leroy Williams

Leroy Williams born February 2, 1962 to Reed and Nollies Broach Williams in Mena, Arkansas.

Leroy was a loved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He worked hard doing insulation work on power plants, traveling to different locations. When an accident in 2003 left him unable to work, he was able to enjoy watching birds flock to his feeders. He looked forward to Spring to get started gardening. He loved this, it was his passion. His gardens were full and beautiful and always bountiful enough to share quite a bit. He loved hunting and fishing too and family get togethers. He was family oriented and never hesitated if anyone needed him, he would drop what he was doing to help. He adored his two grandkids and took pride in teaching them a wide variety of handy ways to do things and his cute phrases he always said like, “papa got it.” He loved and cherished his wife Tammy for every minute of their 26 years. They had the phrase, “two mules pulling the same plow” and they worked thru to the end pulling the same plow. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray Williams, JL Williams, and Grover Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy; daughter, Nikki Odle; two grandkids, Ali and Jack; one brother, Joe Williams and wife Elaine; five sisters, Becky Sherrouse of Wickes, Arkansas, Mary and husband John Whitlow, Ruby and husband Edward, Billy Faye and husband John, and Betty and husband Jim Williamson. Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the West View Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Mary Ellen Morgan Gorman

Mrs. Mary Ellen Morgan Gorman, age 82, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, April 9, 2021 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

She was born January 13, 1939 in Saltillo, Texas. Mary was a homemaker and worked with her husband in logging. She enjoyed raking her yard, her dogs and baking tea cakes. She was a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ.

Mrs. Gorman was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph A. and Alberta Galloway Morgan; her husband of 41 years Charlie Everett “Ebb” Gorman; one brother, Billy Joe Morgan; three sisters, Betty Kennedy, Effie Rogers and Judy Davis.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Edward Gorman and Jacki of Foreman, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Lavonne Ward of Winthrop and Nora Alberta and Guy Blair of Witts Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Jan Davis of Foreman; one brother, Curtis Morgan, of Pittsburg, Texas; six grandchildren, Marla D. Ward, Wyatt L. Ward, Ashley D. Ward Bell, Sara Stewart, Mahala Gorman and Charlie Gorman; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gorman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Campground Cemetery Pavilion with James McRae officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Campground Cemetery fund, P.O. Box 308, Winthrop, AR 71866.

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

 

Craig Lawrence Gaylord

Mr. Craig Lawrence Gaylord, age 64, resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born the second of four sons to the union of Donald Warren and Marilyn Ann David Gaylord on December 17, 1956 in Lancaster, California. Prior to retirement, Craig worked in Maintenance for Tyson Foods and formerly for Lockheed Martin. He enjoyed working on vehicles, hunting, floating the river, and being outdoors, but most of all, he cherished the time spent riding motorcycles and with his family.

He was preceded in death by mother, Marilyn Gaylord.

Craig leaves to cherish his loving memory, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jeremiah and Mandy Gaylord of Taft, California, Jason Gaylord of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Jasiah and Blayze Gaylord of Fellows, California; seven grandchildren, Peyton, Paige, Kaison, Jasara, Kailee, Cyris, and Zillah; his father, Donald Gaylord of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers, Mike Gaylord of Horatio, Brian Gaylord and wife Tonya of Pensacola, Florida, and David Gaylord and wife Tonya of Horatio, Arkansas; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later time. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Helen Long

Mrs. Helen Joyce Craig Long, age 91, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at her home with family by her side.

Helen was born the youngest of ten children to Henry Mack and Grace Augusta Miller Craig on Tuesday, February 18, 1930 in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Edwin Long, on December 24, 1948 in De Queen, and to this union, two daughters were born. Helen was a graduate of the De Queen High School and went on to receive a master’s degree in Science from the Oklahoma City University. She faithfully served thirty years as an Educator with the Oklahoma City Public Schools. After retirement, she returned to De Queen to serve an additional five years as an Educator for the De Queen Public Schools. She and Edwin were members of the First United Methodist Church and Helen enjoyed cooking, gardening and reading, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Grace Craig; her loving husband of over 55 years, Edwin Long; and her siblings, Jewel Ward, H.M. Craig, Lucille Whitley, Blanche Willoughby, Chester Craig, Roy Craig, Clovis “Cody” Craig, Oliver Craig, and an infant sibling.

Those left to cherish her precious memory include two daughters and a son-in-law, Cynthia Long of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Sheryl and Jim Hatcher of Double Oak, Texas; five grandchildren, Craig Buzbee and his fiancé Terry Devlin of De Queen, Bryce Buzbee of De Queen, Ryan Hatcher and his wife Jessica of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Andrew Hatcher of Fort Worth, Texas, and Colin Hatcher and his wife Carlon of Muskegon, Michigan; eight great-grandchildren, Alex and Cash Buzbee, Ivy Buzbee, Elijah, Joseph, Isaac, and Lillian Hatcher, and Errol Hatcher; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family of Mrs. Helen Long will receive friends for a Memorial Visitation to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

William “Bill” Powers, Sr.

William “Bill” Hayden Powers, Sr. age 78, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at his home.

He was born June 20, 1942, in Dierks, Arkansas. He was an engineer for Weyerhaeuser. He was a U.S. Marine, a Baptist, enjoyed hunting and playing music, and was a Mason for over 50 years.

Mr. Powers was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden Cortez and Jewell Teague Powers; one brother and sister, Jesse Powers and Barbara Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris Jean Weaver Powers; one daughter and son-in-law, MaChelle and Brian Reid of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Jr. and Angela Powers, of Eunice, NM and John David and Mary Powers of De Queen; three grandchildren, Ryan Reid, Maddison Powers and Hayden Powers; one great grandchild, Cooper Reid; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Glenda Allen of Dierks and Linda and Earl Williams of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service with military honors for Mr. Powers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Greens Chapel Cemetery near Dierks with Bro. Bobby Neal and Bro. Bobby Smith officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 9, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Gene Wayne Leverett

Gene Wayne Leverett, age 77, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at his home.

He was born April 8, 1943 in Horatio, Arkansas. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Commander Sergeant Major. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a deacon and member of First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads.

Gene was preceded in death by his son, Cary Neil Leverett and his parents, Noel Faye and Ethel Mae Dossett Leverett; two brothers, Raymond Leverett and Noel Leverett; one sister, Bobby McDonald.

He is survived by his wife Louise Armer Leverett; one son Kevin Leverett of Douglassville, Texas; one daughter, Gena Leverett of Horatio; two grandchildren, Keagan Anne Leverett and Elle Mae Sannes and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Leverett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday April 5, 2021 at First Southern Baptist Church in Crossroads with Bro. Roy Conatser and Bro. Mark Markle officiating. Burial will follow at Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Novadean Shelton

Novadean (Davis) Shelton of Geneva, AR moved on from this life Sunday March 28, 2021 with her family by her side in Tahlequah, OK after a long illness. At a wise 75 years of age, she decided it was her time to go see Papaw and Mamaw.

Novadean, also known as grandma, was born to Levi and Vivian Davis of Chapel Hill, AR October 28th 1945. She was the younger sister of Levi Davis Jr and the twin sister of Imagean Packnett. She was raised on a small farm in the Cerrogordo community where she attended primary school at Horatio. She became a student in the De Queen school system her junior year and received her diploma in 1964.

Novadean had many talents and hobbies that were unmistakable to anyone who knew her. She always enjoyed working in her garden, picking blackberries, watching the birds, baking, taking long hikes with picnics and spending time with her fur-babies as well as her children and grandchildren. Her annual vacations with her daughter, Mia, brought her so much joy as they traveled across the country exploring new states and of course, eating the best food. She loved attending all of her children and grandchildren’s sport events, plays, and livestock shows as she was the ultimate supporter in all of her kids. 

Novadean spent her life as a devoted loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as daughter, sister, and friend to many. She is remembered by her family as a dedicated warrior with resilience and determination with no fear in mind. She adored and loved her family with all of her heart and always made the ultimate sacrifice for the ones she loved. In this life, she was an inspiration of what being a strong, independent woman was and she will always be remembered that way.

Novadean was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Vivian Davis as well as her brother-in-law Phillip Cox.

She is survived by her brother Levi (Linda) Davis of Monticello, AR and her sister Imagean (Gheri) Packnett of De Queen, AR. She has three children; Mia (James Waffle) Revels of Tahlequah, OK; Charles Revels of De Queen, AR; James (Veronica) Revels of Geneva, AR; Four granddaughters; Sarah Gray of Fort Smith, AR; Tashia (Cole) Baker of Alma, AR; Emily Revels of De Queen, AR; and Raven Revels of Geneva, AR. Two grandsons; Cody (Summer) Revels of Mount Pleasant, TX and Waylon (Summer) Revels of Lockesburg, AR. Eight great-grandchildren; Ashlynn Gray of Fort Smith, AR; Declan and Elliot Baker of Alma, AR; Cedric Mann of De Queen, AR; Madison and Amelia of Mount Pleasant, TX; Natalie Graham and Corbin James Revels of Lockesburg, AR. Her two nephews were John David Cox of Benton, AR, and Ward Davis of Nashville, TN. She had one niece, Susan Phillips of Rogers, AR. She also survived by many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends who adored and cherished her.

She kept her friends always dear and close to her heart. Willa Gathright of Lockesburg, AR has been Novadean’s lifelong friend who she cared about deeply and always wanted what was best for her. Lazell Wiley of Mount Pleasant, TX always made sure to visit with Novadean and adored their friendship for years.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to the American Cancer Society in Novadean’s name.

Graveside Service will be Saturday April 3rd, 2021 at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, AR at 10:00 a.m..

 

Allen Ray Mallette

Allen Ray Mallette passed from this life into the arms of his Savior on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. He was born in Atlantic, Iowa, to Gene and Rosemary Mallette on June 10th, 1950. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1968. He attended Emmaus Bible College in Chicago for a year before enrolling in Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. in forestry in May of 1973.

Immediately after graduation he headed to Rogers, Arkansas, to marry Teresa Gail Brewer on June 2nd, 1973. He and Teresa spent the summer in Hill City, South Dakota, where Allen worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In August of 1973, Allen and Teresa moved to De Queen after Allen began working for Weyerhaeuser, Co. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 10 1/2 years. He began his forestry consulting business, Mallette Forestry, in 1983. He was semi-retired. He loved people and enjoyed getting to know his many clients, helping them to manage their land and timber. He taught a forestry course at UA Cossatot for several years and got a kick out of the young people he taught.

Allen loved his church and his Lord. He was deacon a First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir for many years and was a much loved adult Sunday school teacher.
He loved hunting and fishing and just spending time in the outdoors. He knew the names of most wildflowers and could usually tell a bird by its call. He loved our cats and dogs. He and Teresa found homes for many stray dogs and cats through the years.

He loved his family and his friends. He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Teresa, his son, Kirk Mallette (wife Natasha) and granddaughters, Navah and Marin of Corvallis, Oregon, and son, Lance Mallette (wife Jenn) and grandsons, Silas and Arthur of Boise, Idaho, and a daughter-in-love, Tasma Irons. Other immediate family members are brother, Larry (Mary Ann), of Hot Springs, sister, Annette Lumley (Milt) of Chicago, and sister, Lori Slutz (Randy) of Pocatello, Idaho.

A private graveside service for Mr. Mallette will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Chapel Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in De Queen with Bro. Josh Herweck and Bro. Micah Martin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Bible Society, P.O Box 96812 Washington, D.C. 20090-6812 or First Baptist Church, Food Closet, 1535 W. Collin Raye Drive De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

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

 

Fred Lee Payne

Fred Lee Payne, age 89, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home.

He was born January 16, 1932 in Wilton, Arkansas. Fred enjoyed watching wrestling and western movies. He was a farmer and a pulp wood hauler.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Pond Payne; his parents, Ovie Payne and Lula Mae Deaton; step-father, Diego Deaton; children, Nancy Payne Nelson, Janice Payne Jones, and two infant daughters; eight brothers and sisters, Daniel Payne, Bernice Payne, Mildred Glover, Ola Mae Summerell, Christine Hendrix, Martha Kay Cummings, David Payne and Lawrence Deaton.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Payne and Glen Batten of Wilton, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Bradley Payne and Sandy of Foreman; one brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Martha Payne; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ada Ruth Russell, Frances Jones, Patty Gail and Mark Sukiennik; eleven grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Payne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday April 1, 2021 at Winthrop Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31 at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins

Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins, age 73, passed from this life on Friday, March 26, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born to Dan and Mildred Watkins on September 1, 1947. He married the love of his life on June 29, 1970 and from this union two daughters and a son were born.

Carroll Wayne was a quiet, shy man who loved big. He loved God, his wife and her cooking, especially her homemade biscuits. Carroll Wayne loved his children, his grandchildren and his animals. He loved singing gospel music, reading, especially Native American history and the Bible. He loved to tell the story of the first time he saw his wife and he knew immediately that she would one day be his wife. He loved banana pudding, pocketknives, a crackling hot fire, classic cars and playing Scrabble. Most of all Carroll Wayne loved time spent with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving grandparents, Jim and Clara Hendricks and his wonderful, loving Aunt, Merlene Hendricks Mize.

Carroll Wayne leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Joyce Watkins; his daughter Sabrina Johnson and her husband, Christopher Johnson; his son Carroll Wayne Watkins, II and his wife, Amy Watkins; his daughter, Hannah Watkins and her significant other Sean Oler; four grandchildren, Katherine and Brody Watkins and Jessica and Corbin Johnson; his brother, Barry Watkins; and his nephews, Brennan and Braxton Watkins.

Funeral Services for Mr. Carroll Wayne Watkins will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Old Center Church, Horatio, Arkansas, with Pastor Wakley officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 4-6 pm, Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old Center Cemetery Association, 1231 Central Road Horatio, AR, 71842 or a charity of your choice.

 

 

Charles Devin Kissinger

Charles Devin Kissinger, age 36 a resident of Texarkana, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Wadley hospital in Texarkana a result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident.

He was born October 4, 1984, in De Queen, Arkansas. He attecnd Horatio School; he worked for T&A Trucking Service; he was a computer genius and he enjoyed keeping up with the latest technology. Devin was a truck driver and diesel mechanic and a Baptist. Devin is loved and will be greatly missed. He was a proud member of the Hells Lovers Motorcycle Club of Texarkana, Texas and was dedicated to his chosen brothers, Jimmie Sixx, Trouble, Bam Bam, Sonic, Wicked, Nappy, Showtime.

Devin is survived by his children Grayson, Dustie; his father Charles “Buck” Kissinger and his mother Cindie Roberts of Horatio, his brother, Caleb Kissinger of Panama, Oklahoma; Rowdy Roberts of Horatio; two sisters, Shyla Kissinger of De Queen and Summer Roberts of De Queen; his paternal grandparents, Charlie and Barbara Kissinger of Horatio; a maternal grandparents Mack and Mary Lambeth of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Vernell McKelvy Loe

Vernell Delila Green McKelvy Loe, age 91, passed away March 21, 2021 at Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab in Prescott.

Mrs. Loe was born at Cale, Arkansas April 4, 1929 to the late Luchus Berry and Tena Helsel Green.

She worked as a homemaker, farm worker, and was manager of the Prescott Farm Store for several years. She served as mayor of Bluff City from 2001 to 2013. She loved gardening, growing flowers, and crafts. She was a member of the Bluff City Church of Christ, where she taught classes for the young children.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ruel McKelvy; her second husband, Olen Loe; three brothers, Lonnie D. Green, Imon Lee Green, and James D. Green; two sisters, Mae Belle Green and Helen May.

She is survived by a step-son, who was like a son to her, Jerry McKelvy and wife Jeanie of Camden; two sons, Billy Ray McKelvy and wife Robbie of DeQueen, Arkansas, Eddy Gene McKelvy, wife Connie of Bluff City, Arkansas; one brother, Homer Green, wife Janice of Rosston, Arkansas; two sisters, Betty Tomlin, husband Dent of Rosston, Arkansas, Marie Bussell, husband Kenneth of Camden, Arkansas; three grandsons, Adam McKelvy (Ashley), Joseph McKelvy (Elizabeth), Daniel McKelvy (Jade); one granddaughter, Ashley McKelvy; three grandsons, Garrett, Bennett and Ruel; two great-granddaughters, Ella and Lorraine; several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Due to Covid restrictions, all attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing at the visitation and funeral service.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Brazzel/Cornish 1196 Hwy 371 West Prescott, Arkansas, 71857.

Funeral service will be 10:00am on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Bluff City Church of Christ, with Bro. Phil Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluff City. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of BRAZZEL/Cornish Funeral Home, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online condolences www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Cemetery Association at 2680 Warren Ave., Camden, AR 71701, or to a charity of your choice.

 

 

Janelle (Jan) Baughn Holmes

Janelle (Jan) Baughn Holmes, age 59, a resident of Benton, Ar and former resident of De Queen, AR, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, AR.

She was born in Newton, Kansas, June 29, 1961 to Roy and Virginia Jackson Baughn.

Jan was widely known and loved for her career in caring for the sick and using her knowledge and skills to teach other health care workers. She was a CPR instructor, a national registered Emergency Medical Technician, a member of the Bauxite Fire Department, a licensed Esthetician and owner and operator of “Facials by Jan” in downtown Benton. She made time to spend with her family and was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and “Nana”. Friends were numerous, as she was endearing, joyful, loving and kind and they gave back as much as they got from her. She had a heart of gold but that heart finally gave out on her when God decided she needed to rest from her many years of tending to others. She will be missed by many.

Jan was preceded in death by her father Roy Baughn, her brother Dwane Baughn and all maternal and paternal grandparents.

Jan is survived by her husband, Howard; two sons, Chris and wife Alaine, and Josh Holmes of Benton; two grandchildren Aubry and C.J.; her mother Virginia Baughn of Horatio; two sisters, Lisa Johnson and husband Archie of De Queen, Belinda Moore of Broken Bow, Okla. and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service has been planned for Jan Holmes, Saturday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the home of her mother in Horatio, Ark.

The speaker at the memorial service will be Bobby Tatum, Minister of Horatio Church of Christ, and any friends of Jan are welcome to attend and speak of their memories of Jan.

 

 

Mrs. Irma Wood

Mrs. Irma Sue Jacobs Wood was the youngest of ten children born to A. C. “Buck” and Virdie Bryant Jacobs. Irma was born on April 23, 1941 in Bethel, Oklahoma, and passed from this life on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Denton, Texas, after having attained the age of 79 years, 11 months, and 6 days.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, worked in Leather Goods and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene Wood; her brothers, Austin Jacobs, Baustin Jacobs, George Thomas Jacobs, Hubert Jacobs, Marion Jacobs, and J. D. Jacobs; infant sister, Virdie Jo Jacobs, and Birdie Walker.   

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son Eldon Marshall and his girlfriend Misty Rickard of Bowie, Texas; a daughter, Virdie Reichel of Duncan, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Brian McClain, Brittani Marshall, Shelby Marshall, Celest Rickard, Zane Rickard, and Tristan Rickard; a great-grandchild, Christine Richard; a brother, M. C. Jacobs of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Irma Wood will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Louise “Granny” Gaddis Little

Louise “Granny” Gaddis Little, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home.

She was born April 19, 1932, in Langley, Arkansas. She was a housekeeper for De Queen schools for 18 years and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents, William C. and Mollie McAnnelly Gaddis and her husband, Dale Little; one brother, Harold David Gaddis; one sister, Ruby Smalley; brother-in-law, A.C. Smalley.

She is survived by one son; Tommy Little of De Queen; one daughter, Dalana Chandler of De Queen; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Jean Wilcher of De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Cremation arrangement by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

 

 

Henry Lee Jones

Mr. Henry Lee Jones, age 58, of Foreman, Arkansas, was called home to be with is Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Henry was born on June 30, 1962 in Foreman, Arkansas. He worked as a Laborer for Pallet One in New Boston, Texas and in Janitorial for Domtar in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was a member of Richland Baptist Church in Foreman and enjoyed fishing and watching football. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburg Steelers. Most of all, Henry cherished the time spent with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Jones; two sisters, Loretta Threadgill and Geneva Williams; and a nephew, Terri Lynn Threadgill.

Those left to cherish his many memories include, the love of his life whom he shared twenty-three loving years, Clathea McFalls of Foreman; three daughters, Tierra Jones of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Shamecka Jones of Foreman, and Katerra Cooper of Nash, Texas; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Eatha Mae and Alford Williams of Foreman, Ester and Anthony Haskins of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Wilma Burris of Foreman; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Joseph and Summer Jones of Foreman, Erick and Kim Jones of Foreman, and Charles Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a special brother, Bobby Joe Baker and his wife Senda of Foreman; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Jones will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Earl Williams and Pastor Glenda Threadgill officiating. Burial will follow at the Alfred French Cemetery, Foreman, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. General viewing will be held at 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 26th, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Cassondra Gale Riddle

Cassondra Gale Riddle, age 30, of Royse City, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Wylie, Texas. She is survived by her sons: Luke Alexander Webb, age 11, and Gabriel Ashton Rhodes, age 8; her siblings: Daniel L. Riddle of Denver, Colorado; Tiffany A. Fry and husband Matthew of Fayetteville, Georgia; F. Storm Kwiatkowski and husband Rudy of Irvine, California; Katrina J. Gay and husband Beau of Centerton, Arkansas, and Robert Gregory Fuller of Rowlett, Texas; her parents Donald and Laura Riddle of Texarkana, Arkansas and Donna and John Garrett of Rockwall, Texas; her grandparents, Ronald and Wanda Riddle of Mena, Arkansas; Barbara Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida, and Bill and Flora McChristian of Mena, Arkansas; 6 nephews, 3 nieces, and a great many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, George Montague Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida.

Known mainly as “Cassie,” she was a consummate athlete, an award-winning long distance runner, pole vaulter, and cheerleader. She was a talented artist and musician who enjoyed arts and crafts and teaching others about physical fitness, becoming a yoga instructor and track coach. She started her own business, Royse City Dance Academy in 2016. But her greatest role was as a loving mother to both Luke and Gabriel, born with a rare condition that severely limits his mobility. Her devotion to her sons was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Cassie was a student at Texas A&M Commerce studying to become a livestock veterinarian. She was scheduled to graduate this spring. The University has agreed to award Cassie a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree.
Cassie was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend.

Cassie is considered by many to be a superstar, and her light will continue to shine, though its duration on Earth has ended far too early. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. As she taught Gabriel to remind ourselves how we are strong, we will always remember these words when we remember his mother: “Strong muscles, strong mind, strong heart.”

Funeral service will be Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Ron Tilley officiating. Interment to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God.

Pallbearers are Matthew Fry, Rudy Kwiatkowski, Beau Gay, Paul Blackketter, Robert Fuller, and Daniel Riddle. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald G. Riddle and Bill E. McChristian.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Cassie’s honor to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas, 75219.

 

Adolfo R. Hernandez

Adolfo R. Hernandez, age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, March 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born September 27, 1929 in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was retired from Pilgrims and was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Mr. Hernandez was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Hernandez and Concepcion Ramirez; and four brothers, Andres R. Hernandez, Marcos R. Hernandez, Ma. de Jesus R. Hernandez and Faustino R. Hernandez.

He is survived by his wife, Marcelina Guzman de Hernandez; seven daughters, Beatriz Hernandez Guzman, Andrea Hernandez Guzman, Ma. de los Angeles Hernandez Guzman, Ma. del Carmen Hernandez Guzman, Ma. de Lourdez Hernandez Guzman, Ma. Leticia Hernandez Guzman and Claudia E. Lopez Hernandez; 26 grandchildren, Jesus I. Hernandez, Alfonso R. Hernandez, Alondra R. Hernandez, Adolfo R. Hernandez, Roberto Reyna, Juan Carlos Sandoval, Johnathan Hernandez, Gustavo Lopez, Saira Lopez, Wendy Lopez, Martha Hernandez, Ascencion Hernandez, Jose Adolfo Hernandez, David Hernandez, Juan Adrian Hernandez, Gloria Silva, Manuel Silva, Julissa Silva, Adela Silva, William Silva, Jocelyne Alfaro, Lizbeth Alfaro, Michael Alfaro, Gilberto Jr. Gamez, Camila Gamez and Carolina Gamez and 17 great grandchildren.

A vigil service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Holy Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

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

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

 

Doris Lee McWaters

Mrs. Doris Lee Owen McWaters, age 81, of Horatio, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at her home.

She was born September 10, 1939 in Shady Point, Oklahoma to the union of Jesse Robert Andrew and Dessie Laguerty Taylor Owen. Doris worked in housekeeping, caring for homes and apartments. She enjoyed fishing, camping, puzzles, and playing and watching softball. She once played as catcher for a co-ed team. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Dessie Owen; her husbands, David Bland, and Wayne McWaters; her twin sister, Lois Baxter; and two brothers, Edward Owen and Albert Owen.

Doris leaves to cherish her loving memory, five children, Danna Sue (Brian) McAllister of Fort Smith, Arkansas, David Ray Bland of Lincoln, Arkansas, Debra Jeanette Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas, Linda Lois Bland of Shady Point, Oklahoma, and Bobby Don Bland of Shady Point, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren, and number twenty-three due in May; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Jesse Owen of Shady Point, Oklahoma; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Private Inurnment will be held at New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, Oklahoma. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the care of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Jacinto Gonzalez Martin

Mr. Jacinto Gonzalez Martin, age 60, of Tasquillo, Hidalgo, Mexico, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He was born to Epifanio Gonzalez and Candida Martin on December 2, 1960, in Tasquillo, Hidalgo, Mexico. He married the love of his life, Irene Olvera Acosta, on January 11, 2000 in Mexico. Jacinto was a hard worker, working in poultry processing for Tyson Foods. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Manuel, Lazaro, Fulgencio, Faustino, and Guadalupe Gonzalez; and one sister, Rosa Gonzalez.

He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Irene Olvera Acosta; two sons, Rodrigo Gonzalez, and Martin Gonzalez; three daughters, Teresa Gonzalez, Jacinta Gonzalez, and Candy Gonzalez; sisters, Paula Gonzalez, Benita Gonzalez, Virginia Gonzalez, Cristina Gonzalez, and Irma Gonzalez; brothers, Julian Gonzalez, Epifanio Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, and Noel Gonzalez; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 20, 2021 at St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held in Mexico. Rosary services will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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

 

 

Edna Jean Higgins

Mrs. Edna Jean McDonald Higgins, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 14, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born April 6, 1943 in the Cerro Gordo Community. She worked for Pilgrims as a manifest lady. She was an outstanding seamstress, and loved gardening, her trees and flowers and canning. She also loved playing her Texas Hold’em with family and friends.

Mrs. Higgins was preceded in death by her parents, James William “Bill” and Eunice Crowell McDonald; her husband, Freeman Higgins; a son, Robert Donovan Trotter; a son-in-law, James Burton Culp; three sisters, Georgia Frady, Nina Hinton and Shirley Allen; and one brother, Jim McDonald.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy Trotter of De Queen and David and Jennifer Higgins of Grannis, Arkansas; one daughter, Debbie Trotter Culp of De Queen; one brother, Frank McDonald of Foreman, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Jason McGough, Amberly Pearce, Zachary James Trotter, Alexandria Trotter and Richard Trotter; 13 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Higgins will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Justin Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

General viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 16th at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Mary Crawford

Mrs. Mary Naomi Lewis Crawford, age 77, of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12th, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary was born September 3rd, 1943 in Doniphan, Missouri. She married the love of her life, Leon Crawford, on September 23, 1962 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a Baptist and member of Geneva Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She had many titles in her life, her favorite being “Mommow.” Her hobbies included gardening, baking, and shopping for antiques. She loved telling her grandkids about the adventures of Koolaid and the Gang.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Dessie Lewis; infant sister, Mattie; one brother, Randy Lewis; sister, Lucy Crawford; brothers-in-law, Gary Owen, Ed Lohman, Jerry Crawford, Harley McAuther; and sisters-in-law, Eloise McAuther and Sandra Crawford.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Leon Crawford of Winthorp; brothers, Eddie (Nancy) Lewis and Gary Lewis of Modesto, California; sisters, Linda Lou Lohman of Palm Springs, California, and Glenda Sue Owen of Shreveport, Louisiana; her six children, Joe (Shelia) Crawford of Foreman, David (Allison) Crawford, Lana (James) Van Voast, Robin Dorsey, Lisa (JP) Atkins, and Kelly (Tony) Johnson, all of De Queen; her grandchildren, Zach and Nathan Hodges, Codi and Sally Kate Crawford, Richard (Charissa) Van Voast, Jami (Matt) Nevels, Jessie (Chad) Janes, Lucas (Hannah) Dorsey, Amanda (Justin) Spencer, Sara Atkins, Jake (Rachel) Atkins, Julie (Ryan) Foshee, Zackary (Rachel) Johnson, Wyatt (Erin) Johnson, and Riley Johnson; brothers-in-law, Steve Crawford and Glen (Daytona) Crawford; special niece and nephews, Michelle Worley, Stevie Crawford, and Ronald Crawford; nineteen great-grandchildren; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Crawford will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Lane and Richard Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Mary’s grandsons, Richard Van Voast, Zachary Johnson, Jake Atkins, Wyatt Johnson, Riley Johnson and Lucas Dorsey.

 

 

Raymond Leonard Horn

Raymond Leonard Horn, age 84, a resident of Arkinda, Arkansas, died Friday, March 12, 2021 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born November 20, 1936, in Arkinda. He was a 1955 graduate of Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Arkansas. In August 1956 he was hired at Convair-General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas building fiberglass wings for 18 years. On July 15, 1956 Raymond married Margaret Anne Smith at First Baptist Church in Foreman. He retired from Ash Grove Cement after 25 years of service. He loved animals especially dogs and hunting and fishing. He also read lots of Louis L’Amour books and other western authors.

Mr. Horn was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Leonard Horn; mother and step-father, Dorothy Fortner Horn George and Jessie Andrew George; two sisters, Patsy Lou Huffman and Gretta Ozee; daughter-in-law, Sherry Lynn Williams Horn; and one great-grandson Dalton Ryan Jaquess.

He is survived by his wife of 64 ½ years, Margaret Anne Horn of Arkinda; two sons, Andy Horn of Texarkana, Arkansas and Jim Horn and Mary Sue Morton of Foreman, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Sheree Hardin, Caleb Horn, Joshua Horn and Erin Self; five great-grandchildren, Jacey Jaquess, William and Parker Self, Carson and Laynie Horn; two sisters, Kathryn Ogden of Fort Worth, Texas and Florence Bradshaw of Arlington, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Horn will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 16, 2021 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Brother Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow at Blackland cemetery in Foreman.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 15, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the funeral home

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 or Blackland Cemetery Association C/O Horatio State Bank in Foreman, Arkansas.

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

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

 

 

Ann Yocum

Mrs. Lilly Ann Conatser Yocum, age 74, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at her home.

She was born to Henry David and Pansy Marie Hartzell Conatser on September 6, 1946 in California. She married the love of her life, Henry Eldon Yocum, on March 6, 1968 in De Queen, and to this union, two daughters were born. Ann was a Homemaker and member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen. When she was able, Ann served at the Community Service Director with the church. She enjoyed reading, embroidery, genealogy, and bible study, but most of all, she cherished the time spent visiting with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Pansy Conatser; her loving husband, Henry Yocum; one daughter, Marlana Yocum; and one brother, David Conatser.

Ann leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Lanette Rogers of De Queen; five grandchildren, Timothy Rogers, Jessica Chandler, Daunté Yocum, Nate Yocum, and Mia Yocum; two great-grandchildren, Jazmyne Hill and Trinate Rogers; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Donna Conatser of Lockesburg, and Joe and Janet Conatser of Mena; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jeff Holmes of De Queen; a special friend, Joyce Miller; as well as, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Ann Yocum will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, with Pastor Ron Patterson officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Emma Lee Ward Mickle 

Mrs. Emma Lee Ward Mickle, age 95, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Texarkana, Texas.

Emma Lee was born the eldest of five children, to Charles Bryant Ward, Sr., and Ruth Mae Moore Ward on October 28, 1925. She was raised in the little community of Almond in Sevier County. After graduating from Gillham High School, she traveled to Washington D.C. during World War II, working as a secretary for the war department near the Pentagon. She returned to marry the love of her life, M.L. Mickle, on January 5, 1946. Emma Lee was an accomplished pianist and music was always center stage in her life. She was a devoted member and pianist of the First Baptist Church in Gillham, for many years. She taught piano lessons at Gillham High School and passed her love and appreciation for music to many of her students. “Miss Emma”, as she was affectionately called, played electric keyboard with The Country Session band, doing many fundraisers all over Arkansas and Oklahoma and she loved every minute of it.

Emma Lee was a wonderful cook and homemaker, an avid reader, loved doing crossword puzzles, traveling and meeting new people, fishing, and her sweet little cat of sixteen years, Punkin. She was Postmaster of the Gillham Post Office for about ten years and knew everyone. She had an amazing memory remembering names, birthdates, anniversaries and special events, and could even read and write shorthand after 75 years!

Emma Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, M.L. Mickle; two sons, Duane Mickle and Rob Mickle; one grandson, Steven Elliott; two brothers, Paul Ward and Bryant Ward; and one sister, Bonnie Mutschler.

She leaves to cherish so many loving memories, two daughters and a son-in-law, Dian Mickle of Seaside, Oregon, and Charlotte and Shannon Blankenship of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Amber (Anthony) Glass-Mathis of Hooks, Texas, Colton (Kristin) Starkey of Lancaster, Ohio, Kalem (Amy) Mickle of Lowell, Arkansas, and Armanda (Duston) Daulton of Austin, Texas; twelve great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlene Parker of Prineville, Oregon; as well as, many beloved nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, dear cousins, and many friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Emma Lee Mickle will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Valley Cemetery, Gillham, with Pastor Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Signing of the guestbook will be held on Friday, at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to her favorite charity, St Jude’s children’s hospital, in her memory.

 

 

Edna Ruth Golden Cleghorn

Edna Ruth Golden Cleghorn, age 77, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 7, 2021, at her home.

She was born December 4, 1943 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a freelance writer and a homemaker. Mrs. Cleghorn was a loving mother and granny, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, bird watching, genealogy and she was a devoted Christian and member of First Assembly of God Church in Foreman.

Mrs. Cleghorn was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Samuel Sr. and Ernestine Brummett Golden; and her husband, Mathis Cordell Cleghorn; one brother, Robert (Bob) Golden, Jr.; two granddaughters, Delayia Woods and Marley Woods; one grandson, Matthew Stewart.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Frankie and Becky Cleghorn of Marietta, Oklahoma, Tommy and Lynnell Cleghorn of Foreman; three daughters and sons-in-law, Teri McIntyre and Eric of Nevada, MO; Kathy Gauldin and Calvin of Foreman; Kari Laminack and Stacy of Haslet, TX; one brother, Mike Golden and Sandy of Foreman; special niece, Linda Gregory of Foreman; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Cleghorn will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman with Trent Liggin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 10th at the funeral home.

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

 

Annie Faye Sharp

Annie Faye Hill Sharp, age 95, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born April 15, 1925 in Provo, Arkansas. She was a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. She lived a life full of service for others. Annie Faye Sharp held a number of jobs throughout her life to included working at Lockesburg Grocery Store, Red River Army Depot (during WWII), Mountair Poultry, Central School Cafeteria, Baldwin Piano and Organ, the Area Agency on Aging and more. Her most fulfilling job, however was probably babysitting the many children she kept and loved dearly. She was always sure to do whatever it took to take care of her precious boys.

Ms. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew Azor and Eunice Velma Baker Hill; two sons, Leslie Glenn Sharp and Charles Wayne Sharp; eight brothers and sisters, Ive Jewell Hill, Swan Geneva Breedlove, John Dee Hill, William Hal Hill, Mildred Seely Tollette, James Randolph Hill, Veda Lloyd Hill and Levi Azor Hill.

She is survived by one son, Jimmy Sharp of Nashville; four grandchildren, Jimmy Sharp II of Sulphur, Oklahoma, Charles Glenn Houston Sharp of Mustang, Oklahoma, Brent Thomas Sharp of Irving, Texas and Kayla Ann Sharp-Estep of Clarksville, Tennessee; five great grandchildren, Jakub and Jalie Sharp, Kynsen and Jaci Estep, and Jordi Sharp; a number of nieces and nephews; and a great number of beloved friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Sharp will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Ben Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Wrights Chapel Cemetery.

General viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 9th at the funeral home.

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

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

 

 

Cathy Lanell Palmer

Cathy Lanell Palmer, age 67, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 6, 2021 at her home.

She was born November 12, 1953 in De Queen. Cathy loved playing the guitar and singing country and gospel music. She was a janitor for Lockesburg school and a member of Old Time Gospel Church.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents; John Homer and Myrtle Gladys Nunn Palmer; one son-in-law, Ronny Pender.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Dericia Denson of De Queen; one daughter, Tracy Pender; two sisters, Wanda Campbell of Valliant, Oklahoma and Opal Husted of Mena, Arkansas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, J.W. Palmer, Clyde and Sue Palmer all of Valliant, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Denson, Jayla Denson, Aydan Denson, Christian Farmer, Leah Killcollins, Zachary Killcollins, Dalton KillCollins, Harley Pender and Mazzey Pender; great-grandchildren, Kayson Denson, Carson Farmer, Kaisley Simmons, Xavier Kahn, Alex Knight, Gracie Killcollins and one great-grandchild on his way Jackson Killcollins.

Funeral services for Cathy will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jerrel Helms officiating. Burial will follow at Glover Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11th at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Raymond Earl (Preacher) Ward

II Timothy 4 – 7 & 8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Then is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.

Raymond Earl (Preacher) Ward, age 70, a lifetime resident of Dierks, Arkansas left this earth on March 5, 2021. He passed away at his home with his family by his side as were his final wish. He was born October 15, 1950, the seventh son to Clifford Leander (Andy) and Dora Lovell Worley Ward.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ernest and Charles Ward and a sister, Doctor Patricia Ward Kelly.

He is survived by his wife Susie Turner Ward; one son, David (Lisa) Ward; two daughters, Jennifer (Jason) White and Ashley Ward Neal; six grandchildren, Dylan Eudy, Dalton Eudy, Damian Ward, Trinity White, Tristen White, Cadence Ward all of Dierks. Four brothers, Clyde and Clifton Ward of Dierks, Thomas Ward of Coushatta, Louisiana and James Ward of Texarkana, Texas, two sisters, Louise Ward George of Dardanelle, Arkansas and Linda Kay Ward Hulsey of Falcon, Colorado.

Earl was a family man, a loving father, and a lifetime logger. Preacher, a nickname Earl gained in his youth, grew up working from a young age with his father and brother in the log woods. He enjoyed taking his family camping and spending weekends at the lake boating. His favorite things to do were deer hunting and going four wheeling. In his younger years, Earl loved drag racing in his green 67 Mustang as well as building and racing cars on the dirt track. Most of all, Earl loved the Lord.

Funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 8, 2021 at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Bro. Larry Eason officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends and family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Mrs. Rita Luna

Mrs. Rita Hernandez Luna, age 55, of Horatio, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at home with family by her side.

She was born on May 22, 1965 to Jeronimo Hernandez and Ma. Toribia Monjaras in San Isidro, San Felipe, GTO, Mexico. Rita married the love of her life, Ignacio Luna, on January 17, 1980 in San Felipe, Mexico and to this union, seven children were born. She was a Homemaker and member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and singing, but more than anything, she cherished the time spent in any activity with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and one sibling.

Those left to cherish Rita’s memory include, her loving husband of over 41 years, Ignacio Luna of Horatio; three sons, Juan F. Luna, Juan I. Luna and wife Edith, and Jose R. Luna, all of Horatio; four daughters, Maria H. Cabrera and husband Ismael of North Carolina, Ana SanJuan and husband Juan of De Queen, Maria A. SanJuan and husband Ramiro of Horatio, and Maria R. Luna and husband Rosario of Horatio; her mother, Ma. Toribia Monjaras of Mexico; nineteen grandchildren; seven siblings; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Private Funeral Mass for Mrs. Rita Luna will be held at St. Barbara Catholic Church, De Queen, with Father Ramses Mendietta officiating. Burial will be held at the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Leoda Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kristian Leeann Buchanan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Mildred Lambeth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sue Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Joe Blair

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Debbie Pruitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Laura Afton Ennis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

Online donations: cff.org/give-today

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

 

Mr. John Whitaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mary Lou (Mullins) Bourns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shirley Cogburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Darrell W. Lawless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

James Eddie Bateman Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Evelyn Willene Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lorean May Stout Krudwig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. LaTance Hankins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Dorothy Legates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willodeen Cary

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Richelean Counts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Marlon S. Boyles

 

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

The obituary is pending at this time.

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

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

 

Mary Willis Sharp Christopher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Linda D. Pamplin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Barbara Jo Martin

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

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

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

No service are planned at this time.

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

 

 

 

 

Rose Diane Deer Cox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Earl Douglas Christopher Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calvin Loyd “Jack” Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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