Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (2024)

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Chavon Fullerton Pond Linda Faye Green Hanco*ck Samuel Hallie Kesterson, Jr. John Ervin Trusley Gene Leathers, Sr. Eva Lou Johnson Sue Dampier Carolyn Sue Smith Alma Joyce Cannon Audrey Sue Eudy House Virginia Clyde Dodd Mrs. Louise Icenhower Mr. Don Higgins William Kesterson Doris Ann Kirby Elias Ocampo Nadine Allen Alvie “Wayne” Harder Mary Anne Hicks James Dennis McAdams Steven Gary Crawford, Sr. Bobby G. Lincoln Floy Allen Smith Dale Gene Simer Joe Allen Zanzeberg Helen “Kathy” Baker Mrs. Linda Gillaspy Kathie Alene Bray Michael Wayne Smith Leonard Max Wittman Ruby Lee Vallee Jerry Ann Broadwell Anthony Lynn Johnson Joyce Earlene Gentry Glenna Lee Meadows Ward Natasha Tidmore Brewer James Cory Wildbur Marilyn Jean Yandell Pressley Charles Benny Deaton Ruth Ione Taylor Janice Ann Shaw Joan Marie Compagna William “H” Holley Martha Ann Hullen Maria Del Gonzalez Sherry Danella Nelson Keith Allen Busby Mr. Milton Morris Mrs. Sandi Wilson Ruth Lee Rogers Ronald Lee Lowrey Barbara Jean Carlton-Reid Kenneth Charles Irvan Jimmy Lynn Sharp Larry Higgins Ann Bokren Johnny Geraldine Welch Mr. John McDonnell Mr. David Hennard Mrs. Frances Morris Donald Gillespie Mitchell Ray Ward Freida Litchford Lori Denise Tollett Pedro Mena Triana Mackie Lee Jones Kenneth Spencer Ruth West Murray Mr. Joe Compagna Jimmy Lloyd James Nylon “Bone” Johnson Cynthia Jo Ann Watson Gutierrez Patsy Cannon Mrs. Betty Brewer Mrs. Wanda Fisher Jamie Clark Beasley Barbara Ann Cooper Jimmy Charles Gaddis Otto Daniel Kutach Jackie Don Hoskison Eleanor Peatzell Elizabeth Juanita Hooker Loretta Haney Laura Cuevas Mendez Laura Cuevas Mendez Carla Jean (Logan) Archer Regenia Smith Ms. Beverly St. John Glen Wilder Tammy Ann Johnson Roy Dean Griffin Naomi “Marie” Wax Joe Trevino Dayne Wayne Payne Jo Nell Johnson John Melvin Milam Melissa Ann Sharp Wanda Jane McCormick Bobby Lynn Butler Michael Dean Hill Kevin DeWayne Bailey Peggy Ann Wakley McLaughlin Willene Gray Kenneth Green

Chavon Fullerton Pond

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (1)Mrs. Chavon Fullerton Pond, age 43, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, May 10, 2024, in CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs.

She was born to Ricky Fullerton and Mary Katherine Tucker Fullerton on March 3, 1981, in De Queen, Arkansas. She worked in auto parts, as well as a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith, and enjoyed cooking, baking, cars, working on crafts, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ricky Fullerton.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her four children, Summer Pond and her finance Joseph Johnson of Horatio, Winter Pond of Horatio, and Autumn Fullerton and Mark Hale, Jr. both of De Queen, a grandson, Waylon Johnson of Horatio, her mother, Mary Katherine Tannler of Columbus, Ohio, two brothers; Peter Fullerton of Shinewell, Oklahoma, and Jason Fullerton of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Chavon Pond will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 16, 2024., in the Cerrogordo Cemetery with Bro Michael Jannise officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Linda Faye Green Hanco*ck

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (2)Mrs. Linda Faye Green Hanco*ck, age 76, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed from this life Monday, May 13, 2024, in Dierks Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by her family.

She was born to S. E. and Emma Faye Bush Green in De Queen, Arkansas on October 24, 1947. She married the love of her life, Jimmy Hanco*ck on May 2, 1964, in De Queen, Arkansas, and to this marriage, five children were born. She was retired from the Horatio School District. Linda enjoyed gardening, her animals, crocheting, but her best time spent was with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Jimmy, and a half sister, Sandy Cardy.

Linda leaves to cherish her memory, five children and their spouses, Renee and Danny Shipman of Barlett, Tenn., Jamie Hanco*ck of Horatio, Kim and Wayne Tate of Decatur, Alabama, Emilee and Jason Vaught of Horatio, and Jon and Kimberly Hanco*ck of San Luis Obispo, California: 12 grandchildren, Rachel, Joel, Phillip, Jordan and his wife, Rose, Alanys, Skyler, Tanner and his wife, Alexandra, Ryan, Leslie, Michael, Noah, and Orion; two great-grandchildren, J. T. and Jett; three brothers and their spouses, Harold Gene and Rida Greene; Mike Green, Reggie and Laurie Green; one sister and brother-in-law, Donna and George Crumbly; special nieces, DonnAnn Crumbly, LaDonna Fulmer, and Michelle Jackson, as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Linda Hanco*ck will be held at 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Samuel Hallie Kesterson, Jr.

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (3)Mr. Samuel Hallie Kesterson, Jr., age 91, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2024, at his home.

Samuel was born on December 5, 1932, in Winthrop, Arkansas. He retired after serving twenty years in the U.S. Army and was a Methodist. He enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting, fishing, and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel “Hallie” Kesterson, Sr., and Bertha Clay Kesterson; one daughter, Elane Kesterson Miears; two sisters, Audrey Leona Kesterson and Juanita Willbanks and spouse JE; two brothers, Robert Henry Kesterson and Bobby Kesterson and spouse Mary.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Holdford and Anita and Charlie Click; and Jack Miears; two grandsons and their families, Craig and Holly Click, Tressie Click, Drake Click, Jason Click and Brandy Pearson, Allie Click, Samuel Click, Jacob Click, Micah and Heather Owen and Cooper, Dapple Wagner.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Campground Cemetery in Winthrop with Bro. Terry Hess, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

John Ervin Trusley

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (4)Mr. John Ervin Trusley, age 82, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown.

He was born September 26, 1941, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was a Control Chemist and ran Central Control for Foreman Cement Plant and was a member of First Baptist Church in Ashdown. He played basketball in college, played baseball in his younger years, enjoyed his grandchildren, and was an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Earl Trusley and Grace Pearl White Trusley; and a brother, William Trusley.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Rae Penney Trusley of Ashdown; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Todd Moon of Ashdown; one son and daughter-in-law, John Ed and Leah Trusley of Arab, Alabama; three grandchildren, Mallory (Nick) Purifoy, Bryson Trusley and Ryan Luke Trusley; two great-grandchildren, Beckett Purifoy and Willow Purifoy; a nephew, Jimmy Trusley and very special cousins, Charlotte and Eddie Ayers.

A private memorial service will be held at Ben Lomond Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Trusley will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Ashdown with Butch Riddle officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. A visitation will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

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

Gene Leathers, Sr.

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (5)Mr. Gene E. Leathers Sr., passed peacefully with his family by his side on May 10, 2024, at Wadley Regional Medical Center.

Gene was born on September 8, 1941, to James A. and Victoria Houser Leathers in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. He was a graduate of Lockesburg High School. Gene began his career at Maple Crest Farms of De Queen and has worked at four different companies in the same complex. Maple Crest, Mountaire Poultry, Pilgrim’s Pride, and now known as JBS Pilgrims. He worked just shy of 65 years. During his tenure at Pilgrims, he was hard-working and knew the plant inside and out performing most every job. He was a supervisor over the feather room, Evis, and refrigeration. When he was supervisor he hired his own employees because there wasn’t an HR Department.

He spent most of that time as a refrigeration supervisor. He had a mental blueprint of the plant, pipes, machinery, etc. He remembered working lots and lots of hours. His motto was “I’ve done it all”. He was a hard worker, loved, and respected by many.

He enjoyed fishing, and hunting, and loved riding the backroads.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Fredia Leathers, and his second wife, Ethel Leathers; one son, Gene E. Leathers, Jr; one brother, Vondal Leathers, four great-grandchildren, Alana, Charlie, DJ, Kylie and granddaughter-in-law, Tosha.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Pat Leathers of Lockesburg; two daughters, Tammy Leathers and Johnye and Patrick Fisher of De Queen; two sisters and brother-in-law, Shelia and Ronny Halter of De Queen, Fredia Nichols of Ben Lomond; nine grandchildren, Victoria, Michael, Dustin, Dillon, Bailey, Tripp, Ashley, Liberty, Orrin, Lewis; ten great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mr. Leathers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Wrights Chapel Cemetery with Homer Frachiseur officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Eva Lou Johnson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (6)Her family mourns the passing of Eva Lou Johnson, born December 29, 1937, in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, and passed into eternity April 26, 2024, at the age of 86. Eva Lou was the youngest child of Devoe Bollinger Sr. and Edna Brazil Bollinger, now passed. She is also preceded in death by her husband, James Johnson; daughter, Debbie Shoopman; brother, Devoe Bollinger Jr., and sisters, Geraldine Beshear, Maxine Mann, Corrine Robinson, and Emogene Gibson.

Family was the center of Eva Lou’s world, and she treasured every moment spent with her sons, James Shoopman (Susan), James Johnson (Karrie), and John Johnson, along with her daughters, Shelia Siegel, Candy Gwin (Gary), and Sarah Johnson (Darnelle). She was a proud Nana to her grandchildren, Eric Siegel (Bianca) and Jordan Siegel. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews, who brought her immense joy.

Early in her adult life, Eva Lou provided for her family as a skillful hairdresser while living in Belleair Florida. Eventually, Eva and James retired to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Eva Lou devoted her life to the service of others; she was always giving of herself and striving to be a better person- spiritually, physically, and mentally. She was a blessing to her church family and friends and a matriarch to her family. She led a fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, May 10th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

A celebration of Eva Lou’s life will be held Saturday, May 11th, at 11:00 AM at Wilkerson Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Pauley Cemetery in Little River County, Arkansas. Eva Lou was a committed Christian servant, a devoted wife, and a proud mother who is rejoicing at being reunited with her large and loving family in Heaven. She will be deeply missed but forever remembered for her warmth, kindness, and unwavering love for those dear to her heart.

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

Sue Dampier

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (7)Mrs. Sue Ella Bethel Dampier, age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

Sue was born on April 21, 1939, in Ozark Township, Arkansas. She loved collecting cookie jars and loved her animals.

Mrs. Dampier was preceded in death by her parents and one son.

She is survived by her husband, David Dampier; one sister, Sandra Graham Houston; one nephew, James Melton of Birmingham, Alabama; and a good friend of the family, Rhonda Hargis of De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Carolyn Sue Smith

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (8)Mrs. Carolyn Sue (Cecil) Smith, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, Nena, and friend.

Carolyn was born on September 8, 1938, in Lockesburg to the late Jessie Opal Wilder. She was a graduate of Lockesburg High School. On August 16, 1958, she married the love of her life, the late Robert Lewis Smith. They resided in Lockesburg, Arkansas, and were blessed with five children: Andy, Morgan, Lynn (whom she called Beverly), Matt, and Ray.

Carolyn worked at the Bank of Lockesburg for many years. After her retirement, she spent her time spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought so much joy to her life. She loved quilting, sewing, cooking, working in her yard, and tending to her flower beds. She loved to cook for her family and always looked forward to Sunday afternoon lunch and holidays. She would prepare a large meal and then sit on the front porch visiting and watching the kids play in the yard. She loved her family dearly and gave the best hugs.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Robert Lewis Smith, her mother Jessie Opal Wilder, her sister Martha Helen Hollis, one son Morgan Smith, two daughters-in-law, Annie and Sherry Smith, and one granddaughter, Carrie Tollett.

She is survived by her children; Andy Smith, Lynn (Mike) Tollett, Matt (Kim) Smith, Ray (Melissa) Smith; one sister; Teresa Wilder; one brother-in-law; Terry (Ann) Smith; nine grandchildren; Lauren Smith, Jessica (Jason) Clay, Michael (Erica) Tollett, Kameron (Amy) Smith, Haylee (Chad) Roberts, Rachel Smith, Nicole (Tristan) Kropf, Luke Smith and Kade Smith; and 10 great-grandchildren; Hayden, Colby and Kutter Clay; Adalyn, Jackson and Waylon Tollett; Cassian Kropf; Paisley Roberts; and Michael and Korbin Smith.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Smith will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Coulter Memorial Garden in Lockesburg with Bro. Jerrel Helms, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7th at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

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

Alma Joyce Cannon

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (9)Mrs. Alma Joyce Long Cannon, age 82, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Little River Hospital in Ashdown.

Alma was born on April 26, 1942, in West Memphis, Arkansas. She was a member of Old Union Missionary Baptist Church. She was an LPN nurse for Howard County Memorial Hospital in Nashville.

Mrs. Cannon was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe Harold “Duke” and Hazel Mae Long Usery; her husband, Glen Harold Cannon; two brothers, Alvie Wesley “Butch” Long and William Ralph Long; one sister, Wanda Jewell Robinson.

She is survived by one daughter, Eadie Holt of Lockesburg; three sons, Keith Stacy (Robin), David Stacy (Stephenie), and Anthony Stacy (Jayme) all of Lockesburg; a half-brother, Farris Webb “Junior” of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Memorial graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Audrey Sue Eudy House

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (10)Mrs. Audrey Sue Eudy House, age 82, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2024, at her home.

She was born on September 19, 1941, in Dierks, Arkansas. She was a secretary for Weyerhaeuser for 30 years, and after retirement, she was a cook for the Dierks Drive-In. Mrs. House was a huge Razorback fan.

Mrs. House was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Essie Westbrook Eudy; her husband, Larry Ray House; and one son, Kelly Roberson; two brothers, Herschel Eudy and Charles Eudy; two sisters, Clarice Roden and Janice Duggan.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Kara Moore (Antonio), Victoria Roberson, and Kyler Roberson; great-grandchildren, AJ, Ali, and Kayleigh Ikemire and Kaiden Moore; brother, Vernon Eudy (Connie) a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. House will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at the Dierks Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunshine Cemetery Fund, Farmers Bank, or P.O. Box 606, Dierks, Arkansas 71833.

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

Virginia Clyde Dodd

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (11)Virginia Clyde Dodd (Jinnie Clyde) age 79. A resident of De Queen, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior at the Bear Creek nursing home on April 25, 2024.

She was born on September 27, 1944, in Mobile, Alabama. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, watching her favorite show TBN, and listening to Christian music.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Martha Carlton, second husband, James Gass, Jr.; her brother Edward Carlton, and her son, Gary Bridges.

She is survived by five children, Ed Bridges and wife Mia, James Gass and wife Kristin, Jon Gass and wife Heather, Jeremy Gass and wife, Charlotte, and Crystal Dickerson and husband, Branden. Grandkids Jonathan, Cody, Eden, Elena (husband Timmy), Brandon, Haven, Nathan, Phoebe, Brooklyn, Jasper, Kylo, Isaiah, McKayla, Pierson, Maddox, Rhett, Allie, and Lane. Great grandkids, Paisley, AJ, and Auroa, and one on the way; and three nephews, Sean, Joseph, and Scott Carlton.

Funeral services for Ms. Dodd will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 29, 2024, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James D. Copp officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Mrs. Louise Icenhower

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (12)Mrs. Jessie Louise Icenhower, age 78, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in the Baptist Health Medical Center at Conway, Arkansas surrounded by her family.

She was born to Ollie S. and Jessie Cure Stover on April 13, 1946, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a 1964 graduate of De Queen High School and went on to receive her LPN. She married the love of her life, Darrel Phillip Icenhower in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 21, 1964, and to this union, four children were born. She was a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed reading, poetry, gardening, mowing the yard, hunting and anything that had to do with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 55 years, Darrel Phillip Icenhower, a sister, Mary Parker, and a brother, Ollie Joe Stover.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Brett Lowrey of Conway, Arkansas; three sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Kendra Icenhower of De Queen, Jerramy and Britney Icenhower of Conway, Arkansas, and Jason and Amanda Icenhower of Dierks, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren and their spouses, Lauren and Jarrod Corn, and Kaitlyn and Matthew Johnston all of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kale and Heather Icenhower of Benton, Louisiana, Sierra Wheeler and her fiancé, Omar Naser of Conway, Arkansas, Chris and Lindsey Icenhower, Jalen Key, P. J. Icenhower, and McKenna Icenhower all of Dierks, Arkansas, Teslee and Shawn Barkes of Newhope, Arkansas, Sydney Icenhower, Ty Icenhower, and Bo Icenhower all of Conway, Arkansas; ten great-grandchildren, Audrey Corn, Caleb Corn, Parker Johnston, Brooks Johnston, Adalyn Icenhower, Mary Reed, Gracie Reed, Scarlett Icenhower, Briar Key, and Aviana Barkes; three great-great-grandchildren, Hudson Lowrey, Ila Lowrey, Raygen Baggs; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jasper and Joy Mika Stover of Texarkana, Texas, and Henry and Renie Stover of Hamser, Idaho, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Service for Mrs. Louise Icenhower will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 27, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunshine Cemetery, Dierks, Arkansas. Visitation will be on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Don Higgins

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (13)Mr. Donald “Don” Marvin Higgins, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, April 18th, 2024.

He was born January 6th, 1947, in Gillham, Arkansas. Don was a 1964 graduate of Gillham High School and attended Henderson State Teachers College, where he graduated from Henderson with his teacher’s license. He coached at Bright Star, Arkansas for several years, worked at Baldwin Piano Company, Coy Wiles Conoco, and then returned to his passion of teaching and coaching. Don taught and coached at De Queen School District for over 15 years. Don was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ. Even though he loved and excelled at baseball and basketball in school, Coach Higgins’ passion was running. An avid lifelong runner (before running was cool), he accomplished much, running many marathons including the New York City Marathon and Pikes Peak Marathon. He used his love of running to start the cross-country program at De Queen, where he went on to win four state championships. He was inducted into the Arkansas Road Runners Hall of Fame in 2006 for outstanding contributions for road running in Arkansas. Coach Higgins was integral in starting the soccer program at De Queen High School, which has gone on to have great success and multiple state championships. He touched many lives, from the many kids he coached to the friendships he made in the running community.

Don is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Cheryl Higgins, his sister, Becky Styles, and parents Hazel Whitley and Marvin Higgins.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Matt Higgins of Hot Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Chet Pinkerton of Newport, Arkansas, and Susan and Mike Bishop of Fort Smith, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Althea Bishop. Cassidy Bishop, John Allen, and Clay Allen; as well as his niece, Missy and Steven Hughes of Germantown.

Funeral Services for Mr. Don Higgins will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 22nd 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Mike Bishop and Bob Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Smyrna Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel

William Kesterson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (14)Mr. William Sherrill Kesterson, age 78, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

He was born on September 28, 1945, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a member of Rockhill Baptist Church. Mr. Kesterson was a self-employed logger. He loved his church, coaching his kids in little league baseball, and enjoyed hunting and fishing,

Mr. Kesterson was preceded in death by his parents, William Olen and Marilyn Faye Smith Kesterson; his wife, Linda Kesterson; two sisters, Debra Perez and Sherri Schoolfield; one brother, Benny Kesterson.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lori Kesterson and Cole Kesterson all of Lockesburg; one stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Melynie and Nathan O’Rorke of Genoa, Arkansas; one sister, Sandra Kesterson of Chickasha, Oklahoma and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow in Old Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2024, at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Doris Ann Kirby

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (15)Doris Ann James Kirby, age 91, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas passed away surrounded by family at her home on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

She was born on March 8, 1933, in Nashville, Arkansas. She enjoyed Razorback basketball, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved gardening.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ruth James; her husband, Rex Kirby and infant great-granddaughter, Brylee Lynn Stapp.

She is survived by three children, Quinn and Annette Osborn, David Osborn, Lisa and Kevin Redden all of Dierks; six grandchildren, Brittany Hatridge of Lockesburg, AR, Joey and Amber Osborn of Nashville, AR, Cody and Kim Stapp of Berryville, AR, Jon and Whitney Stapp of Lockesburg, Tyler and Jacy Redden of Gun Barrel City, Texas, Trevor and Autumn Redden of Gun Barrel City, Texas; ten great-grandchildren, Lexi Neal, Will Neal and Kyzer Bush of Lockesburg, Bentley Osborn, Braelyn Osborn of Nashville, Creighton Stapp, Creed Stapp of Berryville, Zaylee Stapp, Asher Stapp of Lockesburg, Jaityn Redden of Gun Barrel City, Texas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Kirby will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2024, in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Nashville, Arkansas with Terry Martin, Mike Moore, and Micah Dawson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Elias Ocampo

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (16)Mr. Elias Ocampo, age 72, a resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Monday, April 15, 2024 in CHI St. Vincent Hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas , surrounded by his family.

He was born in San Vicente, Norte, Guerrero, Mexico, on April 17, 1951. Elias married his beloved wife in Mexico on December 23, 1971, was a retired employee of Pilgrims. Mr. Ocampo was a faithful member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed reading, praying, his vegetable garden, farming, listening to music, attending church, praying the rosary, but his best spent time was with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Pablo Ocampo.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Rosit Ocampo of De Queen; three sons, Rene and his wife, Maria M. of De Queen, Simon Ocampo and his wife, Maria G. of Horatio, Arkansas, and Bernardo Ocampo and his wife, Amalia of De Queen; three daughters, Luisa and her husband, Roberto Escobedo, Juana and her husband, Ismael Hernandez, and Reyna Ocampo all of De Queen; thirteen grandchildren; Sheyla, Britney, Berenice, Alexandra, Fernanda, Jacob Elias, Emmanuel, Angel, Ezequiel, Vanessa, Ricardo, Alejandro, and Gabriel; four great-grandchildren; Allison Milagros, Romeo Juan Pablo, Eliseo, and Emmanuel Jose; one sister, Sara Ocampo of De Queen, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held 3:00 P.M., Friday, April 19, 2024, in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Viewing will be on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 5:00 until 10:00 P.M., in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with the Rosary to be at 7:00 P.M. The viewing at Chandler Funeral Home will be on Thursday, April 18th from 10:00 until 5:00 P.M. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

El señor Elías Ocampo, de 72 años, residente de De Queen, falleció de esta vida el Lunes 15 de Abril del 2024 en el hospital CHI. St. Vincent en Hot Springs, Arkansas, rodeado de su familia.

El nació en San Vicente Norte Guerrero, México el día 17 de Abril del año 1951. Elías se unió en el sacramento de el matrimonio con su amada esposa en México el 23 de Diciembre del ano 1971, y fue empleado retirado de Pilgrim’s. El señor Ocampo fue un fiel miembro de la iglesia católica de Sta. Barbara en De Queen, Arkansas. El disfrutaba sembrar, leer, rezar, escuchar música en su grabadora, barbechar, ir a misa y rezar el rosario, pero su mejor pasatiempo fue estar reunido con su amada esposa, hijos, nietos, y bis-nietos.

El fue precedido en la muerte por sus papas Isabel Ocampo-Salgado y Natividad Bahena-Calderon, y su hijo Pablo Ocampo.

Para recordar su memoria, el deja a su amada esposa, Rosit Ocampo de De Queen; tres hijos, Rene Ocampo y su esposa Maria M. de De Queen, Simon Ocampo y su esposa Maria G. de Horatio, AR, Bernardo Ocampo y su esposa Amalia de De Queen. Tres hijas; Luisa y su esposo Roberto Escobedo, Juana y su esposo Ismael Hernandez, y Reyna Ocampo, todos de De Queen; 13 nietos: Sheyla, Britney, Berenice, Alexandra, Fernanda, Jacob Elías, Emmanuel, Ángel, Ezequiel, Vanessa, Ricardo, Alejandro y Gabriel; 4 bis-nietos: Allison Milagros, Romeo Juan Pablo, Eliseo Luis, y Emmanuel Jose; Una hermana, Sara Ocampo de De Queen, y un sin-numeros de sobrinos, sobrinas, y varios familiares y amigos.

La misa Funeraria será a las 3:00 P.M., el Viernes, 19 de Abril 2024, en la Iglesia católica de Sta. Barbara con el Padre Ramses Mendieta oficiando. La Visitacion será el Jueves, 18 de Abril, 2024, de las 5:00 P.M. hasta las 10:00 P.M. en la iglesia católica Sta. Barbara con el rosario a las 7:00 P.M. La visitacion en la funeraria de Chandler Funeral Home en De Queen, AR será el día Jueves, 18 de Abril empezando a las 10:00 A.M. hasta las 5:00 P.M. Los arreglos funerales se encomiendan a la funeraria de Chandler Funeral Home, de De Queen. AR. Para dejar una condolencia para la familia favor de visitar la pagina web: www.chandlerfuneral.com. Gracias.

Nadine Allen

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (17)Mrs. Audrey Nadine Talley Allen, age 77, resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at her home with family by her side.

Nadine was born one of five children to Hudie Ernest and Alice McGough Talley on August 25, 1946, in Goodwater, Oklahoma. Nadine was a 1964 graduate of Haworth High School and went on to attend college courses. After receiving her education, Nadine went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a quality inspector. With the USDA, Nadine worked in a number of different facilities but spent the majority of her career at Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, retiring after many years of dedicated service. Nadine was a member of Little River Community Church and enjoyed reading, going to church, riding around with her dogs, and picking on her family and friends. Nadine best spent her time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert Ridens; one brother, James Talley; and her beloved pups, Gizmo and Weirdo.

Nadine leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Chad Allen of Haworth; two grandchildren, Sara Allen of Horatio, and Cody Allen of Haworth; five great-grandchildren, TJ Allen, Sakura Allen, Beau Allen, Xzavier Allen, and Carma Allen; one brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Carolyn Talley of Eagletown; two sisters, Ernestine Watson of De Queen and Mary Hatfield of Horatio; special friends, Brandon Blackmon and Pat Brinkley; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Nadine Allen will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 28, 2024, at Little River Community Church in Winthorp. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Alvie “Wayne” Harder

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Alvie Dewayne “Wayne” Harder, age 72, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Born on August 20, 1951, in De Queen, Arkansas to Alvie Oliver Harder and Lydia Mae Murphy Harder, Wayne was a devout member of Grace Tabernacle in Ashdown. His passions included deer hunting, camping, and creating memories with his beloved family.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sherry Southerland Harder; his brothers, Gene Horsley, Bobby Dodson, Dale Dodson, and Dale Harder; and his sisters, Alecia Wilborn, Mary James, Irene Messer, and Louise Bauer.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Doyletta Lindsey Harder of Horatio; his sons, Bobby Harder of Horatio, AR, Joseph Southerland (Devon) of Grand Rapids, MI, and Jason Black of De Queen, AR; his daughters, Kathryn Harder Dykes of Alvarado, TX, Angela Harder of Horatio, AR; his grandchildren, Joseph Southerland, Jr. (Elizabeth), Tascha Southerland, Tiffany Southerland, Lucas Southerland, Chainey Southerland, Stephanie Harder Neal (Layton), Kayla Harder Schatzl (Steven), Shelby Harder, Jordan Barton, Nina Hernandez (Francisco), Trevor Wise, Kabrianna Harder, Morgan Stevens, Collin Adams; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Also left to remember Wayne are his brothers, Ricky Harder of Ashdown, AR, and Jimmy Glenn Harder of Euless, TX; his sister, Linda McDaniel (Ira) of De Queen; brothers-in-law, Donald Windy Wilborn, of Red Oak, TX, Mickey Mason (Jaime) of Las Cruces, NM; foster daughter, Ginger Hardin of Alvardo, TX, a number of nieces and nephews; and his best friends, Howard Adco*ck of De Queen and David Nunn of Wolf City, TX.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Harder will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in the Horatio Cemetery with Bobby Harder officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mary Anne Hicks

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (19)Mrs. Mary Anne Parker Hicks, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in the Sevier County Medical Center.

She was born to A. A., Sr. and Dorothy Davis Parker in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 4, 1951. Mary Ann married the love of her life, Charles “Chuck” Hicks in De Queen, Arkansas on June 10, 1967, and to this union, three sons were born. She was a cosmetologist for Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen, Arkansas, for more than 20 years. She was a professional barrel racer, where she was a member of the IPRA, WPRA, NBHA, and CRRA. Mary Anne had a passion for horses and dogs. She was professional power lifter, but her best time spent was taking care of her sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Gary Hicks, and brothers, Mike Reeves, and Dale Reeves.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 56 years, Chuck Hicks of De Queen; two sons, Charles Stephen Hicks, and Christopher Shawn and his wife, Debra, all of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Kayla and her husband, Chance Pearson of De Queen, Charles Aaron and his wife, Mikala Hicks of Mena, Arkansas, Cara Hicks of Foreman, Grace Zitsleberger of Hooks, Texas, Abigail Hicks of Foreman, Hazin Hicks, and Maverick Hicks both of De Queen; seven great-grandchildren; her brothers and their wives, Ronnie and Noni Reeves of Quincy, Illinois, and A. A., Jr. and Kim Parker of Eagletown, Oklahoma, as well as a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Anne Hicks will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, April 13, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Shawn Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2024, at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

James Dennis McAdams

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (20)Mr. James Dennis McAdams, age 71, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 7, 2024 at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 20, 1952 in Ida, Louisiana. He was a truck driver and a member of the New Life Church in Nashville. He enjoyed camping and turkey hunting.

Mr. McAdams was preceded in death by his parents, James Hershal McAdams and Mildred (Potts) Barry and one sister, Linda Nettles.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa and Todd Emerson and Kimberly McAdams; one son, Christopher McAdams; one brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Martha Gautney of Nashville; special niece, Samantha and her husband Shane McDowra all of Nashville, AR; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces, nephews and 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 atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Steven Gary Crawford, Sr.

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (21)Mr. Steven Gary Crawford, Sr., affectionately called, Steve, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, April 5, 2024, at his home.

He was one of five children born to Grace Truman and Arlie Ina Murray Crawford in Granite, Oklahoma, on February 1, 1948. He worked in logistics working for Ruan Transportation for 39 years, where he received the two-million-mile safe driving award. He later worked for L & J Excavation. Steve was a member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, and driving, but his passion was playing golf to the point where he had his own three-hole golf course, which he mowed every day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Eloise McArthur, and a brother, Jerry Crawford.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons, Steven, Jr. and Terrie Crawford of Winthrop, Arkansas, and Ronald Wayne and Nicole Crawford of Shorewood, Illinois; a daughter, Michelle Kathleen Worley of Nashville, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Caleb Crawford (Cora), Kaytlynn Franklin (Keith), Kaci Candler (Jeremy), Courtney O’Connor (Matthew), Kyle Crawford, Cara Crawford, Kimberly Crawford, Corrin Crawford, Jarrah Furr, and Charles Furr; his great-grandchildren, Byron Crawford, Foster Crawford and soon to be, Nolan Crawford; two brothers, Leon Crawford of De Queen, Arkansas, and Glen Crawford and his wife, Daytona of Mena, Arkansas; his special nieces and nephews, Lana and James Van Voast, Joe Crawford, Robin Crawford Dorsey, Lisa and J. P. Atkins, David and Allison Crawford, and Kelly and Tony Johnson, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Steven Crawford, Sr. will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 13, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steven Crawford and Bro. Ronald Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Bobby G. Lincoln

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (22)Bobby G. Lincoln, 77, peacefully passed away at his home on April 7, 2024.

Born on January 17, 1947, in Arkinda, Arkansas, to Syble and Herman Lincoln, he resided in Haworth, Oklahoma, and attended Winthrop Public School.

Bob married Sharon Eldridge in 1968.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Paula and Chad Teal; son, Jason and Melissa Lincoln; older brother, Sherman and Mary Lincoln; a younger brother, Mike and Kay Lincoln; brothers-in-law, David and Diana McMillian, and Tommy Eldridge. He is also survived by grandchildren, Hunter Bryant, Savannah Lincoln, Lukus Swafford (Teal), and Makayla and Shane Farley; nieces and nephews, including Ronda Lincoln, Lisa and Jason Green, Wendy and Tom Watson, Mitchell Lincoln; a special cousin, Bonnie Chamlee, and many more nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Syble and Herman Lincoln; brothers, Roy and Billy Lincoln; and granddaughter, Millee Grace Teal.

Family, friends, and others are invited for a graveside service at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2024, officiated by Audie Dawson, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Floy Allen Smith

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (23)Mrs. Floy Allen Smith, age 89, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was one of six children born to Walter Lee and Tompie Vera Willmon Allen. Floy was born on January 5, 1935, in De Queen, Arkansas. After graduating from High School, she worked as a bookkeeper and manager in many companies over the years. She was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, and card games, but most of all, she loved traveling all over the United States with her husband, H.L., and grandchildren in their RV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, H. L. Smith; her siblings, Joyce Smith, Marlin Allen, and Walter Allen, Jr.; her grandson, Joseph Patman Fox, and two nieces, Angela Needham Hartsfield, and Deborah Allen Love.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Monika Fox of De Queen; Her grandchildren, Randy Fox of De Queen, Tonya Fox of Texarkana, Texas, and Kelsey Fox of Pennsylvania; her great-grandchildren; Tanner Freeman of Texarkana, Arkansas, Taylor Monday of Searcy, Arkansas, Paige Vincent, and Aydan Marbut both of Texarkana, Texas; two great-great-granddaughters, three great-great-grandsons, two sisters; Carolyn Cowling of Springdale, Arkansas, and Marolyn, and her husband, Wendell Needham also of Springdale, Arkansas, a sister-in-law; Barbara Allen of Frisco, Texas, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Dale Gene Simer

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (24)Mr. Dale Gene Simer, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in De Queen.

He was born to Dale Robert and Geraldine Nalley Simer in Stringtown, Arkansas, on August 21, 1933. Dale was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving faithfully with the U. S. Army. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, where he was a locomotive mechanic for the D&ETO&E Railroad. He later worked for the U S Postal Service in maintenance. Dale was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a lock smith, a gun smith, and rebuilt antique tractors. If it was mechanical, Dale could fix it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Willie Jean Cox Simer, and Mary Jo Simer; his siblings, Glennie Gower Kabinonski, Alan Simer, Ronnie Simer, Milton Vann Simer, Verna Phifer, and a stepdaughter, Susan Riggs.

Dale leaves to cherish his memory; three daughters, Debbie and Richard Bailey of De Queen, Darla and Joe Smith of Rogers, Arkansas, and Marcie and Randy Hedge of De Queen; one son, Sonny and Tonya Simer of Plummerville, Arkansas; two step-sons and their wives; Richard and Louise Riggs of Chazy, New York, and Bobby and Valerie Riggs of Deland, Florida; one stepdaughter, Janet and her husband Gerald Denson of De Queen, eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services with Military Rites for Mr. Dale Gene Simer will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, April 5, 2024, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, with Sonny Simer officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arknasas.

You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Joe Allen Zanzeberg

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (25)Joe Allen Zanzeberg, age 85 a resident of Grannis, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at his home.

He was born November 15, 1938, in Grannis, Arkansas. He was a member of Grannis Baptist Church. Joe enjoyed going to church, Pruitts, hunting, auctions, visiting with friends, loved a bargain and listening to bluegrass music. He was retired from Tyson Foods.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, I.Z. and Ruth Lee Lichlyter Zanzeberg;

his wife, Jessie Faye Zanzeberg; one son, Rickey Zanzeberg and infant brother, Jackie Travis Zanzeberg.

He is survived one daughter and son-in-law, Diann and Wayne Wise; one son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Lisa Zanzeberg, one sister, Betty Golden and one daughter-in-law, Melissa Zanzeberg all of Grannis; eight grandchildren, Jason and Gina Goodman of Bentonville, Arkansas, Tiffany Wise of Grannis, Kellie Wise of Bentonville, Arkansas, Carlos and Kayla Rodriguez of De Queen, Chance and Courtney Zanzeberg of De Queen, Jorge and Carrie Abarca of Miami, Florida, Clint and Kim Brown of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Heath Zanzeberg of De Queen, Arkansas; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kensley, Meredith, Ale, Tabatha, Brailey, Kyndal, Annalise, Kaitlyn, Axton, Kristian, Colton, Sophie and Everlee and one niece, Retta Smith.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Zanzeberg will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2024, in the Grannis Cemetery with Billy Pritchett officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Helen “Kathy” Baker

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (26)Helen Katherine “Kathy” Crossland Baker, 72, of Foreman, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Monday, April 1, 2024, at home.

She was born on February 23, 1952, in Shasta County, California. She was a member of Prince of Peace in Foreman.

Kathy, our Momma/Mom/Granny, also referred to as Helen or Maw, was best known for her unconditional love and laughter. She had a heart of gold, a feisty spirit and the strongest, most generous, caring soul. She loved music, dancing, and was often the life of any party/gathering. She could make anyone laugh, and did daily, even on her toughest days. She endured a lot of heartache on this earth but never let it dull her spirit or kindness. She loved many as her own and welcomed everyone into her home and her heart. She taught us all how to love without judgement or boundaries. She had a true servant’s heart and was a mother/grandmother/friend to everyone she met. She was a precious soul who leaves a legacy of love to all that knew her.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, “J.D” Crossland and Kay (Barrett) Beard; her husband, Homer “Dale” Baker, and one son, David Baker; step-father, Pete Beard; and one brother, Thomas McBride.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sonja and Zon Cowan, Rhonda and Charlie Mac McDonald, and Michelle Baker Smith all of Foreman, AR; grandchildren, Cody Derrick, Chris Derrick and wife Allison, Kylie Cowan and fiancé Hunter White, Kenzie Cowan, Caden Smith, Carson Smith and Corbin Baker Baxley; great-granddaughter, Blakely Derrick; one brother, David Crossland; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Nance and J.B. Ferretiz; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services for Mrs. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Alleene Cemetery with Joyce Green officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mrs. Linda Gillaspy

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (27)Mrs. Linda Lou Gillaspy, age 78, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away from this life on Saturday, March 31, 2024, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born to Sherman Clifford and Opal May Watkins Sanders in Vandervoort, Arkansas, on August 19, 1945. She married the love of her life, Ronald “Ronnie” Lee Gillaspy in Hatton, Arkansas, on June 8, 1963. To this union, three children were born. She and Ronnie were active members of the Baker Rock Church. She worked in many capacities, but her favorite was manager of the Wickes E-ZMart. Linda was very active in her community and was a member of the Wickes Fire Department for 30 years, a member of the Wickes City Council, Wickes School Board, Wickes First Responder. In her youth, Linda enjoyed playing Softball and Basketball, but most of all she enjoyed antiquing, gardening, and watching her children and grandchildren play sports.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Roger Dale Sanders, Bobby Gean Sanders, Billie Loyd Sanders, Powell Sanders, Don Sanders, Jack Sanders, Dempsey Sanders, Boyd Sanders, Mary Ball, and Virginia Dansby.

She leaves to her memory, her beloved husband of 60 years, Ronnie Gillaspy; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory David and Michelle Gillaspy of Saint Cloud, Florida; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dena Gail Stacy, and Tina and Allen McKee, all of Wickes, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Ashly and her husband, Blake Simmons of Nashville, Arkansas, Shelby Kay and her husband, Kolton Ortiz of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, Nicole and her husband, Reece Womack of Magnolia, Arkansas, Chance Stacy and Konnor McKee both of Wickes, Arkansas, Kaylin, and her husband, Brian Strother of Vandervoort, Arkansas, and Matthew Lee Gillaspy of Saint Cloud, Florida; eight great-grandchildren, Kynlee Shackleford, Channing Shackleford, Brynlee Bagley, Kora Bagley, Lyndyn Ortiz, Hallie Grace Ortiz, Jack Womack, and Hayden Strother; three brothers, Jerry Sanders, and his wife, Kathy, James Sanders, and Dale Sanders, all of Wickes, Arkansas; two sisters, Noice Garner of Elk City, Oklahoma, and Gloria and her husband, A. J. Higginbottom of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a special friend, Susie Oliver, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Gillaspy will held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in the Church of the Nazarene, Wickes, Arkansas, with Bro. James Squires and Bro. Leon McCleskey officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery, Hartley, Arkansas. Visitation will be at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Arrangements are pending with Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Kathie Alene Bray

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (28)Kathie Alene Bray, age 54, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at her home.

She was born January 26, 1970, in McKinney, Texas. She lived in Holly Creek, Oklahoma, and then moved to Dierks, Arkansas in 1998. She loved cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and husband.

Mrs. Bray was preceded in death by her grandson, Hunter Lee Bray.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, James Olen Bray of Dierks, her parents, Gary Don Gray of Dierks and Kathie Ann Gray of Holly Creek, Oklahoma; her children, Britney Nicole Bray of Dierks, AR, David Kyle Bray and wife, Breanna Rachelle Bray of Dierks, AR, Bradley James Bray and Sheena, Marie Bray of Dierks, 13 grandchildren, Braydon James Foran, Braylee Ann Foran, Miranda Kaylene Foran, Destine Marie Jackson, Remington Kyle Bray, Kolton Gage Bray, Carson Lee Bray, Kylee Leeann Bray, Jacob Allen Scott, Hunter Cole Bray, Samuel Clayton Harkleroad, Tyler O’Ryan Harkleroad, and Kyle James Bray; her siblings, Bobby Wayne Gray and wife, Sheri Gray of Dierks, Gary Alvin Gray of Holly Creek, OK, Angela Darlene Deer and husband, Johnny Deer, Robert Don Gray, Richard Edward Gray, and wife Becky Gray all of Dierks and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The pallbearers will be Brandon Deer, Justin Deer, Bobby Gray, Richard Gray, and Robert Gray.

Graveside services for Kathie will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks with Jaron Tipton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral home in Dierks.

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

Michael Wayne Smith

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (29)Mr. Michael Wayne Smith, age 75, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Thursday,

March 28, 2024, at his home.

He was born on February 13, 1949, in Refugio, Texas. He served his country as a soldier

in the Army, in Vietnam, and owned his own trucking business for over 20 years. He

enjoyed being involved with the rodeos when he was a young man and when his children

were young.

He spent a majority of years working overseas as a government contractor. One of his

proudest accomplishments was building the MRAP, which saved many soldiers from severe injury and/ or death. He was a loving husband, and father to all of his children, and grandchildren, he counts being brought up in the church and being a lifelong Christian as one of his greatest accomplishments and he wishes for all of you to find the love and Salvation of Christ.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence D. and Ozie Irene Clowers Smith; brothers, Carlos (Sonny) Smith and Joe Smith; and sister, Jayne Lynn Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Smith; sister, Bettye Rodgers, and brother, Jack (Debi) Smith; two sons, Lee (Dee Ann) Smith, and Clay (Jamie) Smith; daughter, Laura (Nick) Moore; stepdaughters, Heather Turner Grabin and Ashli (Rob) Turner Walker; grandchildren, Leigha (Damon) Newman, Jessie Smith, Katie (Logan) Miller, Libby Smith, Garrett (Becca) Smith, Malory (Michael) Carlson, Wess Moore, Lindsey Baugher, Abigail (Blake) Gardner; Honorary Grandson, Charles Baugher; great-grandchildren, Asher Baugher, Emmie Walker, Gracen and Marley Gardner, Rosie Jackson, Poppy and Beau Newman, Dovie and Bear Smith and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Saline Church of Christ,1248 Hwy 26 E Delight, Arkansas 71940 with Roger Cox officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery in Murfreesboro, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2024, at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Leonard Max Wittman

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (30)Leonard Max Wittman passed away peacefully at his home in Hot Springs on March 27, 2024 one day after his 91st birthday. Max was born on March 26, 1933, in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Max was preceded in death by his father, Leonard J. Wittman, his mother, Wilamena (Rittman) Wittman, and his sister, Patsy Ahrens. Max is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis Goetz Wittman, his daughter, Tracy Dunn and her husband, Steven (Mountain Home), his grandson, Matthew Dunn and his wife, Jessica (Port Richey, FL), and his granddaughter, Katherine Young and her husband, Cole (Tampa, FL) and a niece, Linda Syler (Doug).

Max was raised in Stuttgart, attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Stuttgart High School in 1951. After high school Max joined the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After his discharge from the Army, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. It was during this time that he met his wife, Phyllis. After graduation, he and Phyllis moved to DeQueen, where Max worked for Dierks Forests Company and Weyerhaeuser Company as a manager in the Wood Products Division. At the time, there were no Lutheran churches in DeQueen, so Max became a Methodist. He served as chairman of the board at the churches in DeQueen and Hot Springs, and taught Sunday School, led Bible and book studies and served in many other capacities within the church. Over the years, Max has volunteered with the Gideons, served on various civic boards, served as a Stephen Minister and volunteered at The Caring Place.

Max was a friend to many, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and had a deep and unfailing love for his Savior. He had a good sense of humor, most of it self-deprecating, laughing at himself. In high school he was an excellent athlete and throughout his life maintained a passion for sports and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He also enjoyed duck hunting and fishing and spent many days doing both with his grandchildren. He enjoyed singing hymns, which he often did to inspire his family in the duck blind on those mornings when nothing seemed to be flying. Many wonderful memories were made during the times he spent with his family at his home on Lake Hamilton. Max loved the Lord and rarely missed an opportunity to share his faith with others. Max admonished his family with an ageless, timeless message that we, as believers, are indwelt with the Holy Spirit and God promised to never leave us and never forsake us.

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 10:00 am with visitation in the Christian Life Center thereafter. After the funeral there will be a burial at Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart, Arkansas at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Caring Place, First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs or The Gideons International.

Ruby Lee Vallee

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (31)Mrs. Ruby Lee Noey Vallee, age 77, a lifetime resident of De Queen, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in a Hot Springs Hospital, surrounded by family.

She was born to Earnest Murphy and Jessie Beatrice Stover Noey in De Queen, Arkansas on October 30, 1946. She was a 1964 graduate of De Queen High School and went on to work in many capacities, but her favorite was In School Detention for the De Queen Elementary School for the last eight years. She married the love of her life, Clarence Joseph “Yankie” Vallee on January 15, 1966, in De Queen, Arkansas, and to this union four sons were born. She was a founding member of the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a Boy Scout Leader for our local troop. She was an active member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, but her best time spent was with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Yankie, and a brother, Earnest Noey.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons and their wives, Robert and Kristy Vallee of Lockesburg, Joseph and Lori Vallee, Michael and Abby Vallee, and Larry and Amber Vallee all of De Queen; thirteen grandchildren, Rachael, Bekah, Russell, Cade, Cooper (Hailey), Cannon, Zachary, Garrett, Walker, Victoria, Gabby, Jack, and Saylor, three great-grandchildren, Bradleigh, Colton, and Chase; her sister-in-law, Jackie Noey of De Queen, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruby Vallee will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in the Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday, April 1, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are pending with Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jerry Ann Broadwell

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (32)Mrs. Jerry Ann Morris Broadwell, age 85, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Monday, March 25, 2024, in Sevier County Medical Center in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born October 14, 1938, in De Queen. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio. She loved her church, cooking, reading, and Razorback sports. She was retired from Wal-Mart.

Mrs. Broadwell was preceded in death by her parents, John Lewis and Effie Mae Kennedy Smith; her husbands, Omagene Morris and Harry Broadwell and one grandson, Jonathan Smith

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Quentin and Callie Morris of Nash, Texas, Kenneth Carroll and Joan of Fayetteville, Arkansas and JF and Casey Morris of Winter Garden, Florida; three daughters and one son-in-law, Brenda Kramer of De Queen, Arkansas, Pollyanna and Steve Smith of Horatio, Arkansas and Barbara Batchelor of Kansas City, Missouri; her grandchildren, Jason Morris, Shane Morris, Matthew Carroll, Jack Morris, Conley Morris, Keke Kramer Stafford, Michael Kramer, Amy Kramer McLelland, Jeffery Smith, Joshua Smith, Jacob Smith, Christopher Batchelor, Benjamin Batchelor, Casey Batchelor; 33 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Mrs. Broadwell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Lane Creech officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery in Horatio.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 29th at the funeral home.

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

Anthony Lynn Johnson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (33)Anthony Lynn “Tony” Johnson, 64, of Royal, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on April 16, 1959, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a service manager for Suttle Equipment for 35 years. He a licensed pilot for 28 years. He loved his Volkswagen cars, loved flying his airplane, and his radio control planes. Tony had special friends and family who filled in the gap when help was needed, his brother-in-law, Howard Covington, his special nephew, Payton Covington, his special friends at Suttle Equipment and Rick and Tina Fleming.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Larry Maurice, and Frances June Winton Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kelley Johnson; one sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Rick Fleming of Eclectic, Alabama; his children, Ashley and Julian Cheramie of Ashburn, Virginia, Jimmy and Shea Young of Conway, Arkansas, Zach and Nicole Young of Maumelle, Arkansas and twelve grandchildren. His dogs Rue and Radar and a special cat that claimed Tony as his own, Rudder.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2024, at Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks, with Tony Griffin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Young, Zach Young, Payton Covington, Judson Boyd, Bladen Young and Gracie Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Trevor Aucoin and Jaxson Young.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2024, at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Joyce Earlene Gentry

Mrs. Joyce Gentry passed from this life on March 24, 2024, to begin her eternal life. Joyce battled cancer over the past several years. She passed away at Retreat of Kenwood in Texarkana, Texas.

Mrs. Gentry was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Alma Cole; her brother John “Bootney” Cole, sister-in-law Priscilla, and nephew Rob Cole.

Joyce is survived by her husband Johnnie C. Gentry of Texarkana, Texas. She loved being Johnnie’s wife for 40 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Tammy Whatley, Palm Bay, Florida; stepdaughter, Shelly Gentry of Texarkana, Texas; Todd Whatley (Cherie) Texarkana, Arkansas; Leslie Lemley of Hooks, Texas; grandchildren Luke Gentry, Tyler Whatley, and Kayla Whatley all of Texarkana area; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Gentry is also survived by her aunt, Marie Adams of Texarkana, Arkansas along with cousins and their families in the Texarkana area. Special family of Tony Kindle of Longview, Texas.

Mrs. Gentry graduated from De Queen High School, De Queen, Arkansas in 1960. She attended Henderson State University. She was the retired office manager of Jackson Pipe and Steele, Texarkana, Texas.

Mrs. Gentry loved her life with her husband, Johnnie. They enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. Joyce and Johnnie were avid Carnival Cruisers and traveled to Alaska, Maine, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and several islands in the Caribbeans. She spent time supporting the Vietnam Veterans. Joyce baked numerous cakes each year and gave them to the Veterans, friends at Mc Alisters, Military Recruiting Offices, friends at Ozark Bank of Texarkana, friends at Bob Delgiorno’s KKTK Fox Sports Texarkana, and other special friends. Mrs. Gentry also crocheted numerous blankets for family, friends, and newborn babies. Joyce had a blast going to concerts with her daughter Tammy. Some of her favorites were Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryant, George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brookes, Tina Turner, and Keith Urban. Her favorite song was “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers. Joyce thoroughly enjoyed her favorite baseball team, the Texas Rangers and attended many games.

In lieu of flowers, please make monetary gifts to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Childrens Way, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Chapelwood Funeral Home, Kings Highway, Nash, Texas, with Rev. Steve Minter officiating.

A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service from 10:00- 11:00 A.M.

Glenna Lee Meadows Ward

Glenna Lee Meadows Ward passed from this life March 16, 2024 in the Sevier County Medical Center. Glenna was born November 29, 1939 in Stearns, Kentucky and was an original “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Glenna was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham, where in her younger days, she sang many specials as part of a trio with her sister-in-law, Emma Lee Mickle, and family friend, Clarice Roden. She had a passion for music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, Roscoe and Beulah Meadows, two brothers, Zethel (Bud) Meadows and James Meadows; one sister, Wanda Hamblin; a son, Kenneth Paul Ward; two grandsons, Tyrel Ward and Brandon Ward; and one daughter-in-law, Krista Lambert Ward.

She is survived by three sons, Bill Ward of De Queen, Terry Ward and his wife, Pamela, of Mena, Bob Ward and his wife, Angelina, of De Queen; one brother, Lemuel Meadows and his wife Joan, of Winfield, Tennessee; grandchildren, Kristy Rhode of Smyrna, Tennessee, Tessa White of Wickes, Arkansas, Michael Ward of Mena, Arkansas, Kristy Ward of Glendale, California, Kandice Ward of De Queen, Matthew Glasgow of De Queen, Jacob Glasgow of Bakersfield, California, and Kenlee Ward of De Queen. Great-grandchildren include Bailey Ward of Conway, Arkansas, Payzlee Ward of De Queen, Joslynn Glasgow and Alaina Glasgow of De Queen, and Benjamin Carver of New Hope, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held graveside at the Cossatot Cemetery on Saturday, March 30, at 11:00 a.m., officiated by family friend, Brother Steven Chenoweth.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Natasha Tidmore Brewer

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (34)Natasha Elaina Tidmore Brewer, age 48, a Texarkana, Texas resident passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

Natasha was born July 24, 1975 in Paris, Texas. Tasha was a loving wife (Boo Boo), Mother (Momma), Daughter, Grandmother (TaTa), Sister, Aunt and Friend. She was so full of life and energy with the most infectious laugh and smile. She was a champion of all people she came into contact with, she never met a stranger and could form a bond instantly, people just knew she did not judge and was a true shining light in this world. Her tribe could count on her to be there to pick them up, even if it was at the expense of herself, she truly believed in the inherent good of people. She had a special way with words, she knew exactly what to say to show you she cared and encourage others. She had a heart of gold, especially when it came to animals, her fur babies were loved as much as her human family, her favorite thing was to go to the lake to feed the stray cats and would be there daily with her husband Garry. She shared a life long love of cars with her Daddy and could tell you anything you wanted to know about any car.

She brought out the best in others, but her soulmate, her husband Garry was her shining light, they shared a love that surpassed all trials in life, together for 23 years they are true soulmates.

Her children Jeffery and Caylee were her happy place and she was always there ready to support and love them, she was so proud to be their momma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Elvis Tidmore and Frances Yvonne Cummings Martin; and one brother, Rick Minchew.

She is survived by her husband, Garry Brewer of Texarkana; two sons, Jeffery Mitchell and Dusty Brewer of De Queen; one daughter, Caylee Mitchell of De Queen; two brothers, Arnie Tidmore (Victor) of Houston, Texas, Derrick Raney (Anne) of Hugo, Oklahoma; two sisters, Charla Davis (Dwight) of Macclenny, Florida, Dana Nash (Bryce) of Hugo, Oklahoma; granddaughters, Laiken, Bella and Max Brewer; step-mother, Kaye Tidmore of Hugo, Oklahoma, step-father, Rick Martin of Grannis, Arkansas; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

A Celebration of Tasha’s Life will be held at a later date.

Tasha shared her heart and light with many and will be truly missed in this world.

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

James Cory Wildbur

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (35)Mr. James Cory Wildbur, age 35, passed away from this life on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Cory was born in Texarkana, Texas, on April 7, 1988. Cory graduated from De Queen High School in 2006, where he enjoyed playing sports. He was a diesel mechanic for Pilgrim’s and attended First Baptist Church of De Queen. Cory enjoyed fishing and car shows, but most of all, traveling with his daughters.

Cory was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jackee Andres; and his maternal grandfather, Phillip Piearcy.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughters, Shaylyn Wildbur of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Jayme Wildbur, Natalee Wildbur, and Saddie Wildbur all of De Queen, his mother, Patti Driver of De Queen; his father, Teddy Brock Bates of De Queen; his sister, Courtland Smith of De Queen; his brother Cameron Bates of De Queen; his paternal grandparents, Sheila and Al Lawrence of De Queen; his maternal grandmother, Beth Piearcy of Mena, Arkansas; nephew, Braden Valdez, a niece, Jaden Valdez; a very special friend, Courtesy Watson of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and the lady who he claimed as another grandmother, Sandra Sloan of De Queen; as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Arrangements are pending with Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

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Marilyn Jean Yandell Pressley

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (36)Mrs. Marilyn Jean Yandell Pressley, age 77, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life peacefully on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born to Lum and Leddie Chandler Yandell in De Queen, Arkansas, on July 11, 1946. Marilyn married the love of her life, Lonnie L. Pressley on March 31, 1961, in De Queen, Arkansas. While Lonnie made them a living, Marilyn made the living worthwhile. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and hummingbirds, but her best spent time was with her family, especially her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings; Bob Gibbs, Betty Perkins, and Leo Yandell, and her husband of over 57 years, Lonnie Pressley.

She is survived by two daughters; Lonnette Taylor of Horatio and Dina and her husband, Bennie Griffin of De Queen; a son, Lonnie (Bud) Pressley, Jr., and his wife, Christa of De Queen; five grandsons; Travis Pressley, Jeffrey Pressley, Dewayne Taylor, and Dustin Taylor, all of De Queen, Jr. Griffin, and his wife, Nichole of Lockesburg; two granddaughters; Darla Fawcett, and her husband, R. B. of Winthrop, Sharla Minor and her husband, P. J. of De Queen; eight great-grandsons; Blaine Pressley, Xander Pressley, Gunner Griffin, Rickar Fawcett, Ryder Fawcett, Riley Fawcett, Jacob Taylor, and Sam Taylor; six great-granddaughters, Lexie Minor, Landrie Minor, Livie Minor, Pressley-Kate Fawcett, Kynder Pressley, and Savannah Taylor; a great-great-granddaughter, Elliana Taylor, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marilyn Pressley will be held on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 24, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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Charles Benny Deaton

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (37)Mr. Charles Benny Deaton, known to family and friends as “Benny” age 76, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, passed from this life Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in Dierks, Arkansas surrounded by his family.

He was born to Charles Warren and Mary Lucienda Hammock Deaton on November 20, 1947, in Orange, Texas. Benny married the love of his life, Pamela Ruth Whisenhunt at Newhope, Arkansas, on December 23, 1979. To this union two children were born. He was a retired pipeline fitter, and was a poultry grower for Pilgrims. He was a Baptist and enjoyed fox hounds, hunting, fishing, and his best time was spent with his family and fur babies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pamela Deaton, and a sister, Melvia Harris.

He leaves to cherish his memory; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jennifer Deaton of Newhope, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Heath Bennett of Haskell, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Brian Stuard, Jaylen Stuard, Mazie Bennett, and Bo Bennett, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

No services are planned. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ruth Ione Taylor

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (38)Mrs. Ruth Ione McDaniel Taylor, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was born on August 27, 1931, in Dill City, Oklahoma. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, board games and crocheting. She loved spending time with her family and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Taylor; her parents, Mariam and Millie McDaniel; one son, Jeffery Don Taylor.

She is survived by her two sons, Jamie Lee Taylor of Searcy, Arkansas and Jerry Wayne Taylor of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one granddaughter and her husband, Camille and Christopher Kean of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one grandson and his wife, Hunter and KayLynn Key of Dierks, Arkansas; four great-grandchildren, Adelae Kean,

Kaydence Kean, Nolyn Kean, and Moxon Key and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Janice Ann Shaw

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (39)Mrs. Janice Ann Manasco Shaw, age 76, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, March 18, 2024, at Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

Janice was born on July 1, 1947, in Wenatchee, Washington, to Olden Rayford and Bonnie Jean Hunter Manasco, the first of three children. She was a 1965 graduate of Umpire High School, and later, on July 1, 1965, married the love of her life, Jerry Glen Shaw, in New Hope, Arkansas. Janice worked in different capacities over the years including time as a pharmacy clerk, sales and retail, woodworking, and making Christmas décor. She and Jerry often traveled to Canton, Texas to buy and sell their work. She and Jerry were members of the Lockesburg Church of Christ and Janice enjoyed camping, crafts, yardwork, flowers, and gardening. She best spent her time with Jerry, their daughters, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rayford Manasco; her loving husband of over fifty-six years, Jerry Shaw; and her brother, Donnie Manasco.

Janice leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters and sons-in-law, Denean and Rodney McWhorter of Lockesburg, and Deann and Michael Alexander of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Erin McWhorter and wife Brittney of Lockesburg, Morgan McWhorter and fiancé Jayla Jacques of Nashville, Brooke Alexander of Lockesburg, and Skylar Alexander of Lockesburg; two great-grandchildren, Zoey McWhorter of Lockesburg, and Maylee McWhorter of Nashville; one sister, Debbie Counts of Dierks; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Janice Shaw will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks. Chaplain Rufus Robinson and Bro. John Lindsey to officiate. Interment will follow. A general viewing will be held from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Joan Marie Compagna

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (40)Mrs. Joan Marie Smalley Compagna, age 91, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, March 18, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1932. She received her RN license through Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and in Dallas was where she met and married the love of life, Joseph Gerard Compagna. She worked in the De Queen Medical Center as an ICU RN with 37 years of service. Joan was a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, her children’s activities, and playing softball. Most of all, Joan was devoted to family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 67 years, Joe Compagna, and a grandson, Justin Watkins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Catherine and Donald Talley of Wickes, LTC (retired) David and Cheryl Compagna of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Kenneth Compagna of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Joseph Watkins, Gerald Watkins and his wife, Heather, Kyle Compagna, and Teresa Compagna; seven great-grandchildren, Eden Watkins, Bodie Watkins, Kalin Smith and her husband, Kameron, Joseph Bailey Watkins, and his girlfriend, Kylee Cody, Addison Watkins, Avery Watkins, and Gia Compagna; two great-great-grandchildren, Kase Smith and Kooper Smith.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 3:00 P.M., in St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Ramses Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in Duckett Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, March 22nd at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 until 6:30 P.M. A Rosery will follow at 6:30 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

William “H” Holley

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (41)William “H” Holley, 97, was born January 2, 1927, and left this earthly home and entered his heavenly dwelling at 6:35 p.m., March 17, 2024.

William was well known in Possum Hollow for growing the best tomatoes and other produce. He was proud to peddle to locals and took great pride in his garden. He was a great outdoorsman. Spent many hours on the lakes fishing and in his later years could be found on the banks of Star of the West casting a line. For years he kept their freezers full of deer meat too. He loved being out in God’s creation whether it be hunting, fishing, gardening, mowing, tending to his yard, and fruit trees.

William was also one of the last WWII Veterans. He was proud to serve his country and if you had a minute he would tell about his “boat ride” over the big pond during the war. He loved his country, he loved his freedom. He loved his wonderful wife of almost 60 years, he loved his girls and all of his grand and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Holley and Mittie Newman Holley, brother Earl Holley, sister Nancy Holley, daughter, Debbie Holley Lawrence, grandson Casey Lee Mackey all of Clinton, Arkansas.

Survived by his loving and adoring wife Lana Goodson Holley, of Dierks, Arkansas; brother Billy Holley and wife Marilyn of Shell Knob, Missouri, daughter, Sharon Huie and husband Johnny of Clinton, Arkansas, daughter Lisa Michaud and husband Mike of Dierks, Arkansas; grand-daughters Shelly Ross and husband Mike of Jonesboro, AR, Jessica Michaud Hayes and husband Talvin of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Charity Wolf and Aaron Mick of Clinton, Arkansas, grandson, Lane Michaud and wife Cynthia of Nashville, AR., great-grands, Christian Mackey, Desting Mackey, Katilyn Mackey of Bee Branch, Arkansas, Clay Ross of Texarkana, Kersty Lybrand and husband Chase of Russellville, Arkansas, Braden Ross of Jonesboro, Carter Lane Michaud and Mason Garrett Michaud of Nashville, and Maebell Mick of Clinton, and 4 great-greatgrandchildren.

William was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Dierks, for 39 years serving in many capacities. He loved attending the gospel singings and enjoyed his special friendships

A celebration of William’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2024, at Bethany Baptist Church in Dierks with Archie “Chief” Phillips, Larry Eason and Calvin Parker officiating, burial with Military honors will follow at Allen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks, Arkansas.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

Martha Ann Hullen

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (42)Mrs. Martha Ann Carter Hullen, age 90, resident of Heber Springs, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs.

Martha was born on March 6, 1934, in Coban, Oklahoma, to Pete Melvin and Zona Mae Holt Carter, one of four children. Martha was a Homemaker, spending her years raising her children and keeping her home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen and was a member of AARP. She enjoyed camping, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, and playing Bingo. For the last eight years, Martha has been a resident of StoneBridge Assisted Living in Heber Springs. During her time at StoneBridge, Martha led an active lifestyle participating in different activities, including her cherished Bingo time, twice a week. Martha was invited to participate in a senior citizen beauty contest where she was recognized as District Beauty Queen, to later compete at the state level. Martha best spent her time with her loving family and friends at StoneBridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete Carter and Zona Holt Carter Cox; her husbands, Pete Hicks and F.G. “Jack” Hullen; her daughter, Marsha Ann Wallace; one brother, Murray Dale Carter; and two sisters, Thelma Caplinger and Mary Louise Nichols.

Martha leaves to cherish her memory, her children and their spouses, Michael Lee Lingo, Roger Allen and Alison Gray, Eva Elaine Sherman, Patty David Moss, and Ron and Ginger Hicks; five grandchildren, Daniel Sherman, James Sherman, Austin Wallace, Michael Moss, and Eric Moss; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relative and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Martha Hullen will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Denison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Maria Del Gonzalez

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (43)Mrs. Maria Del Gonzalez, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, March 17th at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 4, 1958 in Viesca, Coahiula De Zaragoza, Mexico. She was a former employee of Poulan, as well as a homemaker. Mrs. Gonzalez was of the Pentecostal faith, and enjoyed cooking and her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benito Aguilera and Maria Dolores Lopez, her husband, Usbaldo T. Gonzalez.

She leaves to cherish her memory, five sons, Usvaldo Gonzalez of Houston, Texas, Jose Gonzalez and his wife, Tasha of Nashville, Arkansas, Mario Gonzalez of Colorado, Benito Gonzalez and Arnulfo Gonzalez both of De Queen, seven grandchildren, as well as other family members.

A private burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

Sherry Danella Nelson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (44)Mrs. Sherry Danella Ford Nelson, age 61, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, March 14, 2024, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with her loving family at her side.

Sherry was born one of three children to Dan Russell and Evelyn Avalyne Thomas Ford on November 1, 1962, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a 1981 graduate of Horatio High School, and later, on June 30, 1988, married the love of her life, James William Nelson, in Horatio. Sherry worked a number of years as a Pharmacy Tech for Harris Drug in De Queen and later in the warehouse at Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen. She was of the Baptist faith and cherished the time spent with James, their children, and loving grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Ford; one brother, Russell “Rusty” Ford; and Chelsea Richardson and Rachelle Easlon, whom she loved as her own daughters.

Sherry leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over thirty-five years, James Nelson of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jami and Zane Moore of De Queen, and Jennifer and Mike Deaton of New Hope; she was Nanny to her doting grandchildren, Abbi Wester Moore, Dani Wester Moore, Ruston Moore, Oliver Moore, Brian Stuard, and Jaylen Stuard; her father, Dan Ford of Horatio; sister and brother-in-law, LaDonna and Danny Goins of Horatio; special daughters, Jessica (CJ) Tugman, Taylor Wittington, and Caitlan Vaught, all of Horatio; nieces, Kristi (Wade) Scott, Holly (Steve) Jarrell, and Codi (Jeff) English; great-nieces and nephews, Brantley (Sierra) Jarrell, Tucker Scott, Cali Jarrell, Erin English, and Elliot English; great-great-niece and nephew, Marshall and Rory; James’ siblings, Vince Nelson and wife Margarita of Palm Bay, Florida, and Mary Cook of De Queen; as well as a number of other relatives and dear friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Sherry Nelson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 18, 2024, at West Otis Cemetery in Horatio. Bro. Tim Johnson to officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Keith Allen Busby

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (45)Mr. Keith Allen Busby, age 61, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in the National Park Medical Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Keith was born in De Queen, Arkansas on July 28, 1962, and was a graduate of De Queen High School in 1980. He attended Cossatot and received his degree in Electronics from Henderson State University. He was a supervisor of fabrication with Husqvarna with 32 years of service. Keith was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed outdoors, hunting, online games, and flying miniature airplanes, but his best time spent was with family and friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his dad, Curtis Cox.

He is survived by a daughter, Callie Jane Busby of Kirby, Arkansas; his mother, Donna Cox of De Queen; his sister and brother-in-law, Carla and Buddy Shelton of De Queen; two nephews, Bryan Shelton and his wife, Ashley of De Queen and Eric Shelton and his wife, Ashley of Mulberry, Arkansas; a great-nephew, Ty Shelton, and a great-niece, Emery Jane Shelton both of De Queen, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 2:00 P.M., at the Mt. Ida Cemetery Pavilion with Bryan Shelton officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery. The family will visit with friends after the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. Milton Morris

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (46)Mr. Milton Morris, one of seven children born to Robert Nathan and Tabitha Louisia Morris, passed Sunday, March 10, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Gillham, Arkansas, on August 25, 1941. Milton married the love of his life, Frances Marie Ruth on June 30, 1960. Milton worked in timber all of his adult life, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham. He enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, selling produce, and woodworking, but his best time spent was with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Milton was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his parents, a son, Doyle Morris and his siblings, Joyce Hargis, Bobby Morris, Vernon Morris, Keith Morris, and James Carl Morris.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children; Stan Morris of Gillham, Terry and his wife, LaVersa Morris of Grannis, Kent Morris and Nita Irvan of Gillham, Michelle and her husband, Larry Bohannon of Gillham, Bane and his wife, Denise Morris of Smithville, Oklahoma, and Amber Morris of Gillham; his grandchildren, Andy Morris, Cage Morris, Grant Morris, Jerrod Morris, Megan James, and Brent James; his great-grandchild, Hank Davis, and his sister, Judy Smith of Gillham, as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Milton Morris will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church in Gillham, Arkansas, with Bro. Cole Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow in the Overturf Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Amber Morris, 385 Mineral Road, Gillham, Arkansas 71841. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Sandi Wilson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (47)Mrs. Sandra Jean Hurst Wilson, affectionately called “Sandi” by family and friends, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Texarkana surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born to George W. and Jean Lucy Danforth Hurst in Kansas City, Kansas on August 31, 1946. She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She worked in this profession from 1976 until she retired in the fall of 2023. She married Ray Wilson in De Queen, Arkansas, June 4, 1982, and was a member of the De Queen First Assembly of God Church. She was a member of the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce, and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and especially painting.

She was preceded in death by her parents George W. Hurst and Jean Lucy Danforth Hurst.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Ray Wilson of De Queen; son Jason Jones and wife Jennifer of Springdale; three beloved grandchildren who called her “Nonnie”: Jenna, and Jacob Jones, and Jaxon Conley of Springdale; daughter Leah Hanson and husband Patrick of De Queen; beloved fur-grandbabies: Tigger, Daisy, Snowflake, Astrid, Diana, and Brownie; sister Patty Thompson and husband Jesse of Conway; niece Erin Whitley and husband Shane of Conway; nephew Rhett Thompson of Conway and his son, Maddox Thompson; her sister Alison Brown and husband Bobby of Greenbrier; nephew Brian Edwards and wife Heather and their children, Gordon, and Gray Jones, and Bennett Edwards of Damascus; niece Ashlee Bowden and her husband Ryan and their children, Pearson Massey, Nicole, Zachary, and Oliver Bowden of Mayflower; among many other extended family members and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sandi Wilson will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 3:00 P.M., in the De Queen First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Ryan Bowden officiating. Burial will follow in Sweet Home Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the De Queen First Assembly of God Church. Services are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send a condolence message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Ruth Lee Rogers

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (48)Ruth Lee Rogers, 71, of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away on March 5, 2024.

She was born January 23, 1953, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to proud parents, Joaquin (Shull) and Gerald Rogers. Daughter of a naval man, she lived throughout the states, finally settling down where she ultimately called home, Norman, Oklahoma.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Ruth was a Registered Nurse by trade and remained one at heart after she changed careers later in life. A lifelong animal lover, she spoiled many a’pet and even dabbled in equestrianism. An avid reader, the only time you found her without a book in hand was when they were full of the gifts she would frequently bestow upon those she loved. Ruth rounded out her career as a proud employee of Legal Aid, where she looked forward to each day around the many colleagues she called friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Rogers; and mother, Joaquin Rogers.

She is survived by her younger brother, Gerald Rogers and his spouse, Tracy; niece, Kacey Russell and her spouse, Michael and their children, Samuel and Juliet; nephew, Robert Rogers; godson, Masen Almond; cherished friends, Anne Kincaid, Peggy Nelson Laizure, Linda Scott and Molly Gorzney; and beloved cats, Cotton and Hunter.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Rogers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Ronald Lee Lowrey

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Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (49)Mr. Ronald Lee Lowrey, age 81, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 with family by his side.

He was born to Dwight R. “D.R.” and Nobie Martin Lowrey on January 17th, 1943. On March 18th, 1967, Ron married the love of his life, Janet. They were married for 53 years.

Ronald was a graduate of De Queen High School and after, went on to own and operate “Ron’s Auto Repair” on Stillwell Avenue in De Queen where he took care of the vehicle repair needs for many in Sevier County until he retired in 2008.

While he loved fixing cars, and restoring Broncos and antique trucks, he had an even bigger passion for music. A member of the former Gene Argenbright Band, Ronald will be known and remembered for his musical abilities on a guitar, the good ole days of songs and playing true country music, and his love for “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” whether it was hosted on the front porch of his home, the party barn, or other local events and venues.

While his love of music was strong, the love he had for his children and grandchildren was even stronger. A grandfather to 7 and a great-grandfather to 7, and 2 on the way, Ronald spent much of his time catering to his grandkids teaching them the tips and tricks of life skills, gardening, hunting, and cooking. He and Janet were a refuge for them when his grandkids wanted to run away from their mean parents, or just to hang out on the porch and visit. He made all the fun memories of a childhood with them that a grandparent possibly could, complete with a custom-built tree house, bag swing, and the perfect weenie roasting spot down at Wilson Creek.

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janet, a sister, Patricia VanMeter, and a son-in-law, Dwayne Miller.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his most prized companion, Dash the malti-poo whom he loved more but spanked way less than his 3 children; Sandy Miller-Huntsberger of De Queen, Leah Harper (Joey) of Lockesburg, and Brett Lowrey (Deborah) of Conway, Arkansas. Seven Grandchildren, Ashley Eeds (Jason) of Broken Bow, Callie Efird (Brad), Grayson Coleman, Morgan Miller, Blake Lowrey (Marley) all of De Queen, Austin O’Rand (Jordan) of Harrah, Oklahoma, and Alec Lowrey of Fort Smith. His great-grandchildren, Carson Coleman and Maddie Eeds, Hudson and Ila Lowrey, Dallis, and Zayden O’Rand, and Sloan Efird as well as, nieces, nephews, a host of great friends and talented musicians.

Graveside Services for Mr. Ronald Lowrey will be held at Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen at 10:00 am, March 16th, 2024 with Shane Harrmeyer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

Barbara Jean Carlton-Reid

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (50)Barbara Jean Carlton-Reid was called home on March 3, 2024. Born July 1, 1954, she was a creative soul that touched her family with her beautiful art, bird photography, unique interior designs as well as gardening. Her artistic spirit will forever be part of our hearts and homes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Francis Boulet and Elma Jean Dooley, and her late husband, Edward Hines Carlton.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin (Sonny) Reid; her three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott & Denise Carlton of Denver, CO, Sean and Tiffany Carlton of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Joseph and Kayla Carlton of Hallsville, TX; two step-daughters, Alisha, and Courtney Reid; four sisters, Michelle Simon of Lafayette, LA, Yvonne Wright of Laurel, MS, Bernadette Bartley of Coventry, CT, and Stephanie Bollinger of Houma, LA; nine grandchildren and six great step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled.

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

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

Kenneth Charles Irvan

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (51)Kenneth Charles Irvan, born on July 11, 1946, in Yorktown, Virginia, embarked on his final journey and peacefully passed away in Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 3, 2024, surrounded by his loving family and great friends. He was the beloved son of Leonard Taylor Irvan and Maypearl Dorsett Irvan, who preceded him in death.

Kenneth was a man of many dimensions, dedicating his life to various pursuits that enriched the lives of those around him. He was a loving husband to his beloved wife Ramona Ponder Irvan, whom he married on June 18, 2005, and shared 19 beautiful years together. Their bond was unbreakable, a testimony to the power of love and commitment.

Kenneth was a proud veteran, dedicated to his country and fellow servicemen. After obtaining a Master of Divinity degree from Brite at TCU and being ordained to the Christian ministry by Central Christian Church in Texarkana in 1977, Kenneth served in the Army as a Chaplain, gaining the rank of Major.

After his military service, Kenneth earned a Master of Education degree from LSUS. Even after this second master’s degree, he continued to enroll in history and liberal arts courses for the pleasure of learning. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable, reflected in his love for reading books and exploring his ancestry with a passion that inspired all those around him. He also found joy in using his metal detector to explore for hidden treasures, mirroring his innate curiosity.

Baptized in the cold creek waters of Sevier County, Arkansas, Kenneth’s faith in God persevered through the storms of life. Until his health prevented it, he led Bible discussions with cherished friends at his church. His favorite topics were Old Testament history, Biblical archaeology, and ethics.

Kenneth’s character was a tapestry of virtues – kind, loving, loyal, funny, dedicated, and determined were just a few of his amazing characteristics. His presence brought warmth and laughter to every gathering, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege to know him. He touched the lives of many with his generosity and compassion, making the world a better place through his actions and words.

Left on this earth are his beloved wife; his two sons Jonathan Irvan and Brian Irvan with wife Tracie; his cherished grandchildren Zermanda Grenier, Olivia Swift O’Neill, Cameron Irvan, Chance Irvan, Katie Irvan, and Cody Irvan; and a soon-to-be born great grandson. Their memories of Kenneth will live on in their hearts.

As we bid farewell to Kenneth Charles Irvan, we honor his legacy of love, faith, and service. May his spirit soar among the heavens, where he will continue to inspire and watch over us with his gentle smile, contagious laughter, and unwavering love and grace. Rest in peace, Grandpa Ken. Your light will forever shine brightly in our hearts.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Broadmoor Baptist Church Memorial Chapel, 4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana. Public viewing and visitation will begin an hour earlier at 1:00. Interment will follow the next day at 11:00 at Clear Creek Cemetery, located one and a half miles due east of Horatio, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are organized by Boone’s Funeral Home of Bossier City, Louisiana.

Due to Ken’s many years as a Chaplain to servicemen, a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project would honor him.

Jimmy Lynn Sharp

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (52)Jimmy Lynn Sharp died peacefully with his wife by his side on Monday, March 4, 2024. Everyone who knew Jimmy knew of his calm, quiet, peaceful spirit. Jimmy owned Sharp’s Machine Shop and later, Jim’s Farm Repair, both in Lockesburg, Arkansas, where he worked as a machinist and tool and die maker.

Jimmy was born on September 3, 1943, to John T. Sharp and Mildred Crawford Sharp, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents, John Tyre Sharp and Mildred Crawford Sharp of Lockesburg, Arkansas, his brother, Richard Allen Sharp, of Daingerfield, Texas, and his half-brother, J. T. Sharp of Daingerfield, Texas.

Jimmy is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Barbara Slaton Sharp, his daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Mat Whitworth of Alma, and his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Mark Johnson of Russellville. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Jonathan Terry of Fayetteville, Zachary Whitworth of Springdale, Taylor Whitworth Parker and husband, Michael, of Mesa, Arizona, Jordan Terry and wife, Candace, of Hot Springs, and Jacob Whitworth and wife, Mariny, of Conway. Jimmy also has two great-grandchildren, Millie Jane Parker and Benjamin Oliver Parker, of Mesa, Arizona.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg, Arkansas with Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

General viewing will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Larry Higgins

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (53)Larry Steve Higgins, 77, passed away in Texarkana, Texas, in the morning of Friday, March 1, 2024.

Larry was born in Portland, Oregon, and in 1948 moved to De Queen, AR, with his family, where he resided for 73 years.

He graduated from De Queen High School in 1964, afterwards joined the United States Airforce, serving 4 years.

Larry met the love of his life on a blind date, and were married on August 14, 1970 for 53 years!

He was a member of the American Legion and Gideons International. An Ordained Deacon and Church Treasurer at Friendship Baptist of De Queen.

Larry retired in 2009, after 41 years as a Railcar Mechanic from De Queen Eastern Railroad.

In 2012, he completed an Associates of General Studies, a Certificate of Proficiency, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Cossatot Technical College, University of Arkansas.

Larry enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques and cutting fire wood. He will be remembered for his honesty integrity his faith and loyalty to the Lord.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Inda and Earl Higgins and one sister, Judy Moses.

Survived by his wife, Vickie Carol Higgins; daughter, Melissa and Art Turnley of Texarkana, Texas; son, Scott and Brenna Higgins of Texarkana, AR; four grandsons, Sawyer, Langston, Asher Turnley, and Rhett Higgins.

Funeral Services for Mr. Higgins will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2024 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Carlos Trapp and Scott Higgins officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://www.gideon.ord (Gideon International)

The family would like to thank Gentiva Hospice and Waterton Nursing Home in Texarkana, Texas.

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

Ann Bokren Johnny

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (54)Ann Bokren Johnny, age 28, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, February 5, 2024 at UAMS in Little Rock.

Ann was born September 23, 1995 in the Marshall Island.

She is survived by her parents, Johnny Johnny and Tina Lake, three brothers, Manty Ken, Mullahusayn Silk, Nicko Johnny; bio father, Hemmy Langmos; three sisters, Christy Jiwirak, Tijen Jortak, Susanda Johnny; several aunts, Carina Johnny, Takjen Juna, Jennifer Langbata, Sandy Jiwirak, Miliana Lake, Isabella Langmos, Keyomina Johnny; uncles, Lake Lake, Cornelius Langmos, Herien Lake; grandma, Takanu Takmmij-Johnny; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ann will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024 in the Faith and Deliverance Center in De Queen, Arkansas, with Jack Hesa officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Geraldine Welch

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (55)Mrs. Geraldine Lambert Welch, age 99, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Wadley Medical Regional Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 7, 1924 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She graduated from Magnolia A&M which is now Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. Mrs. Welch was a secretary for Tulsa Public School System. She moved back to Winthrop in 1979 to help manage Lambert Drug Store, that was owned by her family. She was a lifelong member of Winthrop Methodist Church, where she was very active and she was on the Campground Cemetery Board. She loved her family and enjoyed gardening, sewing, and was an excellent cook.

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Addie Morgan Lambert; and her husband of 50 years, Louie John Welch.

Mrs. Welch is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Patty Welch of Winthrop, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Brian Welch and wife Rachele of Winthrop, Lauren Abney of Ashdown, Arkansas; two step granddaughters, Heather Cox of Colorado, Britney Cox of Winthrop; four great grandchildren, Henry Welch, Haddie Welch, Carson Horn and Laynie Horn; special family friend, Nancy co*ker; and a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Welch will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2024 in the Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family would like to thank the staff at Little River Nursing and Rehab, who she thought of as family.

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

Mr. John McDonnell

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (56)Mr. John Richard McDonnell, age 65, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Monday, February 26, 2024, at home with his loving family by his side.

John was born June 6, 1958, to William Andrew and Paulin Louvon Flournoy McDonnell, in De Queen. He was a 1978 graduate of De Queen High School and later, on May 22, 1981, married the love of his life, Nina Ruth Marshall, and to this union, two children were born. John worked in Maintenance for Poulan, retiring in 2019, following thirty-two years of service. Following his retirement. John later went to work for the De Queen School District, again working in Maintenance. John and Nina are members of Chapel Hill Baptist Church in De Queen, and John enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time on the river with his family, and building things with Clayton. John best spent his time with Nina, their children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Rosemary McDonnell.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of over forty-two years, Nina McDonnell of De Queen; their children, Clayton McDonnell and wife Candice of De Queen, and Kelsey McDonnell of Atlanta, Texas; he was “Poppy” to his three doting grandchildren, Jadi McDonnell, Marli McDonnell, and Payton McDonnell; three brothers, William Andrew McDonnell, Jr. of Texarkana, Arkansas, Marion McDonnell of De Queen, and Kenny McDonnell and wife Vicki of De Queen; one sister, Cathy McDonnell of Texarkana, Texas; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. John McDonnell will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, March 1, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave condolences online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mr. David Hennard

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (57)Mr. Gerald David Hennard, affectionally called, David, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, February 23, 2024, in the Sevier County Medical Center, De Queen.

He was one of four children born to Roy Allie and Gertie Mae Ross Hennard. David was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 13, 1947. He was a retired crane operator and attended the De Queen First Assembly of Church. David married Juanda Jean Smalling in De Queen, Arkansas on February 24, 1980. He had a passion for fishing, hunting, tinkering, working, but his best time spent was with Juanda, his family, and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

David was preceded by his parents, and his sisters, Patsy Wilson and Marilyn Houser.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 44 years, Juanda, his sons, David Scott Hennard and his wife, Dianne King of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jason Bradley Hennard, and his partner, Jackie Cupples of Clearwater, Florida, and Don and his wife, Tammy Clay of Hope, Arkansas, his daughters, LaJuanna Baggs and Jose Olalde of De Queen, Arkansas, and Mistie and her husband, Marty Arivett of Langley, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Jordan and her husband, Cory McMellon, Madison and her husband, Brenden Camp, and Zachary Clay; his great-grandchildren, Maxx McMellon, Juliet Kate McMellon, and Caroline Elaine Camp; his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Sally Hennard of De Queen, Arkansas. David is also survived by his wife’s family, a brother-in-law, Jim and Donna Smalling of Idabel, Oklahoma, his sisters-in-law, Marilyn and her husband, Melvin Baker of Hochatown, Oklahoma, Carolyne Davidson of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Brenda Sullivan of Texarkana, Texas, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. David Hennard will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 10:00 A.M. in the De Queen First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Rev. Lyn Gaskey officiating. Interment will follow in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Frances Morris

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (58)Mrs. Frances Marie Ruth Morris, age 79, resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

Frances was born the first of three children to Lee Franklin and Virginia Rachel Staggs Ruth on December 26, 1944, in De Queen. After attending school, Frances married the love of her life, Milton Morris, on June 30, 1960, in Texarkana, Arkansas, and to this union, seven children were born. Frances was a Homemaker, spending the majority of her time keeping their home and raising her children. Later, Frances drove a school bus, driving sixteen years for the Gillham School District and one year for the De Queen School District before her retirement. She and Milton are members of the Gillham First Baptist Church, and former members of the Gillham Fire Department, having given many years of service. Frances was a faithful patron of and enjoyed being involved with the Gillham Library. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, book collecting, and gardening. Frances best spent her time with Milton, their children, and her loving grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Doyle Morris.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of over sixty-three years, Milton Morris of Gillham; six children and their spouses, Stanley Scott Morris of Gillham and wife Rosiemy of Dumaguete, Philippines, Terry Gene Morris and wife LaVersa of Grannis, Michael Kent Morris and Nita Irvan of Kellum, Michelle Lannette Bohannon and husband Larry of Gillham, Bane Morris and wife Denise of Smithville, Oklahoma, and Amber Le An Marie Morris of Gillham; six grandchildren, Terry Andrew Morris, Michael Cage Morris, Brandon Grant Morris, Jerrod Lee Morris, Megan (Clayton Davis) James, and Brent James; one great-grandchild, Hank Davis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donnie Lee and Debbie Ruth of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Danny Ray and Sheila Ruth of Lockesburg; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Morris will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the Gillham First Baptist Church with Bro. Cole Lancaster officiating. Interment will follow at Overturf Cemetery in Gillham. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The family will be at the home of Amber Morris, 385 Mineral Road, Gillham, Arkansas 71841.

Donald Gillespie

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (59)Donald Lee Gillespie, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Sevier County Medical Center in De Queen.

He was born May 5, 1953 in Huntsville, Arkansas. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served during Vietnam, and attended the First United Methodist Church in De Queen. He loved building and collecting trains, and was an activist and mentor for Alcoholic Anonymous, through which he met a lot of families and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Neta Stevens Gillespie and one brother, Jimmy Gillespie.

Donald is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Ashleigh Gillespie of Alma, Arkansas, Donald Gillespie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two daughters and son-in-law, Ashley Hilson and David of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jessica Hockersmith of New Boston, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, Gavin, Andrian, Aleena, Kalel, Rhett, Rory, Lynlee, Alyssa, Riley, Junior, Grayson, Jayson and Teri; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlie and MelaDee of Mt. Burg, Arkansas, Vernon and Jan Brown and Doyle and Lynn Brown; two sisters, Navelta Smith Dorsy of Mount Vernon, Texas and Ruby and Billy Randall of Mount Vernon, Texas ; close friend and mentor to Rose Lyons and Robert Manley both of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Gillespie will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at First United Methodist Church in De Queen with brother Steve Copley officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mitchell Ray Ward

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (60)Mitchell Ray Ward, age 60, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 15, 2024 at his home.

He was born August 28, 1963 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a logger for Mark Eason Logging for the last ten years, and cut logs for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, cutting down pine trees, and loved his family, especially his grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Francis Deer Ward and one brother, William Ward.

Mitchell is survived by his wife, Michelle Ward of Dierks, four sons and daughter-in-law, Mitchel Ward, Mark Ward, Tracy Jones, Matthew and Taylor Jones; one daughter and son-in-law, Alyssa and Caleb Pearson; his father, Clyde Ward; two brothers, Wendell Ward and Doug Ward all of Dierks, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Kelly Ward, Ethan Ward, Jacee Ward, Brenden Ward, Paisley Pearson, Coleman Pearson, Daniel Pearson, Clayton Pearson and Paxton Baker and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mitchell will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Alyssa Pearson officiating. Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

Freida Litchford

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (61)Fredia Claudell Chandler Litchford, age 81, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at her home.

Fredia was born January 12, 1943 in Horatio, Arkansas. She was the coordinator for Senior Citizen Center in Horatio, and was a member of Assembly of God in Horatio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claudie and Lizzie Staggs Chandler; her husband of 54 years, Franklin Del Litchford; great grandson, Layne Eugene Franchiseur; her siblings, Jessie Ashley, Johnie Rene Ashley, and her twin sister, Francis Chandler.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, LaFonda and Jack McCoy of Horatio; three granddaughters, Casey Morris of Little Rock, Jennifer (Emmett) Ray of Horatio, and Laura Frachiseur of Horatio, six great-grandchildren, Macy and Avery Morris, Emma and Andi Ray, Kirsti and Lincoln Frachiseur; one brother, Dennis Chandler of Ashdown; two sisters, Billie Evans of Winthrop, Mary Tallant of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Fredia will be held at 11:00 a.m., with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service, Saturday, February 17, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

General viewing will be held 2:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2024 at the funeral home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Old Center Cemetery, in care of Mary Tallant, P.O. Box 337, Horatio, Arkansas 71842.

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

Lori Denise Tollett

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (62)Mrs. Lori Denise (Cremeen) Tollett passed from this life on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 55 years old.

Lori was born in Fort Worth, Texas on July 1, 1968, to Maybelle Lynn Cremeen and Jimmy Richard Cremeen. She graduated from Weatherford High School in 1985 and attended Weatherford College where she earned an Associate’s Degree. She married the love of her life, Dennis Dee Tollett, on July 11, 1986, in Weatherford, Texas, where they made their home and family. Together they formed DT Utilities, a successful underground utility construction company in Weatherford. Lori also worked as a Legal Assistant to John Westhoff with Borden & Westhoff for 37 years.

Lori is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, Dennis Tollett; her beloved son, Colton Tollett and wife, Kristin; her beloved daughter, Chelsea (Tollett) Ortega and husband, Logan; and her cherished grandchildren, Stratton Tollett, Ezekiel Ortega, Priscilla Ortega and Abigail Tollett, all of Weatherford. Lori is also survived by her parents, Lynn and David Smith of Weatherford, and Jim and Linda Cremeen of Crowley; her sister, Lisa Simons and husband, Terry of Palo Pinto; her mother-in-law, Wilma Tollett of Weatherford; her sister-in-law, Debbie Lee and husband, Terry of Brock; her grandmother, Joann Windom of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, February 19, 2024. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Both will be held at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel, 913 N. Elm Street, Weatherford, Texas. A private burial will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Bissell Chapel Cemetery, in Newhope, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Lori was a dedicated supporter for juvenile diabetes awareness in hopes that a cure would be found to help children living with Type 1 diabetes like her precious grandson, Stratton. In lieu of flowers, she would be honored to have memorial donations sent to the support group that she was a member of at the following address: T1D Mod Squad, Inc., 18791 Van Buren Blvd., Suite D, Riverside, California 92508 or on their website https://www.t1dmodsquad.org/donate. Spreading awareness! Praying for a cure!

Pedro Mena Triana

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (63)Mr. Pedro Mena Triana, age 77, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Monday, February 12, 2024.

He was born in Camajuani, Las Villas, Havana, Cuba, on May 19, 1946. He was an employee of Over The Top Roofing in Redwater, Texas, and played minor league baseball in Cuba and the United States. He enjoyed fishing and tinkering with cars. Pedro best spent his time with his loving family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manoho Triana and Agueda Mena; and three siblings, Barbara Triana, Vicente Triana, and Tazan Triana.

Pedro leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Pedro Hill of De Queen, Howard Triana and Jasmine Stewart of Evansville, Indiana, and Pedro Triana, Jr. of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter, Laketha Michelle Triana of De Queen; five grandchildren, Trenton Hill, Jazmyne Hill, Jacques Edmond, Carmine Stewart Triana, and Alakay Stewart Triana; one great-granddaughter, Laila Jo Morris Hill; one sister, Maria Triana of Cuba; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Mr. Pedro Triana was held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 17, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Sherry Grant officiating.

The family of Mr. Pedro Triana will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. to 12:45 P.M., Tuesday, February 20, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will follow at 1:00 P.M. at Sand Hill Cemetery in De Queen. Interment will follow. Arrangements are entrusted

Mackie Lee Jones

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (64)Mackie Lee Jones, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at PAM Specialty Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born January 22, 1949 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen. He was a graduate of Dierks High School and Henderson State University. Mackie enjoyed golfing, bowling, coaching kids in sports, watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and the De Queen Leopards. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Belva Jean Jones; his parents, James Carmel and Essie Eudy Jones; two brothers, Jackie Jones and James Edward Jones; one sister, Kathy Johnson.

Mackie is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Angela Jones of Mansfield, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Michael Williamson of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kierstyn, Gabriel and Emily, Seth, Amie, Abbie, Isaiah, Alle, and Daniel; great grandchildren Madison, Mila, Ella, Memphis, Gracelynn, Sawyer, Jhasen, Genevieve and Beau; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Lisa Jones of Lockesburg; one sister, Linda Phelps of Centerpoint and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Jones will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. John Lindsey officiating.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family request that everyone wear De Queen Leopard, Dierks Outlaw or Arkansas Razorback attire.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Kenneth Spencer

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (65)Kenneth Orville Spencer, age 90, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Windsor Cottage in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born April 18, 1933 in Valliant, Oklahoma. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church-God. He worked for Lanes poultry plant in Grannis, Arkansas. He enjoyed fishing, singing, and loved his family.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Fair Spencer; his parents, Art and Inez Webster Spencer; two sons, David Spencer and Richard Spencer; four sisters, Sadie Nation, Bonnie Harmon, Lula Mae Young and Linda Smith.

Kenneth is survived by two daughters, LaVelle Krudwig of De Queen, Arkansas, Marsha and Steve Henson of Texarkana, Texas; one son, Kenny Spencer of De Queen, AR; grandchildren, Wayne and Priscila Baker of De Queen, AR, Joey and Sarah Krudwig of Texarkana, AR, Holly and Chris Davis of Mena, AR, Nathan Wilson of McAllister, OK, Daniel McDougal of De Queen, AR, Jordan and Zane Frost of Hooks, Texas, Gracie and Michael Page of Hot Springs, AR, thirteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, one special sister-in-law, Lorene Presley that loved Kenneth like a brother, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Spencer will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2024 at First Pentecostal Church-God in De Queen with Rev. James D. Copp, Carl Fair and Chris Fair officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Ruth West Murray

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (66)Mrs. Ruth West Murray, age 93, a resident of Kennedale, Texas, formerly of Foreman, Arkansas, died peacefully in her sleep, Sunday, January 28th, 2024, at Crestview Court in Cedar Hill, Texas.

She was born June 19th, 1930, in Little River County, Arkansas. She was a Christian and enjoyed music and country Gospel. Ruth was also a schoolteacher for over forty-four years and taught school in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She loved reading and teaching others to read.

Mrs. Murray was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Clarence and Rilla LeFevers West, her husband, Raymond Roy Murray, her sister Virginia Faye West Holley and Lamar, and niece Patricia Lynn Hail.

She is survived by her nieces Brenda Gail Wicks and husband Gary of Mansfield, TX., Cindy Leigh Anderson of Kennedale, TX., Great nieces and nephews, Erik McCullough of Norman, OK., Wesley Taylor and wife Robin of Everman, TX., Alexis Hail Hammond and husband Carter of Thompson Station, TN., Ashleigh Taylor Thomas and Jermi of Garland, TX., and many great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews that loved her.

A private service was held at Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

Mr. Joe Compagna

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (67)MGT (Retired) Joseph Gerard Donat Compagna, age 88, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 10, 2024, in the V. A. Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Joe was born May 9, 1935, one of three children born to Paul Joseph and Leontine Croteau Compagna, in Putnam, Conn. He married Joan Marie Smalley in Dallas, Texas, on December 27, 1956. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force, retiring with 20 plus years. After his retirement, Joe worked at the Wickes Post Office, and was a cattle farmer. He was a faithful member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, and enjoyed traveling, and helping his fellow man. His best time spent was with Joan, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Theresa Comtois, and Anita Menard, and a grandson, Justin Watkins.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 67 years, Joan Compagna of Wickes, a son, LTC (retired) David Joseph Compagna and his wife, Cheryl of North Little Rock, Arkansas, a daughter, Catherine and Donald Talley of Wickes, two grandsons, Joseph Watkins, and Gerald and his wife, Heather Watkins; six great-grandchildren, Eden Watkins, Bodie Watkins, Kalin Smith and her husband, Kamren, Joseph Bailey Watkins and his friend, Kylee Cody, Addison Watkins, and Avery Watkins, two great-great-grandchildren, Kase Smith, and Kooper Smith as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 17, 2024, in the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, February 16, 2024, with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Services are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jimmy Lloyd

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (68)Mr. Jimmy Hurston Lloyd , age 82, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born March 30, 1941 in Monticello, Arkansas. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, where he was a supervisor. He worked for Kirby and Kirby after retirement. He was a member of the Dierks Church of Christ, where he was a former bible class teacher, an active member in the church. He loved hunting deer, turkey, and quail over the years. He was a longtime member of the Reid-Howard Hunting Club. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, reading westerns, watching sports, especially Razorbacks, and spending time with friends and family, especially his grands and great grands.

Mr. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Lucille Ozment Lloyd, whom he married in 1958; his daughter, Lorrie Ann Morris; his parents, Willie Hurston Lloyd and Ella Myrtle McKiever Lloyd; his foster parents Norwood and Carrie Courson Hill; his siblings, Robert “Mac” Reynolds, Billy Reynolds, William Hill, Winda Hill Laskey, and Linda Hill Harville, also, longtime family friends, Floyce and Ruth Howard, and their children; Thomas Howard, Danny Howard, Ronnie Howard, and JoAnn Walters.

He is survived by his son, Ricky Lloyd and wife, Kim of Dierks, AR; his daughter, Michelle Ward and husband, Doug of Newhope, AR; his grandchildren; Jeffrey Jackson of Dierks, Chance Morris (Megan) of Apex, NC, Cody Lloyd of Texarkana, Tx, Brittney Davis (Bobby) of Langley, AR, Emily Robins (Josh) of Nashville, AR, and Jacob Lloyd of Dierks; his great grandchildren; Rylee and Jett Jackson, Everly and Barret Morris, Adi, Bryar, Enzlea, and Ridge Davis, Blake and Emmy Robins, and Collin Lloyd; a special niece, DeeDee Harville Smith of Hamburg, AR; and special family friends Richard Howard of Nashville, AR and Mike Moore of Dierks, AR; and a host of family and friends; and his long time loyal companion, his dog, Bear.

Funeral services for Mr. Lloyd will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2024 at Dierks Church of Christ with Wes Howard and Michael Howard and Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends at 12:00 p.m., two hours prior to the service, at the church.

You may leave a condolence online atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

James Nylon “Bone” Johnson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (69)Mr. James Nylon “Bone” Johnson, age 72, went to be with his Heavenly father on Sunday, February 4, 2024.

He was born on August 19, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas to the late Mr. Joe and Pearlee Johnson. He was a member of Mt. Phebie Baptist Church in Horatio. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed watching sports and spending time with his grandchildren. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Joe and Pearlee Johnson.

James is survived by four daughters, Kristy (Michale) Jackson of De Queen, Jessica Keaster and LaTasha Keaster of De Queen, and Shilynn Baker of Dexter, Missouri; one stepdaughter, Jackie Bennett of De Queen; his girlfriend, Julie Criag; two brothers, Dean Johnson of Horatio, Arkansas, and Carl Dillahunty of Little Rock, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Makyla Jackson, Alexis Smith, Merecedes Smith, Braxton Keaster, Myles Jackson, Amiah Keaster, Kamani Williamson, Rayla Keaster, Ruston Moore, Kezra Gonzalez, special friends, Pam Kelley, Jessie Parker, Mike Ross and a number of nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Patrick Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Horatio, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m., – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 9, 2024 at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Cynthia Jo Ann Watson Gutierrez

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (70)Cynthia Jo Ann Watson Gutierrez, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 6, 2024 in De Queen.

She was born October 26, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was retired from Pilgrims pride.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Hershel Watson and JoAnn Brizendine; stepdad, Charlie Davis; nephews, Daniel Dunn, Kevin Castillo; sisters, Lydia Bowers and Lisa Lopez; aunt, Mary Minor; grandparents, Thomas and Dixie Miller.

Cynthia is survived by her son, DeWayne Brizendine of Goldsby, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Journey Brizendine, adopted daughter, Jenni Salazar; sisters, Debra Martin, Donna Dunn, Shirlene Daniels, and Jackie Godsby all of De Queen, Wanda Emerson of Wowoka, Oklahoma; one aunt Shirley Williams of De Queen, Arkansas; two special nieces, Amy Marrufo and Gayla McWhorter; two special nephews, Kevin Marrufo and Charles McWhorter; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends; step dad, Billy Brizendine; step daughter, Marlena Guiterrez.

Funeral services for Cynthia will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Saturday February 10, 2024 at the funeral home.

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

Patsy Cannon

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (71)Patsy Sue Cannon, age 85, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Monday, February 5, 2024 at Christus St. Micheal Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born May 5, 1938 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a Baptist, and retired administrative assistant for Experience Works. She loved spending time with her family, and enjoyed gardening, playing games especially dominoes.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Riley Allen Stafford III and Martha Ann Brewer Stafford; her husband, Grover Gordon Cannon; three sons, William Hill, Gordon Cannon and Timothy Hill; two grandsons, Levi Simmons, Timothy Riley Hill; one great granddaughter, Zoey Simmons.

Patsy is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Terry Seibert of Texarkana, Arkansas and Kelly and Dickey Chambers of Hot Springs, Arkansas; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; two special cousins, Reggie Brewer and Billy Roy Brewer both of Houston, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Patsy will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nick Flowers officiating. Burial will follow at Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Mrs. Betty Brewer

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (72)Ms. Betty Jean Brewer, age 66, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, February 4, 2024, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

Betty was born one of eight children to the union of Honval Riley Brewer, Sr. and Yvonne Carpenter Brewer on September 7, 1957, in De Queen, Arkansas. Betty was a 1975 graduate of De Queen High School and went on to obtain an associate degree from Cossatot Community College. Betty worked in a number of different capacities over the years including time at Big T, or Big Bob’s as it was later known, Dollar General, Amberwood, and most recently as a caretaker with the Sevier County Developmental Center in De Queen. Betty was of the Christian faith and enjoyed fishing, going to yard and garage sales, sewing, and crocheting. Betty best spent her time with Polo, her loving family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Johnny Lee Brewer and Bill Joe Brewer and wife Verda; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane Rovell and husband Patrick Edward Rovell, Jr.; and one nephew, David Brewer.

Betty leaves to cherish her memory, her life partner of over thirty years, Polo Rodriguez of De Queen; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Eddy Brewer of Fort Worth, Texas, and Honval Brewer, Jr. and wife Sue of Mineral Springs; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Patty Brewer and her significant other, Steve Watson of De Queen, and Penny Ward and husband Jerry of Mount Pleasant, Texas; nieces, nephews and their spouses, Kevin Brewer, Mike (Terri) Brewer, Pamela (Jonathan) Couch, Patrick Edward Rovell, III, Angela Hawkins, Timothy Rovell, Melissa (Jeremy) Johnston, Jason (Casey) Brewer, Amy (Wade) Powell, Lori (Jon) Capps, Dakota Finney, Mandi (Luke Hardy) Sauls, Ashley Tucker, Sunny (Zachery) Arnold, and Deana (Eric) Sampson; as well as a number of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

The family of Ms. Betty Brewer will receive friends at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 10, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will follow at 11:00 A.M., at Valley Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas. Nati Becerra to officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Mrs. Wanda Fisher

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (73)Psalm 23: 1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Mrs. Wanda Jean Brown Fisher, age 74, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, February 2, 2024, at her home.

Wanda was born March 15, 1949, in Smithville, Oklahoma, to C.G. “Buddy” Brown and Etta Stamps Brown. She was a graduate of Smithville High School and later went to work for Poulan in De Queen. Following her retirement from Poulan, Wanda went to work in the childcare center of the Sevier County Developmental Center in De Queen. She married the love of her life, Jimmy Andrew Fisher, on August 15, 1970, in Hatfield, Arkansas. She enjoyed watching birds and squirrels in the yard, her flowers, and making jalapeño jelly. Wanda best spent her time with Jimmy, her family, and her grand-daughter dogs, Cali, Lady, and Mini.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C.G. “Buddy” Brown and Etta Stamps Brown; three sisters, Opal Brown, Mae Thomas, and Marie Thomas; and one brother, Buster Brown.

Wanda is survived by her loving husband of fifty-three years, Jimmy Fisher of De Queen; one son, Patrick Fisher and his wife Johnye of De Queen; one stepson, Markus Weihrich and wife Petra of Germany; one sister, Ruby Allen of Kansas; two brothers, J.C. Brown and wife Roene of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Kenneth Brown and wife Jerrie of Ashdown; three sisters-in-law, Deloris Brown of Kansas City, Kansas, Shirley Goss of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, and Jean Fisher of Argile, Texas; one brother-in-law, David Fisher and wife Brenda of Hatfield; two step-grandsons, Orrin Crow and wife Jennifer of Alexander, Arkansas, and Lewis Leathers and wife Ashley of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one step-granddaughter, K’Leeh Holt and husband Joey of Wake Village, Texas; as well as a large number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Wanda Fisher will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Smithville Cemetery, Smithville, Oklahoma, with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 6th, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Jamie Clark Beasley

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (74)Mr. Jamie Clark Beasley, age 70, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, died Friday, February 2, 2024 at Christus St. Micheal Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 6, 1953 in Odessa, Texas. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Foreman. He enjoyed hosting cook outs, gardening, fishing and spoiling his grandkids. He was retired from Domtar and was a farmer.

He is preceded in death by his late wife, Cindy Brown Beasley; his parents, Curtis and Frances Beasley; one brother, Bruce Beasley; two great granddaughters, Reagan Bush and Macy Jo Sullivan.

Jamie is survived by his wife of 13 years, Liz Beasley; two sons, Bo Beasley and Chance Beasley; one brother, Barry Beasley; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Lynn Turner; two granddaughters, Lauren Beasley, Linsey and Koby Voss ; two grandsons, Caleb Beasley and Cole Beasley; two great grandchildren, Rylee Bush and Leah Knighten all of Foreman and his two dogs, Molly and Newt.

Funeral services for Mr. Beasley will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2024 in the Church of Christ in Foreman with Bro. Aubrey Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Barbara Ann Cooper

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (75)Barbara Ann Cooper 65, of Alma passed away peacefully Friday, January 12, 2024, in her home surrounded by family. She was the owner of G&B Cooper Enterprises, L.L.C. She loved Arts & Crafts, decorating, gardening, metal detecting, gaming and most of all her grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents Lonnie Orbit and Shirley Ann (Smith) Claborn; one brother Robert Claborn.

She is survived by her husband of forty-six years Gary Cooper of Alma; daughter Alisha Keirsey and husband Jimmy of Van Buren; one sister Cheryl Brinkley and husband Keith of Muldrow; three grandsons Brayden, Bryson and Brody Keirsey all of Van Buren.

A private burial will be at a later date under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

In lieu of flowers Barbara’s wishes were to help the homeless so memorials can be made in her honor to the Community Rescue Mission in Fort Smith, 310 F Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 and Gospel Rescue Misson, 201 Drennen Street, Van Buren, AR 72956.

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

Jimmy Charles Gaddis

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (76)Jimmy Charles Gaddis, 83, of Texarkana, Arkansas died at his home Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Born June 3, 1940 in Dierks, Arkansas, he graduated Dierks High School in 1958 and shortly thereafter joined the United States Army stationed in Nuremberg, Germany with SP4 rank. Upon completion of his military service, he attended welding school which led to a lifelong career in welding, iron work and construction and relocations to Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and Florida. He retired from his favorite job with Ranch Cryogenics in 2020 having traveled nationally and internationally as a Project Superintendent.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Vondal “Granny” Gaddis, and J.O. “Pap” Gaddis of Dierks Arkansas, and his sister, Donna Hefner of Mena, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years Karolyn Kay Gaddis, his sister, Betty Jo Johnson of Mena, Arkansas, his daughters Jamie Gaddis of Memphis, TN, and LeAnn Burke (Kevin) of Cincinnati, OH, along with two grandsons Jackson and Cooper Burke of West Point, New York and Cincinnati, OH respectively; and other relatives and many friends.

His happiest times were spent doing what he loved most–hunting and fishing. “Gad” cherished his guns, dogs, and the many friends with whom he shared this passion.

Funeral services for Mr. Gaddis will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating. Burial will be private.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Texarkana or the Greens Chapel Cemetery.

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

Otto Daniel Kutach

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (77)Otto Daniel Kutach, age 75, a resident of Umpire, AR, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 29, 2024 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

Otto was born on April 13, 1948. He was a member of Athens Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to church and church camp, dominos on Monday nights, working and spending time with his family. He was a faithful servant to his church and community and he was a great friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve Victor Kutach, Sr. and Julia Gallia Kutach; one sister, Irene Wilcoxon and one brother, Robert Kutach.

Otto is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gina Kutach; one son, Billy Hawkins of Umpire; one daughter, Faith Wright of Corpus Christi, Texas; one grandson, Colton Daniel Wright; two brothers, Steve Kutach, Jr. and Joey Kutach; five sisters, Betty Speck, Kathy Bachtell, Joyce Rees, Barbara Naiser, and Dianne Wilburn and a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Kutach will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2024, in the Athens Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Kitchens, Bro. Jerry Strasner, Bro. Travis Lane, and Bro. Jaron Tipton officiating. Burial will follow at Saline Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

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

Jackie Don Hoskison

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (78)Mr. Jackie Don Hoskison “Shag”, age 72, a resident of Naples, Texas, died Friday,

January 26, 2024 at his home.

He was born November 16, 1951 in Quitaque, Texas and raised in Wickes

Arkansas to Alta Faye Lyle and Henry Jackson Hoskison. He was a truck driver all

of his life. Jackie touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a practical jokester.

Mr. Hoskison was preceded in death by his Parents; one son, Jackie Don Hoskison,

Jr. and one sister, Peggy Billen.

His survivors include Margie Welsh the mother of his children; one daughter Misty

D’Ann Hoskison of Naples; six grandchildren, Austin and Jackson Hoskison of

Naples, Issac and Emma Hoskison of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Autumn Clearey of

Fayetteville, Arkansas and Maverick Hoskison of Shreveport, Louisiana; one

niece, Trina Rezac of Lawton, Oklahoma; two nephews, Tracy Garrison of

Lawton, Oklahoma and Travis Garrison of Wickes, Arkansas.

Graveside Funeral services for Mr. Hoskison will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday,

February 1, 2024 at Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Chad Lyle

officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen,

Arkansas.

General viewing will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday January 31,

2024 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the cemetery on

Thursday.

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

Eleanor Peatzell

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (79)Eleanor (Braun) Paetzell, age 84, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away Thursday night January 25, 2024 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock. She was lovingly cared for by the hospital health care workers along with a dynamic crew at Sevier County Medical Center night ER staff in De Queen. The EMT and first responders of Gillham were so careful and spot-on handling my Mothers needs.

Mother of Tom, James, Tina (Penniman) and Cindy Paetzell and her granddaughter, Cristi and great grandsons, Gunnar and Ruxtin.

In lieu of a service close family will have their own private ceremony.

Thank you to all the friends that touched her life and asked of her well-being all these years.

Special Thank You to Wilkerson Funeral Home for their caring & professional attention.

Sincerely, The Paetzell Family

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Elizabeth Juanita Hooker

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (80)Mrs. Elizabeth Juanita Horne Hooker, age 94, a resident of Chandler, Oklahoma, and former resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 19, 2024, in a Shawnee, Oklahoma hospital.

Juanita, one of four children born to Bill and Tommie Martin Horne. She was born on September 15, 1929, in Prescott, Arkansas, and married the love of her life, Sanford Lee Hooker on September 15, 1948, in Prescott, Arkansas. They spent over 57 loving years together, until his death in 2005. Juanita was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, and her best spent time was with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers-in-law, Jim Erskine, and Ellis McDowell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son and daughter-in-law, Sanford L., Jr. (Sandy) and Billie Sue Hooker of Wellston, Oklahoma, a daughter, Anita Gaunt of Dansville, Michigan; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Pat Horne of Texarkana, Arkansas, two sisters, Barbara Erskine of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Judy McDowell of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren as well as a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Juanita Hooker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 26, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Kenny Haney officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Ida Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Loretta Haney

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (81)Mrs. Loretta Marie Ola Vaughn Haney, age 88, resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 18, 2024, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Loretta, known to family and friends as “Bobbie Jean”, was born the youngest of eight children to the union of Alonzo and Dorothy Dowd Vaughn on August 12, 1935, in Center Point, Arkansas. She attended Dunbar High School in Center Point, later graduating from Childress High School in Nashville. Shortly thereafter, Loretta wed Thurman G. Haney, and to this union, ten children were born. She was a faithful member of New View Church of Christ in Center Point. Loretta enjoyed sewing and making clothing for her family, fixing hair, watching TV, singing, attending family gatherings, and cooking. Loretta was well known for her abilities in the kitchen but is honorably noted for her peach cobbler. She best spent her time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of over fifty-three years, Thurman Haney; two sons, Les Haney and Marcus Haney; as well as her siblings.

Loretta leaves to cherish her memory, eight children and their spouses, Barbara Bailey of Lockesburg, Thurman Haney, Jr. and wife Ollie of North Little Rock, Patricia Ramsey and husband Larry of Mineral Springs, Sherry Hunter of Lockesburg, Teresa Lambert and husband J.C. of De Queen, Rodrick Haney of Lockesburg, Robert Haney of Nashville, and Lavonna Haney of Lockesburg; twenty grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Vickie Vaughn; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Loretta Haney will be held at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2024, at New View Church of Christ in Center Point, Arkansas. Bro. James E. Washington to officiate. Interment will follow at Center Point Cemetery. The final viewing will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M., Saturday, at the church. Mrs. Haney will also be available for viewing from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, January 26th, at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Laura Cuevas Mendez

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (82)Laura Cuevas Mendez, de 73 años, residente de De Queen, Arkansas, fallecio el Viernes, 19 de Enero de 2024 en su casa.

Nacio el 3 de Febrero de 1950 en Ixpantepec Nives Silacayoapan Oaxaca, México, hija de Paulino Cuevas y Dominga Mendez. Asistio a la Iglesia Tabernaculo Casa de Mana en De Queen Ar.

El velorio se llevara a cabo a partir de las 3:00 p.m. a 8:00 p.m., el dia Jueves 25 de Enero de 2024 con el servicio a cargo del Pastor Gabriel Montiel a partir de las 4:30 en la Funeraria.

La misa de funbre se llevará a cabo a las 11:00 a.m. del Viernes 26 de Enero de 2024 en el Centro Pastoral Monseñor Scott Friend, oficiada por el Padre Ramsés Mendieta. Seguirá el entierro en el cementerio de Redmen, bajo la dirección de Wilkerson Funeral Home en De Queen.

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Laura Cuevas Mendez

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (83)Laura Cuevas Mendez, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died on Friday, January 19, 2024 at her home.

She was born on February 3, 1950 in Ixpantepec Nives Silacayoapan Oaxaca, Mexico, daughter of Paulino Cuevas and Dominga Mendez. She attended Casa de Mana Tabernacle Church in De Queen, Ar.

The visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2024 with Pastor Gabriel Montiel starting at 4:30 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 26, 2024 at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center with Father Ramsés Mendieta officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Carla Jean (Logan) Archer

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (84)Mrs. Carla Jean (Logan) Archer, age 72, a resident of Little River Club in Winthrop, Arkansas, died Saturday. January 20, 2024 at Hospice of Texarkana.

She was born September 30, 1951 in De Queen, Arkansas. Mrs. Archer was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church. She loved watching Arkansas Razorback sports and soap operas.
Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her parents, James Earl and Nancy (Carroll) Logan.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Archer of Little River Club; two daughters and a son-in-law, Shelly and Travis Eastridge of Horatio and Amanda Brown of Murfreesboro; her grandchildren, Krista and Jay Ward, Seth and Heather Eastridge, Jacob Eastridge; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Spencer and Sharon Logan of De Queen; two nieces, Susan Logan and Renee Logan; two great nieces, Kacy McGough and Jessica McGough and one great nephew, Logan Cole; one great-great nephew.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carla Archer will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenny Haney officiating. Burial will follow in Lockesburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. 1 hour prior to the service.

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

Regenia Smith

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (85)Mrs. Regenia Smith of Horatio, Arkansas, went to be with our Lord on January 10, 2024, at the graceful age of 66.

Regenia was born to the late Effie T. Brim and late Abraham Smith on June 27, 1957, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Regenia was raised and preceded in death by her late parents, Naomi and Hubert “Red Bone” Phillips of Horatio, Arkansas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Regenia Smith will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Mt. Phebia Missionary Baptist Church in Horatio, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Ms. Beverly St. John

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (86)Ms. Beverly Colleen St. John, age 65, resident of Benton, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Beverly was born one of four daughters to the union of Kenneth Neal and Wanda Joan Jacobs St. John on September 16, 1958, in De Queen, Arkansas. Beverly was a 1976 graduate of Dierks High School and went on to attend the University of Central Arkansas. It was at UCA that she received her bachelor’s degree in special education. Following her completion of college, Beverly went to work for the United States Postal Service, working a number of years as a letter carrier in El Dorado. During her professional career, Beverly worked in other capacities, including time with a construction company. Beverly was of the Baptist faith and a member of Ridge Crest Baptist Church in Benton. She enjoyed being active with the Saline County Senior Citizens, reading, singing, and listening to music. Most of all, Beverly cherished the time spent with her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Joan Jacobs St. John; her aunts, Tannie Lay and Marilyn St. John, and an uncle, Marlin St. John.

Beverly leaves to cherish her memory, six sisters, Becky Jegstrup of Lockesburg, Belinda Cox and husband Tim of Nashville, Benita St. John of De Queen, Marie Brumley of Calion, Arkansas, Lorrie Stubbs and husband Danny of Horatio, and Melanie Brophy of De Queen; one aunt, Joyce St. John of Hot Springs; one uncle, Otis Lay of De Queen; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, her many friends at Saline County Senior Citizens, and her loving church family and Ridge Crest Baptist Church.

Funeral Services for Ms. Beverly St. John will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 22, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Drew Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Greens Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Glen Wilder

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (87)Mr. Glen Dale Wilder, age 76, resident of Amity, Arkansas, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at his home.

Glen was born to the union of Russell Warner and Nellie Edith Newton Wilder on June 16, 1947, in Clark County, Arkansas. He attended school in Rosboro, Arkansas, and later joined the Armed Forces. Glen worked his career as a Logger, working many years for himself. In April of 1976, Glen married the love of his life, Rhonda Elaine Spears, in Pike County. Glen was of the Christian faith and enjoyed watching the news and his birds, telling jokes, fishing, and being outdoors. Glen most enjoyed running his dogs, deer hunting, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Warner Wilder and Nellie Edith Spencer; his loving wife of over forty-six years, Elaine Wilder; one son, Warner Lynn Douglas; one daughter, Jessica Elaine Miller; one sister, Shirley Anderson; and a brother, Stevie Spencer.

Glen leaves to cherish his memory three sons and their spouses, Daniel Wilder of Amity, Dusty and Angie Wilder of Amity, and Glen and Briana Wilder of Amity; eleven grandchildren and their spouses, Angeline and Brian Cargile, Robert Kolbicka, Warner Wilder, Adrianna and Brandon Qualls, Matthew Wilder, Andrew Kizer, Dylan Wilder, Tabitha Wilder, Glen Junior Wilder, II, Josie Wilder, and Winter Wilder; five great-grandchildren, Cade, Isaac, Aubrey, Maylynn, and Preston; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and April Wilder of Amity, and Jackie and Sondra Spencer of Texas; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Glen Wilder will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 19, 2024, at co*ker Cemetery in Rosboro, Arkansas. A time of visitation and interment will follow. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Tammy Ann Johnson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (88)Ms. Tammy Ann Smith Johnson was born May 17, 1963, in Sevier County, Arkansas, to the parents of Luther Lavan Smith and Mary Lou Boyles (Smith). She was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Horatio, Arkansas. She departed this life on January 12, 2024. She graduated from Horatio High School and later wed Santhony Johnson and from that union, the had two children, FaNisha Jonte Smith Levett of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Santaria Qunay Johnson of De Queen, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Luther Lavan Smith; a half-sister, Threada; and a grandchild, Rylen McCollum.

Tammy leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Mary Lou Smith of De Queen, Arkansas; one brother, Steven Lavan Smith of Horatio; three sisters, LaDonna Gail Smith and Carla Smith both of De Queen, and Patti Renee Venzent and her husband, John of Conway, Arkansas; her half siblings, Teresa Hill of De Queen, Jerri Edd of Wilton, Arkansas, Charlotte Phillips of Zion, Illinois, and Bruce Smith of Flint, Michigan; her beloved grandchildren, Bralen Smith, Olivia Levett, Jaeden Johnson, Jaeclyn Johnson, Jalleigh Johnson, Jakaelee Burcham, Jakynlee Johnson, Emery Pressley, and Rylen Johnson; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Tammy Johnson will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, January 20, 2024, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Halsall officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres Cemetery in Horatio. Visitation will be Friday, January 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Services are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Roy Dean Griffin

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (89)Roy Dean Griffin, age 76, a resident of Horatio, AR, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 15, 2024 at his home.

Roy was born on July 10, 1947 in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a member of Old Center Church in Horatio. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, especially noodling, frying fish, and road trips. He loved singing and playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Griffin and Linnie Bell Lacefield Griffin and one sister, Vicky Griffin.

Roy is survived by his longtime loving companion, Louise Lyon; one son and daughter-in-law, Denver and Brandy Griffin of Puerto Rico; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Cole Lenington of Muldrow, OK, Farion Griffin Houston of Sallisaw, Ok; grandchildren, Tyler and Lindsey Griffin, Austin and Katie Griffin, Alexis Griffin, Isaac and Esther Houston, Audriana Vickers, Jonathan and Denali Houston, Willard Houston, Sarah Houston, Elizabeth Houston, Cooper, Parker, Ranger, Paisley and Colter Roy Lenington, Jourdan, Tathum and Tye Stoddard; great grandchildren, Asher, Karter, Adilyn, Mason, Charles, Anastasia, Sean, Ash, Serenity, Aurora; two brothers, Charles Griffin and Calvin Griffin and one sister, Linda Boyd and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Griffin will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2024 in the Old Center Church in Horatio with Bro. Wes Wakley and Mr. Scotty Smith and Bro. Johnny Watkins officiating. Burial will follow at Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Naomi “Marie” Wax

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (90)Naomi “Marie” Wax departed this life on January 13, 2024. She was born in Grannis, Arkansas on February 26, 1938 to Clifford and Claudine Simmons

She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen. She was a former member of Gillham First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and especially enjoyed children’s ministry.

She was a gifted artist and spent many years attending art shows.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kevin Wax and one granddaughter, Jessica Wax.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sharon Wax of Gillham and one grandson, Garrett Wax of Texarkana, Texas. She is also survived by her three brothers, Norman, Winston and Pete Simmons and one sister, Joyce Simmons and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wax will be held at 11:00a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Gillham Cemetery with Bro. Donnie Davis officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17th at the funeral home.

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

Joe Trevino

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (91)Joe Trevino, age 81, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Thursday, January 11, 2024 at his home.

He was born April 6, 1942 in Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. He was a farmer and rancher. Mr. Trevino was a member of the Lockesburg Masonic Lodge for 25 years and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Trevino and Romula Ruiz and a number of siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Sybil Jean McKinney Trevino; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Tracie Trevino of De Queen, Arkansas and Benjamin and Heather Trevino; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Jesse Van Slyke; his sister-in-law, Theresa Maturino all of Eagletown; grandchildren, Lane Trevino, Sadie Hunnicut, Lauren Trevino, Jessa and Jadie Van Slyke and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Trevino will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2024 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will follow in McKinney-Winship Cemetery in Eagletown.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17th at the funeral home

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

Dayne Wayne Payne

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (92)Dayne Wayne Payne, age 76, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday,

January 10, 2024 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

He was born September 23, 1947, in Honey Grove, Texas. Mr. Payne was a

Christian man. He enjoyed fishing and loved his special dog, Phoebe.

Dayne was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence B. and Vera Forehand

Payne; his wife, Johnny Margie Madewell Payne.

He is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwight and Lee Etta Payne of

Lockesburg; Darrell and Sharon Payne of Gillham; one sister and brother-in-law,

Margaret and Edward Knighten of Foreman; a number of nieces and nephews; and

a special friend, Cheryl Lowrey, who he looked at as the daughter he could never

have.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Payne will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday,

January 13, 2024, at the Old Center Cemetery with Ray Reynolds officiating,

under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

General viewing for Mr. Payne will be held from 3:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m. Friday,

January 12, 2024 at the funeral home.

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

Jo Nell Johnson

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (93)JoNell Johnson, age 95, a resident of Katy, Texas passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024. JoNell was born February 28, 1928 in Horatio, Arkansas, to Henry and Sadie Jones.

JoNell was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and James Holcombe; and nephew, Rex Holcombe.

She is survived by one extra special cousin who was raised with her, Mike Nix of Couer d’ Alene, Idaho; one niece, Debbie Johnson (husband Andy) of Richmond, Texas; great nephews Brad Stanaland (wife Joy) and Ryan Stanaland of Houston, Texas; Great Niece Hillary Britton (husband Zach)of Montgomery, Texas; Dick’s Son, Gary Johnson (wife Martha) of Burke, Virginia; granddaughter Heather Kramer, (Husband Todd) and great granddaughter, Hailey Kramer from Gaithersburg, Maryland; and many other wonderful cousins on both sides of the family.

JoNell grew up in Horatio, Arkansas and attended school there. She graduated from Horatio High School and followed in her sister, Ann’s footsteps by proudly attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. After graduating from Hendrix with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, she received her Texas Teacher’s Certification and pursued a career in teaching Texas History in Sharyland ISD(1954-56) Harlingen ISD(1956-57) and Corpus Christi ISD(1957-68). While in Corpus Christi, a co-worker’s introduced her to his twin brother, Dick Johnson, who was visiting from New Jersey. He quickly became the love of her life and they married in1969 and moved to Dick’s home in Bergenfield, New Jersey. After Dick retired from teaching in New Jersey in 1978, the couple moved to the Houston Texas area and taught in CyFair ISD until they both retired. In 1991, they built their dream home in Westwood Shores, Trinity, Texas and enjoyed life to the fullest. Sadly JoNell lost Dick to cancer in 1996.

JoNell was a very active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and volunteered there tirelessly. She also volunteered at the hospital in Trinity, earning an 800 hour pin. She spent time helping residents in the local nursing home and participated in many civic activities. JoNell loved spending time with her many friends, often hosting get-togethers and celebrating birthdays and holidays. She rarely missed an opportunity to do things for others, often bringing food to shut-ins or ill friends. She drove many a mile to taking people to their doctor appointments.

In 2015 JoNell moved to Carriage Inn in Katy, Texas. She lived there independently and loved the musical entertainment, special events, and new friendships. She especially enjoyed her back porch which faced a courtyard where she was able read and watch the birds and squirrels. In the Fall of 2023, she moved to Larry’s Lakehouse, an assisted living small group home. She was well taken care of by wonderful staff who loved and grew attached to her.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but those who knew JoNell also knew of her great faith in God…so they know where she is now.

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Horatio Cemetery, with Zach Britton officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, of De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online atwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

John Melvin Milam

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (94)John Melvin Milam, age 89, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 10, 2024 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

He was born October 17, 1934, in Horatio, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, and was a construction worker and farmer. He enjoyed working with his cows, loved his garden, blue grass music, running dogs at the fox pen and watching bull riding on tv.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Lynn Hurst Milam; his parents, John Henry Milam and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Milam; three children, John C. Milam, Tamara Dossett and Mike Milam; two grandchildren, Beau Curtis Milam and John David Milam; six brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by one grandson, James Milam of Foreman; granddaughter, Jessica Meason of Madill, Oklahoma, eleven great grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley McCorkle of Foreman, Mary and Dub Jackson of Goodwater, OK; one brother, Gary Milam of Winthrop.

Funeral services for Mr. Milam will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2024 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Rick Gregory officiating. Burial will follow at Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2024 at the funeral home.

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

Melissa Ann Sharp

Melissa Ann Sharp, 64, of Tyler, Texas, died Monday, January 1st, 2024.

She was born in Daingerfield, Texas on December 4, 1959 to Richard and Barbara Sharp. Melissa attended Daingerfield High School before studying nursing at the University of Texas at Tyler. From there, she went to work as a nurse at Rusk State Hospital for the next 23 years.

Melissa loved life and those she shared it with. The love and care that she shared not only with her patients, but with her family, was a defining characteristic of who she was and always will be. Melissa had the rare gift of making you laugh until you cried while surrounding you with love. She had a laugh that traveled through walls, a kindness that changed lives, and a heart that loved to its fullest.

Melissa was preceded in death by her father, Richard Sharp.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara Sharp; brother, Rick Sharp and wife, Lynette; nephew Jarrod Sharp and wife, Christina; and niece Kaitlyn Buchanan and husband, Dalton.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Sharp will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Bellville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence onlineatwww.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Wanda Jane McCormick

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (95)Wanda Jane Baker McCormick, age 80, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died Monday, January 8, 2024 at her home.

She was born June 22, 1943, in Wickes, Arkansas. She was a member of Church of the Nazarene in Wickes. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and working in her garden,

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph Baker and Nova Ola Sullivan Baker; her husband, Alfus Wayland McCormick; grandson, Jonathan Ashcraft and granddaughter, Samantha Huff.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Evelyn McCormick of Grannis, Kenny and Cathy McCormick of Grannis; one brother, Alvin Baker of Troop, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael McCormick, Kenneth McCormick, Elizabeth Massey and Erica Ashcraft; a number of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a special family friend, Christina Bayles.

Graveside Funeral services for Wanda will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2024, at Crystal Hill Cemetery pavilion, with David Baker and George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation for Wanda will be held 5:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the funeral home in De Queen.

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

Bobby Lynn Butler

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (96)Mr. Bobby Lynn Butler, age 83, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, and former resident of Horatio, passed from this life on Monday, January 8, 2024, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Bobby was born one of nine children to Bowden D. and Tressie I. Duke Butler on December 10, 1940, in De Queen. He was a graduate of Horatio High School and went on to serve with the Army National Guard. Following his honorable discharge from the service, Bobby went to work as a welder, machinist, and mechanic, working a number of years for Riverside Machine in De Queen. Bobby was also an accomplished carpenter, having built four homes in Horatio and two at the De Queen Lake. Bobby loved to travel, but best spent his time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or “God’s Country”, as he called it. He loved it in Wyoming so much he moved there a number of times but returned to Sevier County to care for his brother, David. Bobby was of the Baptist faith and a member of the First Baptist Church. He loved to read his Bible, play his guitar, Corvettes, Mustangs, and spending time with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bowden and Tressie Butler; one sister, Linda Bernice Butler; and three brothers, Donald Edwin Butler, David Glenn Butler, and Ronald Royce Butler.

Bobby leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Kevin Hughes of Panama City Beach, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sheila Butler of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth A. Butler of Wilton, Arkansas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Julia and Gary Kelley of Carrollton, Texas, Glenda and Charles Shooke of Nash, Texas, and Joyce and Pat Gore of Ashdown, Arkansas; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Graveside Services for Mr. Bobby Butler will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the Horatio Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Michael Dean Hill

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (97)Mr. Michael Dean Hill, age 70, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, January 6, 2024 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born May 28, 1953 in Dierks. He was a logging contractor, owner of Michael Hill Logging and a self-taught master mechanic. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks where he served in different capacities; deacon, worship leader, and taught Sunday school classes. He enjoyed logging, hunting, fishing and working on his farm. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard Dean and Ila Lavelle Artre Hill and one sister, Sandra D. Hill Simmons.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Madonna Arnold Hill; one son and daughter-in-law, Damon and Lisa Hill of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, April and Brian Mashburn of Little Rock, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Taylor Hill, Bailey Mashburn, Rylee Hill, Andrew Mashburn, Brock Mashburn and Corbin Hill; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Gary Bobo, Cathy and Bruce Francis and Jeanne and Glenn Davis; a number of nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Michael Dean Hill will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at First Baptist Church in Dierks with Donnie O’Fallon and John McAnally officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, 1 hour before the service.

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

Kevin DeWayne Bailey

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (98)Kevin DeWayne Bailey, aka The Famous KB, age 49, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 6, 2024 at his home.

He was born June 17, 1974 in De Queen, Arkansas. He loved his dogs and he loved being in the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, go camping and run trot lines with his dad. Kevin loved to work on vehicles, and ride around, but most of all he loved to just spend time with family and friends. Kevin had a BIG heart and a big personality and was loved by so many. The family is grateful to Jennifer, and all his friends that helped him the last couple of years.

Kevin was preceded in death by his mom, Brenda Bailey; and a grandson, Christopher Story.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Jennifer Vincent and her son, Jordan of Horatio; a son and daughter-in-law, Dustin and Tiffany Story; a daughter, LaTosha Story and Corey Coulter; his father, William Bailey; two sisters, Tracy and Junior Ochoa and Tina Bailey; two grandchildren, Alijah and Braxton Story, all of De Queen; two nephews Aaron Vazquez of De Queen and Dayton Ochoa of Horatio; four nieces, Chera Moore of Bryant, Arkansas, Michella Smith of Springdale, Arkansas, Brandi House of De Queen and Brittany Vazquez of Dallas, Texas; his life-long friend, Steven Downs and lots of other great friends.

Graveside funeral services for Kevin will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2024 in the Campground Cemetery with Bobby Fischer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Peggy Ann Wakley McLaughlin

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (99)Peggy Ann Wakley McLaughlin, age 79, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at her home.

She was born July 25, 1945 in Umpire, Arkansas. She was a homemaker. She was a Christian. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed watching sports, being outdoors and had a passion for hunting arrowheads. She admired her pets and watching wildlife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Boyd “Mac” McLaughlin; her parents, Vera and Hubert Baker.

She is survived by one daughter, Kim Garrison of Wickes; one son, Jeff (Annetta) McLauglin of Wickes; one sister, Jone Roe of Louisiana; three grandchildren, Lakyn Cowart, Andrea Garrison and Josette McLaughlin; great grandchildren, Dakota and Chianna, Lexie, Jariah, Zayn, Riley and Bentley.

Funeral services for Mrs. McLaughlin will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2024 at Church of the Nazarene in Wickes with Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow at Duckett Cemetery in Wickes under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Willene Gray

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (100)Willene Cox Gray, age 88, resident of De Queen, passed away January 2, 2024, at the Dierks Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born August 26, 1935, in Horatio to the late Willie Clifford “Bill” Cox and Gladys Delencia Romine.

Willene was a graduate of Horatio High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Oliver Kerwin Gray on August 21, 1954. Kerwin passed away August 28, 2016, having been married 62 years and one week.

Mrs. Gray was a homemaker most of her life, but did enjoy working at Morris TV and Appliance in the mid-80’s and the Wee Center in the late 80’s to early 90’s. She enjoyed bowling in the 80’s on the Tootsie Rolls team with many of her dear friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Besides her parents and Kerwin, she was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Cox; and three sisters, Glendyne Watts, Adele Swan, and Julia Stanford.

Survivors include:

Son and daughter-in-law:
Steve and Georgia Gray of Benton, Ar.

Two daughters:
Sherry Chaney of De Queen
Sandy Salsbury of De Queen

Six grandchildren
Eight Great-Grandchildren

As well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Willene Gray will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 5, 2023, at Millwee Cemetery in Horatio with Bro. Bobby Fischer officiating. General viewing will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Kenneth Green

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (101)Mr. Kenneth Green, age 74, resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at the Sevier County Medical Center in De Queen.

Kenneth was born May 7, 1949, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Harrison and Mary Green. He attended George W. Carver High School in New Orleans, and later enlisted with the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Kenneth became self-employed to provide for his family. Kenneth was a faithful member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and loved to cook and fish, when he was able. More than anything, he cherished the time spent with his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wives, Ruby Green and Linda Green; and two brothers, Ronald Green and Bucky Green.

Kenneth leaves to cherish his memory, his loving children, Andrea Evans and her husband Brian of De Queen, Jonathan Green of Nashville, Tennessee, Rachel Wyrick of Hope, Sarah Wyrick of Hope, Aaron Wyrick of Hope, Hannah Wyrick of Prescott, and Naomi Wyrick; his grandsons, Brian Evans, III, Harold Green, Elijah Holmes, and Eduardo Jusino; his sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Kevin Verrett of South Carolina; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Sharon Green of Louisiana, and Tim and Sharon Green also of Louisiana; as well as number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of church family and friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Kenneth Green will be announced at a later time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may leave a condolence online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Obituaries | Southwest Arkansas Daily (2024)
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