Charles Lynn King

Posted in Obituaries on September 19th, 2014 by admin

kingCharles Lynn King, 74, of De Valls Bluff, was born May 8, 1940 in De Valls Bluff and passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Lynn King, Jr. and his grandson, Zachary King. Charles is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeannette King; sons, Bruce (Brenda) King and Guy (Angie) King; his sisters, Loudene Treadway and Virginia Coffman; grandsons, Dustin King and Jonathan King and his granddaughter, Stephanie King.
Charles started his minnow business in 1958 with the help of his friends and family and still continued today with the second generation.
He will be missed by all his family and many friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 19, 2014 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff by Bro. Wayne Snider.
Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff. Pallbearers are Guy King, Dustin King, Jonathan King, Keith Newkirk, Jeremy Whittenburg, and William Saul. Honorary pallbearers are Troy Tacker, Terry Tipton, James Saul, and Gilbert Voumard.

Bernie (Louise Bernice) Gaskin Simmons

Posted in Obituaries on September 17th, 2014 by admin

Bernie (Louise Bernice) Gaskin Simmons, 81, of Lonoke finished her life’s journey and went home to be with the Lord on September 16, 2014. Bernie was born in McClelland but lived most of her life in De Valls Bluff. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Helen Gaskin and her loving husband of 55 years, Alonzo (Al) Simmons. She leaves behind her beloved cat “Elvis” and four Goddaughters, Lisa (Bob) Duckworth, Laura (George) Bean, Lois (Robert) Olsen and Loretta (Mark) Bean. She also leaves behind many cousins, adopted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many, many friends. A woman of faith she was an inspiration and a blessing to all who knew her. She was also a woman of many talents. When she was younger, she and her husband loved to travel and see the sights. For many years, she wrote a food column for the De Valls Bluff newspaper. She loved to cook and told people if you left her table hungry, it was your own fault. Comfort food was her specialty and she had a favorite dish for each occasion. She was an avid reader and bird watcher. Her home was a wildlife sanctuary and no animal ever left hungry or in need of care. Through the years she touched many lives, helping, feeding, mentoring, and giving advice.

Bernie was also a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She graduated from St. Vincent’s and started her career there. She later transferred to the Veterans Hospital in North Little Rock, where she was instrumental in establishing and running the Geriatric Unit. In later life after retiring from the Veterans Hospital, she worked in a local nursing home so she could assist in the care of her Mother-In-Law. While we mourn her passing let us also rejoice in her crossing to her new heavenly home.

The family would also like to thank Springhill Baptist Hospital and Baptist hospital Hospice staff for the wonderful and compassionate care they provided.

Memorial service will be private; family members only. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Marie (Davis) Kirk

Posted in Obituaries on September 11th, 2014 by admin

Marie (Davis) Kirk of Smithfield, North Carolina passed away peacefully on September 8, 2014 at SECU Hospice House. Marie was born on August 10, 1929 in Hazen, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Kirk in 2004. She is survived by her brother, J.D. Davis and four children, Pamela Kent, Darrell Kirk, Terri Schmitz and Jerry Kirk; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11:00 A.m., Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Raymond Andrew Duch

Posted in Obituaries on September 8th, 2014 by admin

Raymond Duch 001Raymond Andrew Duch, 90, of Hazen, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 7, 2014 while at the Stuttgart Baptist Hospital with his family and loved ones by his side. He was born October 23, 1923, the son of Julius and Mary Potkan Duch who had traveled from Hungary to settle in Slovak. He attended Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic school in Slovak. At a young age, he began farming with the family. At a later age, he enlisted on January 17, 1944, and served in the Army during WWII and other foreign wars. He received a purple Heart in December of 1944 along with other campaign ribbons and medals. During a leave home to help the family finish getting the farm crop out he walked by the telephone office at the air base in Stuttgart and met the love of his life, Hazel Tucker. They began corresponding until he was discharged from the Army on June 1, 1946 and they were married October 12, 1946 and he engaged in farming again. Their life together expanded with the addition of their one child, Nancy, in 1957. Raymond was an early entrepreneur. He was the first one in Hazen to purchase a cab-over John Deere tractor and later the first one in the area to purchase laser-plane surveying equipment to perform that operation. He was assisted by his loving wife Hazel during the many years they surveyed the many farms on the prairie in and around the Hazen area until he retired many years later. He also graded rice in the off-season at the Riceland mill here in Hazen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Tucker Duch; his parents, Julius & Mary Duch of Slovak and his brothers and sisters, Albin Duch, Bernadine Duch Skarda, Richard Duch, Lorraine Duch Madar, Jerry Duch, and Daniel Duch. He is survived by his one child Nancy (Bunny) Duch of Hazen and 4 grandchildren; Carrie Harrison of Searcy, Wendy (Jason) Kizzire, Cruise (Anna Scranton) Brinker all of Stuttgart, and Ashton Reichenbach of Hazen; six great-grandchildren, Ashlie Dryden of Hazen, Aaliya Ford of Searcy, Makenzie Ford and Taylor Leigh-Ann Borchert of Stuttgart and Kelsy and Kayla Caler of Elkins. Visitation will be at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 P.M. followed by Rosary at 7:00. Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 11, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle. Burial will be in the Slovak Catholic cemetery in Slovak.

Holly Marlene Minor Crosbie

Posted in Obituaries on September 5th, 2014 by admin

Holly Marlene Minor Crosbie, age 62, of Olathe, Kansas, died September 5, 2014. Holly was the daughter of James Calvin and Gloria Faye Minor born on October 18, 1951 in Evansville, Indiana. Holly was a journalist and a radio broadcaster.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Debbie Minor Leazure.

Holly is survived by one son, Don Zimmer of Olathe, Kansas; two daughters, Donna Marlene Hasman Black of Estes Park, Colorado and Lisa Jeanette Hasman McCoy of Carlisle, Ohio; three brothers, Todd Minor, James Minor, Jr., and Barry Minor all of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren Jeremy Clark, Derrell Cash, Christopher Hasman, William Cash, Joshua Cash, Taylor Black, Alexander Zimmer, Don Zimmer III, Jennifer Zimmer, Matthew Hasman, and Cameron Black and 1 great-grandchild Elijah Maes.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, September 7 at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas. Funeral services are 2:00 P.M., Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Peppers Lake Church of Christ. Burial followed the service at the Peppers Lake Cemetery. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Leta Pearl Fisher Perry

Posted in Obituaries on August 31st, 2014 by admin

Leta PerryLeta Pearl Fisher Perry, age 86, of Hazen was born on August 12, 1928, and went to her eternal home in Heaven on August 29, 2014. Let was born to Harrison and Mary Goacher Fisher and was raised by her mother and stepfather George Vail, Sr., after Harrison’s untimely passing. She was preceeded in death by her parents and husband, Rev. Charlie Perry, with whom she had been married for 62 years prior to his passing in 2009, and also by her brothers Gene Vail and George Vail, Jr. “Mamaw” Leta is survived by her sons Danny (Delores) Perry or Ward, Dale (Sara) Perry of Hazen, and Albert Perry of Hazen; grandchildren David Perry, Matt (Wendy) Perry, and Emily (Scott) White; great-grandchildren Kade, Mary Katherine, Mattie and Kami Perry, and Emma White; step-grandchildren Tania (Huey) Bush and Jamie (Annette) Felts; step-great-grandchildren Kayla (James) Riley, Arial (Kelly) Moore, and Colton Felt; step-great-great-grandchildren Korlan Riley and Kaleb Moore. She is also survived by her sister Frances White of Stuttgart, brother Edward (Helen) Vail of Stuttgart, sisters-in-law Margie Vail of Stuttgart, Lucille Vail of Hazen, and a host of nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own children.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 at Westbrook Funeral Home on Sunday evening. The funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church followed by a burial service at Center Point Cemetery.

Charles Edwin (Little Pete) Newsom

Posted in Obituaries on August 26th, 2014 by admin

Charles Edwin (Little Pete) Newsom, age 76 of De Valls Bluff, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at the V.A. Medical Center in Little Rock. Charley was a farmer, enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin”Pete” and Emma Newsom and a brother, Forest Mathis.

“Little Pete” is survived by two daughters, Terri Newsom of Romance, Arkansas and Lisa Austin of Grand Forks, North Dakota; one son, Chuck Newsom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; three grandchildren; Wesley Austin, Robby Newsom, and Lauren Neal and a sister, Becky Isbell of Hazen, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 P.M., Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 to 3:00 prior to the service.

Cremation arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Sarah Welty Betzner

Posted in Obituaries on August 18th, 2014 by admin

Sarah Welty Betzner, 90, of Hazen, Arkansas, passed away on August 16, 2014.  She was the daughter of the late Jesse A. and Sarah Elizabeth Welty of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Frank N. Welty and sister, Elizabeth Welty Perry.  She is survived by two sons, William Brooks Betzner, Jr. of Hazen and Frank Betzner (Lynne) of Little Rock, a neice, Suzann Welty Barr (John), and three grandchildren, Sarah Lynne Betzner, William James Betzner and Michael Brooks Sowell.

Sarah was raised in DeValls Bluff and lived most of her life in Hazen, Arkansas.  She was family and community minded and participated in several organizations helped in several activities in the community.   She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Hazen, serving as treasurer for a number of years.  She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and looked forward to those events.

She retired from the State of Arkansas Social Services Division and enjoyed many of her remaining retirement years traveling with friends and going to Razorback games.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Hazen or to Christ Lutheran School in Little Rock.

Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.M., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Kathleen Akins Hall

Posted in Obituaries on August 14th, 2014 by admin


Kathleen Akins Hall, 83, of Hazen departed this life on August 13, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

She was born in Prairie County on October 3, 1930 to Homer and Mildred Akins of Des Arc.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lamar hall; niece, Sue Dennis of Harrison, Arkansas and brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, LaNan Lisko and Vicki Horton both of Hazen; two granddaughters, Jamie Lisko Halijan of Carlisle and Janan Lisko Sickel (Mason) of Tollville; grandsons, Andy Lisko (Amy) of Slovak and David Horton (Kelly) of Birmingham, Alabama; great-grandchildren, Dara Kathleen Halijan, Cole Sheets, Drew Lisko, Maci and Isaac Sickel, Madison Sickel, and Beckett and Bauer Horton.

Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday,  August 16, 2014, at the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, August 15 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Pallbearers will be Cole Sheets, Drew Lisko, Matt Perry, and Dale Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Hazen Library or the Hazen Cemetery.

Mack Williams

Posted in Obituaries on August 8th, 2014 by admin

Mack Williams, 80, of De Valls Bluff, passed away on August 7, 2014 after a long 40 year battle with cancer.

He was born on January 14, 1934, in De Valls Bluff to Clarence and Bessie Brooks Williams.  Mack graduated from De Valls Bluff High School in 1952 and began working for the Army Corp of Engineers on a snag boat up and down the Mississippi river.

Except for 2 years living in Germany while serving in the Army, he lived his entire life in De Valls Bluff.  Upon returning from service in the Army, he went back to work on the river.  In 1970, he began working at Remington Arms in Lonoke and retired in December of 1993.

Mack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce Hall Williams; two sons, Vince (Michelle) Williams of Jacksonville, North Carolina and Russell (Shelly) Williams of DeWitt, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Caleb and McKenzie Williams of Jacksonville, N.C. and Erin Williams of DeWitt, Arkansas; one special niece, Haylee Chapman of De Valls Bluff and two sisters, Velda (Troy) Tacker of De Valls Bluff and Nancy Mason of Arizona.

Mack was a Christian and enjoyed attending church until failing health prevented it.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and so proud of his large garden, the fruits of which he shared with friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.