Sue Carter

Posted in Obituaries on May 30th, 2014 by admin

suecarter1_20140531jpgSue Carter passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Rebecca Susan Hawley was born to John and Virginia Hawley on Tillar, AR on March 5, 1926.  A child of the depression, Sue learned early that joy came not from material things, but from within. She carried this with her throughout her life, finding joy in love of her family and friends and bringing joy all along the way. Sue was All-State basketball in high school. As a senior, she was Arkansas Oratory Champion, and went on to place second in the National Oratory Competition, being the only female contestant. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with honors where she received a degree in Home Economics. She was 1948 Agri Queen and a Razorback Beauty. She was selected along with a small group of women to bring back the Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha to the campus of WWII. Sue loved to cook and entertain. One of her recipes for Cajun Okra over rice won a national contest, appearing in the cookbook, “American Buffet.” Known for her warm and encouraging nature, Sue was a beloved and respected leader in her community. She was an active and faithful member of Hazen United Methodist Church and took charge of organizing meals for services for over 30 years. Sue was an extraordinary bridge player.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Carter, of Hazen. For 57 years they shared their lives and raised 5 children; Becky Wakefield of Dallas, TX; Alan Carter of New York, NY; Dr. Virginia Lewis of Prairie
Groove, AR; Dr. Niki Carter of Little Rock, AR; and Dr. Christi Bruening of Mt. Sterling, KY.  She was SuSu to her 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday May 30th for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, AR. Her memorial service is Saturday May 31st at 10 a.m. at the Hazen United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hazen United Methodist Church, The Hazen Cemetery Fund, or the American Heart Association.

Homer Edward Martin

Posted in Obituaries on May 28th, 2014 by admin

1-Homer Martin 001Homer Edward Martin of Carlisle, passed away May 26, 2014.  He was born April 11, 1942 in Colt, Arkansasto Homer Lee and Maude LouElla Martin.  He was a diesel mechanic for Carlisle Implement for 37 years, serving farmers in Lonoke and Prairie counties.  He was a devoted father and faithful member of CarlisleFirst Baptist church.  He was known as a gentle and kind man, a good neighbor, and a dedicated Christian.

Homer is survived by his children, Teresa DeVore (Tim) of Des Arc, and Steve Martin of De Valls Bluff; 5 grandchildren, Mason, Rachel, Kara, Zac, and Sarabeth, and a sister, Geralding Borden of Colt, Arkansas.

Services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 29 at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle.  The family will receive friends for visitation at 1:00 P.M. prior to the service.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

John A. Bednar

Posted in Obituaries on May 6th, 2014 by admin

John A. Bednar, 97, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, passed away May 2, 2014.  John was born in Slovak, Arkansas in 1916.  He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in his 20′s where he began working at Mondie Forge as a wheelbarrow pusher and moved up to foreman.  John married Mary Lafko and they built a home in the suburbs where they raised their family; they were married for 29 years.  After retirement and his wife’s death, he returned to Arkansas where he bought a farm and raised cattle.  Following his marriage to Mary Halijan, he sold the farm and moved to Carlisle, Arkansas; they were married for 25 years.  After his second wife’s death, he moved to Illinois and resided with his daughter and son-in-law.  John was a member of the Knights of Columbus and ela township 55 Plus Club.  John enjoyed woodworking, and was known for the wooden replicas of antique engines he made using only his imagination; some engines are on display in museums in Iowa.  His latest interest was working on his lathe making wooden bowls, goblets, and duck callers and he also enjoyed bingo, Tripoley and exercising at the Senior Center.  He looked forward to spending his winters in Texaswith his son’s family where he helped rehab their lake house property.

John is survived by his children, Kathleen (James) Felice and John M. (Nancy) Bednar; his grandchildren, Christopher (Stacey) Felice, Nichole (Daniel) Wasilewski, Timothy (Grace) Bednar and Chad Bednar; his great-grandchildren, Hailey and Brayden Felice and Samuel Wasilewski; his sister, Augustine Melkovitz and many nieces and nephews.  John was preceded in death by his first wife and second wife; grandchild, John Matthew Bednar; his brothers, Edward, Elmer Phillip, and Vince and his sister, Veronica.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. followed by Rosary at 6:30 on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 9, 2014 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Arkansas.  Burial will be in the Slovak Catholic Cemetery.