Zeak Staggs, 88, of Carlisle, died January 28, 2015. He was born August 26, 1926. Zeak was the youngest child of Will and Beulah Staggs. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retiree of Riviana Foods and a deacon of Landmark Missionary Baptist church of Carlisle, Arkansas. Survivors are Evelyn, his wife of 68 years and two sons, Will (Amy) of North Little Rock and Bill (Vicki) of Benton; four grandchildren, Brent (Josie) Staggs, Kim (C.W.) Gardenhire, Lisa (Tony) Barker and Brian (Danielle) Staggs; nice great grandchildren, Savannah, Isabella, and Harper Staggs, Katlin, Garrett, and Carolina Gardenhire, Aubrey and Ryan Barker and Bennett Staggs. Visitation will be Sunday, February 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 and service at 2:30, both at Landmark Missionary Baptist church in Carlisle. Burial will follow at Walters Chapel Cemetery north of Carlisle. Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist church.
Lee H. Kocourek, 89, of Tollville passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Baptist Health in Little Rock. Lee was born October 31, 1925 to Ed and Mabel Kocourek of Hazen. He was a lifetime farmer, loved hunting and fishing, gardening and yard work. He was a duck hunting guide at one time. He was a Korean War Veteran with the 13th Engineers and a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Edward Kocourek and wife, Pet and John R. Kocourek and wife, Sissy.
Survivors include his loving wife, Dott of 58 years; one son, Jack Kershner and wife, Linda of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Tami Adams and husband, Joe of Benton, Arkansas, Judy Ewing of Houston, Texas, and Vickie Thomas of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home on January 30, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.. Funeral services will be at10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 31 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.
Lydia Nadine Barlow, 95, of Carlisle, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Maggie and Harley Manson; her husband, Lewis Barlow; two sons, Richard and Ronnie Barlow and a sister, Evelyn Love.
She is survived by one brother, David Manson of West Little Rock; daughter-in-law, Mary Barlow of Carlisle; 4 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Trinity Chapel in Carlisle. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Chapel in Carlisle. Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.
Dorothy Belle Gates, age 82 of Hazen, died Monday, January 12, 2015. She was born July 9, 1932 in Prairie County, the daughter of Sherman and Odell Webb.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Gates; daughter, Linda Darlene Boothe, and sister, Arva Jean Robinson.
She is survived by one son, Carlos Gates of Hazen; 4 grandchildren, Danny Boothe, Tina Gladish, Cyle Gates, and Craig Gates and 6 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 15, at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.
Dora Lee Robinson, age 80 of Lonoke, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at her home. She was born March 3, 1934 in Almyra, Arkansas.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents, Russell Vern Kagebein and Dolly Kagebein Turley; her husband, Franklin Robinson, and a sister, Lela Mitchell.
She is survived by two brothers, David and Eddie Turley; three sons, Larry, Terry, and John Robinson; one daughter, Patricia Harrison; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.
Bessie Swaim, 94 of Hazen, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. She was born March 21, 1920 to Wincy and Oscar Jones.
When her husband, Bill was called to serve overseas in World War II, Bessie not only cared for their four children, but worked at the Defense Plant in Jacksonville.
Bessie was a hard working mother of seven children. When she and her husband, got their kids raised they moved to town. She worked at the shoe factory in Stuttgart until it closed. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending her flower garden. She also took up crafting and made many ornaments for her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; daughters, Nell Berry and Ida Mae Linam; son, Clea Swaim and five brothers and four sisters.
Left with loving memories are her daughter, Jessica Scarborough, of Fort Worth, Texas; sons, Moe Swaim and wife, Audrey of Carlisle, Tommy Swaim and wife, Judy of Jacksonville, Larry Swaim and wife, Wanda of Des Arc; son-in-law, Robert Linam of Vilonia; 21 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M, Friday, January 9, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 10 at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church North of Hazen. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Center Point Cemetery.
Gerald Meiner, 87, of Hazen, went home to the Lord on January 3, 2015. he was born and attended school in DeWitt, Arkansas. Gerald’s survivors include his wife of 68 years, Nye Meiner and son, Mark Meiner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Mabel Meiner and brother, Bill Meiner.
Gerald began rice farming at the age of 8 and retired at 73. He also served in the Army. Gerald’s interests were his relationship with the good Lord, family’s wishes and well being, farming, friends, the outdoors, news and weather.
As a young man he loved duck and deer hunting. Gerald will truly be missed as he always was concerned with the right way to do things in life particularly his interactions with other people holding their wishes and well being above his own.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.