June McClintock Gresham

Posted in Obituaries on February 25th, 2015 by admin

J.G. picture 001June McClintock Gresham, age 89, of De Valls Bluff, passed away February 24, 2015.  June was born June 13, 1925 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Joseph L. and Mabel Forrest Gresham.  He lived in Pine Bluffuntil he joined the Marine Corp. where he was severely burned over his entire body, except the bottoms of his feet, as the result of a flame thrower backfire, when thrown into a cave.  He spent much time recuperating in Guam, China, and in the Russell Islands.

June ran a skating rink in Brinkley, Arkansas for many years for his own rehabilitation and to create a clean and fun environment for teens and others and for sheer pleasure.  He taught many to skate backwards, to dance, and other unique moves.  He said many couples were married due to meeting at the rink.

Construction of Industrial buildings such as paper mills and auto plants took him to many cities in the country.

After his marriage to a school teacher, Vi, he moved  to De Valls Bluff, Arkansas where he was active in local organizations; city council, civic clubs, and a volunteer for many building projects.  June was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.  He loved sports and was a supporter of school sports programs, as well as the De Valls Bluff Fire Dept.

June is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vi Gresham and a host of in-laws, step-son, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and the community that he served.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff,Arkansas or to Gideon International.

Visitation will be held 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 27, 2015 at the First Baptist church in De Valls Bluff followed by funeral services at 11:00 A.M.. Burial with military honors will be in the Oakland Cemeteryin De Valls Bluff.

Frank J. Chudy

Posted in Obituaries on February 22nd, 2015 by admin

Frank Chudy 001Frank J. Chudy born, January 18, 1921 in Hazen, Arkansas to Vendeline and Julia Oslica Chudy who immigrated from Czechoslovakia.  He was the oldest of six siblings.  His parents both died when he was in his early 20’s, at which time he assumed care of his younger siblings as well as the family farm which his grandparents established in 1908. In 1942, he married his childhood sweetheart, Cecile Holmes.  They were married 57 years prior to her death in 1999.  He was a quiet man of few words and a dry wit.  He was most comfortable in his church, St. Rose of Lima in Carlisle, Arkansas and on the farm.

He loved his family, son, Frankie and daughter, Nancy as well as all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The noise and laughter was music to his ears.

In his early years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing on his farm.  After retirement from farming, he became skilled in wood working.

In 1994 his first great-grandchild, Taihlor, was born with a disability.  He used his wood working skills to build devices which he had hoped would help mobilize her and give her some independence.  He and Mamaw were probably two of the few who had a child’s car seat in their car to transport Taihlor back and forth for therapy.

He continued his wood working until just months before his death, enjoying each and every minute of it.

He was instrumental in establishing St. Rose Catholic Church from a little white frame building up to the modern brick building, hall, and rectory that it currently is.

He was preceded in death by his wife, as well as his two brothers, Ed and Wendell and sister, Evelyn Kempson.

He is survived by his brother, Connie and wife, Rook Chudy, and sister Adelaide Drotar.  Frank is also survived by his son, lovingly called, Frankie and wife, Nancy of Carlisle, Arkansas and daughter, Nancy and husband, Teddy Burnett of Maumelle, Arkansas; grandchildren, Allison Chudy Roberts (Mark) of Denver, Colorado, Michael Chudy (Karla) of Woodland, California, Amy Skelton (Matt) and Erin Simpson (Drew) all of Conway, Arkansas, Katy Ferguson of hot Springs, Arkansas, Mike Shalmy (Kathy) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Amanda Liberatore (Marcos) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elizabeth Meyer (Damon) of Little Rock, and Ben Burnett of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

His great grandchildren, the loves of his life, include, Taihlor, Sarah, Alex, Avery, Caroline, Anna Kate, Lauren, Kaley, Emma, Kyle, Kory, Hannah, Megan, Sarah, Christian, Eliana and Myles.

He is also survived by a most special niece Patricia Kempson Hagar of Nashville, Tennessee as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen. Visitation will be followed by Rosary at 7:00 P.M.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle, Arkansas. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Roydon Claire Myers Urton

Posted in Obituaries on February 18th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

Roydon Claire Myers Urton, 94, of Carlisle ascended into heaven February 17, 2015.  She was born September 19, 1920 to Roydon Clarence and Mabel Claire Myers Roydon.  Roydon was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Dorothy Jane Myers and her husband, Harry Urton.

She is survived by her son Cecil Myers Munnerlyn (Kathy) of Seagoville, Texas and her daughter, Jane Ann Harper of Carlisle and Santa Cruz, California; 5 grandchildren: Phillip Myers Munnerlyn (Brenda) of Scurry, Texas, Lori Denise Munnerlyn of Crandall, Texas, Julie Ann Varvil (Jason) of Quitman, Arkansas, Ryan Collins Harper (Kimberly) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jonathan David Harper (Angie) of Bellevue, Washington, 11 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and 4 step-children.

Roydon grew up in Carlisle and early on displayed musical talent.  She and three others sang as the “Birdsong Songbirds” on the radio during high school. After living most of her adult life in North Little Rock and Detroit, Michigan, she returned to Carlisle in the 1980’s and resided in the home where she was born.

Roydon was a skilled seamstress, enjoying sewing, cross-stitch, and quilting.  Other interests included Bible study, working all kinds of word puzzles, yard work, and cooking.

She was a devoted member of Carlisle First United Methodist Church where she led a Bible study and was a member of the intercessory prayer group.  As a charter member (1946) of the GFWC Carlisle Progressive Club she served in many elected positions including president twice, once in 1952 and again in 2000.

The family would like to express deepest appreciation to Chambers Nursing and Rehab Center in Carlisle for their  beyond-the-call-of-duty loving care.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Carlisle First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 417, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024.

Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Kay Cook

Posted in Obituaries on February 12th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

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Sharon Kay Cook, 66, of Biscoe, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock; She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and William Hutchens and two brothers, Charles Harry Hutchens and William Hutchens, Jr. Kay is survived by her husband of 46 years, Rickey Cook; daughters, Lindsay (Keith) McNeill of Hickory Plains and Jamie (Terry) Bush of Des Arc; grandchildren, Tristan Bush, Hallie Bush, Trevor Bush, John McNeill and Levi McNeill; three brothers, Norris Hutchens (Barbara) of Stuttgart, Jim Hutchens (Karen) of Vilonia, and William Hutchens (JoAnn) of Lonoke; two sisters, Linda Mathis of Hazen and Pam Robinson of McKinney, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Biscoe. Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bobby Cook, Bobby Willeford, Donnie Gilmore, Michael Hutchens, Billy Warren Cook and Roger Cook.

Randy Schafer

Posted in Obituaries on February 11th, 2015 by admin

Randy Schafer, 64, of Lonoke, beloved husband, Daddy and Pop-pop, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. He was born April 9, 1950 to Melvin and Judy Schafer of Lonoke.
He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Claire Haygood Schafer. He was Daddy to tow daughters, Christy (Larry) Duncan, Monica (Richard) Yager, and one son, Matt (Nicole) Schafer.
He was Pop-Pop to eight wonderful grandchildren, the light of his life; Lauren Yager, Taylor Duncan, Abby Grace Yager, Scout Duncan, Ella Schafer, Lilly Yager, Kate Schafer and Caroline Schafer.
Randy is also survived by his parents, Melvin and Judy Schafer; three sisters and one brother, Melba (James) Burleson, Julie (Roger) Ingle, Mark (Patricia) Schafer and Cindy (Mark) Uhiren.
Randy was a lifetime farmer and served as a member of the Lonoke County Co-Op Board of Directors for over 30 years.
Visitation and Rosary will be held Thursday, February 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle. Rosary will begin at 7:00 P.M.. The funeral will be held Friday, February 13 at 10:00 A.M.. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Carlisle Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in honor of Randy to Arkansas Hospice (arkansashospice.org/donations) or Association for frontotemporal Degeneration (theaftd.org).