Andrew Lynn Weddle

Posted in Obituaries on May 28th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

Andrew Lynn Weddle of De Valls Bluff, passed away on May 27, 2015.  He was born on June 29, 1926 to William Andrew and Olivia Weddle at Hazen, Arkansas.  He is survived by two brothers, 6 sisters, and one sister-in-law.

He was a veteran of W.W. II and Korean War.  He was wounded in Korea and awarded the Purple Heart.

After discharge from the Army, he attended State Teachers College in Conway.  He received a teaching degree and taught school in De Valls Bluff and Texas.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, May 29, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 30 at the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Burial with military honors will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

Linda Sue Hutchens Mathis

Posted in Obituaries on May 25th, 2015 by admin

Linda Sue Hutchens Mathis, 73, of Hazen, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.  Linda is survived by her long time companion Val Wright; sister, Pam Robinson of McKinney Texas; three brothers, Norris (Barbara) Hutchens of Stuttgart, Jim (Karen) Hutchens of Vilonia and William (JoAnn) Hutchens of Lonoke; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and William  Hutchens; her sister, Kay Cook and two brothers, Charles Harry Hutchens and William Hutchens, Jr.

Linda was one of a kind.  She was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be missed.  She was a loving sister, aunt, and friend.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

James E. (Jim) Sparks Jr

Posted in Obituaries on May 20th, 2015 by admin

James E. (Jim) Sparks, Jr. was born April 21, 1947. A native of Hazen, Arkansas, Jim studied music and served as drum major at the University of Central Arkansas and graduated with a Masters from Southern Methodist University. An accomplished musician, performer, and teacher, Jim directed more than 90 musical productions during 43 years in the industry, leading elite programs in Arkansas, Texas, and Illinois. Jim’s students have enjoyed great success in film, television, and stage productions at all levels including Broadway in New York City. Jim, himself an accomplished performer, also served as musical director and performer for several international cruise lines before returning to Texas. His summers were typically spent as a guest teacher and choreographer at various camps across the country. Just One Voice that touched so many others. Jim attended 1st Presbyterian Church in Houston and was a member of Hazen United Methodist Church. Jim is the son of the late James E. (Red) Sparks, Sr. and Sarah (Sally) Screeton Sparks, and grandson of the late Jerry J. Screeton and Hazel P. Screeton,  and E.V. and Ava Sparks all of Hazen. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Sparks and his wife Beth and their children, Sarah Sparks Diebold and William Sparks; and many, many lifelong friends who became family along the way. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration be given to memorials to: 1st Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004;  Hazen United Methodist Church: P O Box 712, Hazen, AR 72064; or The Staman Ogilvie Fund for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, Rehabilitation and Research in care of the Memorial Hermann Foundation: 929 Gessner Rd., #2650, Houston, TX 77024. Funeral services will be 1:30 P.M., Friday, May 22, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with visitation from 12:30 to 1:30 prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Evelyn Ann Sickel Whittaker

Posted in Obituaries on May 11th, 2015 by admin

Evelyn Ann Sickel Whittaker, aged 84, formerly of Hazen, died peacefully on May 10, 2015.  She was born February 27, 1931 in Tollville, Arkansas the daughter of Blanche and Adolph Sickel.

She lived in Prairie County most of her life and was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.  Evelyn Ann graduated from De Valls Bluff High School and then attended Texas State College for Women (now TWU) in Denton.

In 1971 she brought the Country Closet in Hazen and managed it for 28 years before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Whittaker, and a brother Horace “Pete” Sickel.  She leaves her two daughters, Cindy Allen and husband, Dave of Batesville, Arkansas; Candy Linn and husband, Donald of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas; two granddaughters, Erin Finzer and husband, Bert of Little Rock and Kathryn Lagus and husband, Todd, of the Woodlands, Texas; one grandson, Brad Allen and wife, Brandy of Fayetteville and four great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by two very special nephews and their families, Lindy and Alan Sickel of Tollville.

A service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville on May 13, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. The family will receive friends at the church Parish Hall prior to the memorial service from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M.

Graveside service immediately following the service at the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas.  In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Tollville, 1432 Hwy. 86 East, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas 72041 or to the Hazen Cemetery P.O. Box 92, Hazen, Ar. 72064

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.