Remle Keith Thomas

Posted in Obituaries on June 29th, 2015 by Stephen Duch


Remle Keith Thomas, age 61, of North Little Rock, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2015.  He was born February 13, 1954, the son of Remle R. Tomas and Donna Krumpen Thomas.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by one son, Jason Thomas (Amber) of Hazen and one adopted daughter, Amanda Thomas Looney (Jimmy) of Oklahoma; three brothers,  Randy Thomas (Diane) of Texas, Robert Thomas (Becky) of Texas, and Jim Hutchins of Florida; one sister, Linda Hildebrand (Raymond) of Stuttgart; four granddaughters, Jalynn and Jaycee Thomas of Hazen and Caitlin and Kendall Looney of Oklahoma.

Keith graduated from Stuttgart High School where he was an outstanding athlete.  He also attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.  He was employed at Remington Arms in Lonoke, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel, 115 North Livermore Street, Hazen, Arkansas at 1:00 P.M..  Burial will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery, 1740 Hwy. 79B, Stuttgart, Arkansas.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Embassy Church, 500 Parkdale, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117 or to a charity of your choice.

Gerald (Jerry) Sanders

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


Gerald (Jerry) Sanders, 75, of Hazen was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas on April 5, 1940.  He entered his new eternal life with family by his side on June 18, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He never met a stranger or was short on words.  He was a friend of Jesus Christ and taught Sunday school most of his adult life.  He loved his family with all of his heart and always lived life to the fullest.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961 on the U.S.S. Moale as a boilerman.  He retired from the Army National Guard and Pine Bluff Arsenal.  He married Martha Taylor in 2003 after losing his first wife, Jean Forrester Sanders to heart complications.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Dorothy Sanders; sister, Shirley Tubbs McFarlin, and first wife, Jean.

He is survived by wife, Martha; daughter, Lanan (Rick) Adams of Cabot; sons, Shane (Sherri) Sanders of Vilonia and Jerry Lynn Sanders of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren, Rosa-mae, Alex, Shana, Candace, Madison, Becky, Janson, Carson and Grayson and many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, June 19, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  A service celebrating his wonderful life will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 20, at the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Gideon’s International.



George Marion Mack, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on June 9th, 2015 by Stephen Duch


George Marion Mack, Sr. was born December 9, 1939 and passed away Sunday, June 7, 2015 at his home in the Oak Prairie Community in Des Arc, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Mack, Sr. of Stuttgart, Arkansas.

George is survived by a wife, Betty Mack of Hazen; daughter, Melody Robinson; granddaughter, Vandon Robinson of Hazen; daughter, Marta Clay and grandson, Kurtis Clay of Canada.

He will be remembered by his sister, Julia Ann Nall and husband, Sam of Stuttgart; his brothers, Joseph Mack and wife, Bonnie of Humphrey, Arkansas, Steve Mack and wife, Bonnie of Humphrey, Steve Mack of Augusta, and Charles Mack and wife, Jean of Senatobia, Mississippi.

He will be forever loved and remembered by his son, Marion Mack and wife Lynn who kept their promise to bring him home to love and take care of him.  He will be missed and remembered by his grandson, Andi Mack and fiancée, Sarah Watson which also helped as much as possible.

George was a member of Center Point Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a good hardworking man who loved his family and friends.  He was blessed to have a wonderful caregiver, Bethany Inman who loved and took excellent care of him.  He often said how much he loved and appreciated those who took care of him and he considered Bethany and her children to be family too.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M..  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen with Bro. Gary Malone officiating.

Pallbearers will be Andi Mack, Josh Simmons, Jason Simmons, Ronnie Simmons, Loy Kee, Jr., and Dennis Devore.  Honorary Pallbearers are Buck Weatherly, Jr. Weatherly, Loy Kee, Butch Weatherly, Greg Orlicek, and John Parr.

Matilda (Tillie) Rose Behil Orlicek

Posted in Obituaries on June 2nd, 2015 by admin

Matilda (Tillie) Rose Behil Orlicek of Des Arc was born in Flint, Michigan on October 5, 1926.  She was born to Steve and Mary Behil.  Matilda was the oldest of five girls.  Her sisters were Mary Behil, Rose McArthur, Helen Nester, and Ann Chema.  Matilda attended school in Flint, Michigan where she graduated from Flint High School.  She then attended two years of business college.  She married the late Francis J. Orlicek, whom she met through an aunt on his side of the family.  They wrote letters to each other while Francis was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  Matilda worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company in Flint and Lansing, Michigan, Jonesboro, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

She and Francis had a family farm and worked together on the farm.  Matilda loved gardening, family, and people.  Tillie never met a stranger.  She loved her time as a teacher’s aide for second graders, to substitute teach, and to help the elderly. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers in Hazen and Des Arc, Royal Neighbors, 4-h leader, and a member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak and later a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia (James) Holloway, Phyllis (Dale) Colclasure and Cynthis (Doug) Orlicek-Jones; sons, Michael (Susan) Orlicek, Stephen (Phyllis K) Orlicek, and Gregory (Irene McCray) Orlicek.  Matilda leaves 13 grandchildren, Aleisha Shurley, Mark Holloway, Tim Holloway, Eric Orlicek, DeAnna Miller, Nicole Creason, Jake Orlicek, Ben Jones, Andrea Jones, Chris Jones, Jillian Bowls, Alex Orlicek and Collett McCray and 10 great-grandchildren, Haven Holloway, Kade Holloway, Haley Miller, Logan Miller, Weston Miller, Ayden Shurley, Ashton Shurley, Archer Shurley, Everett Jones, and Chandler Jones.

Funeral services are 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be Wednesday, June 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen followed by Rosary at 7:00 P.M.

Pallbearers are Ben Jones, Chris Jones, Eric Orlicek, Mark Holloway, Tim Holloway, and James Shurley.  Honorary pallbearers were James Allen Walicki, Doug Jones, Jake Orlicek, Ken Orlicek, and Dale Colclasure.

Interment will be in the Czech National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials be made to the Czech National Cemetery or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Johnny Lee Green

Posted in Obituaries on June 1st, 2015 by admin

Johnny Green picture 001Johnny Lee Green, loving husband and father departed this life May 31, 2015.  He was a 1963 graduate of Hot Springs High.  From 1966-1970, he honorably served his country in the United States Air Force.  Johnny’s passion for helping others led him to a distinguished career in law enforcement.  He began his career at the Hot Springs Police Department serving his local community before moving on to become an instructor at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden.  He spent years with the Department of Transportation and Safety before being appointed as Chief Deputy of Saline County.  He spent his last years of service working for the Department of Community Corrections before retiring after 38 years.

Even in retirement he continued to serve and educate others.  Johnny taught several criminal justice classes at the Garland County Community College and was a licensed concealed weapons instructor.  Johnny was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time at camp with family and friends.  He could be found every Saturday morning with his wife garage selling, before returning home to work in the yard at Green Acres. 

He was born on April 4, 1945 to J.D. and Clarice B. Green in Blytheville, Arkansas.  He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joann; two sons, Michael Green and Marty Demmitt, both of Hot Springs; one daughter, Jo Ann Demmitt of London; brother, David Green and wife, Cindy of Hot Springs; two sisters-in-law, Sharron (Troy) Stallings and Louise (David) Nettles, both of Hazen; niece, Tabitha (Matt) Green-Keller of Dublin, Ohio; three nephew’s, Christopher (Holly) Taylor-Green of Pensacola, Florida, David Nettles of Beebe, and Rick (Jenn) Stallings of Hazen; one great niece and one great nephew and a host of loving family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service celebrating Johnny’s life will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 at Winans Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

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