Dorothy A. Kocourek

Posted in Obituaries on October 31st, 2015 by Stephen Duch


Dorothy A. Kocourek of Hazen, widow of Lee H. Kocourek, passed away, October 30, 2015 at the age of 89.  Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Paul and Alpha Wegert; her brother, Harman Edger Wegert; two sisters, Ruth Wegert Cobb and Paula Wegert Moyer.  She is survived by her son, Jack (Linda) Kershner of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Judy Ewing of Houston, Texas and Tami (Joe) Adams of Benton; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and three God children.

Visitation will be Monday, November 2, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at St. Peter’s Episcopal church in Tollville officiated by Fr. Darrell Stayton.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the Hazen Cemetery P.O. Box 92 Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Brenda Joyce Phillips Autry

Posted in Obituaries on October 30th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

Brenda Joyce Phillips Autry, age 62 of Carlisle, died October 24, 2015.  She is survived by two sons, Jeffery Wise and wife, Vickie and Franklin Ray Wise, Jr. and one daughter, Linda Joyce Rasdon and husband, Steve.  She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Don Wise.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Family Gathering Church in Lonoke.

Margaret Sue Rogers

Posted in Obituaries on October 13th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

Margaret Sue Rogers passed away at Springhill Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the age of 79.  She was born in Hazen on July 23, 1936, the daughter of Alazar “Doc” and Irene Sparks.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Rogers, Sr.; her sisters, Ann Long and Liz Sparks; a son, Trey Rogers, and a daughter, Donna Rogers Carter.

Sue is survived by two daughters and four sons:  Ruby and Jim Hryiewicz of Sherwood and Carol Sue Beckham of Hazen; Gary and Mala Rogers of North Little Rock; Terry and Saraya Rogers of Bald Knob; Rusty and Kim Rogers of Hazen, and Gregg Rogers of North Little Rock.  She also leaves behind nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Sue and her husband Carl opened their first grocery in 1956 in Biscoe; they later opened an additional store in Hazen in 1966 as Rogers Foodliner Grocery Store.  They also operated a grocery store in Des Arc.  Sue was regular fixture at the stores assisting Carl in the day-to-day operations of the business.  She took great pleasure in all things “Hazen”, whether it was the Hazen Hornet athletic teams or the Hazen Rice Festival.  She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren perform athletically and on stage; they always had a fan in “Nanny”.  Sue’s spare time was taken up in traveling, gardening, or lunching with friends.  She was happiest when she was cooking for a house full of children and grandchildren.  Sue was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 15, at 10:30 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen and will be officiated by Bro. Christian VanHouten, with burial to immediately follow in the Hazen Cemetery.  Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening, October 14, 2015.  Pallbearers will be Rex Long, Rex Allen Long, Timothy VanHouten, Josh VanHouten, Donnie Boothe, and Glen Carroll.  Memorials may be made to the Hazen Booster Club or the Hazen Baseball Association.

Lorie Michelle Red

Posted in Obituaries on October 10th, 2015 by Stephen Duch

Lorie Michelle Red, age 42 of Hazen, died Friday, October 9, 2015.  She was born in Stuttgart on October 23, 1972.  She was preceded in death by her father, Lynn Red.

Michelle is survived by her mother, Maurisa Whittenburg of Carlisle; her son, David Taylor Red of Hazen; her brother, Dave Leander Red of Woodlawn and two nephews and one niece.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  A graveside service will be 4:30 P.M., Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Hazen Cemetery.