William Bedford Thrasher

Posted in Obituaries on February 18th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

William Bedford Thrasher, 86, of Carlisle died Thursday, February 18, 2016.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a farm laborer.  William was preceded in death by his parents, William and Celister Thrasher; sister, Hazel Ward, and daughter, Valerie Campbell.

He is survived by three daughters, Julia Campbell (Tim), Rita Green (Rodney), and Nora Thrasher all of Carlisle; one sister, Lois Raborn of Carlisle; brother, Billy Joe Thrasher of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Jennifer Moore, Shawn Corley, Matthew Campbell, Ryan Campbell, and Brandon Green; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 20 at Landmark Baptist church.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemtery.

Sylvia Kay Daniels Hill

Posted in Obituaries on February 11th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Sylvia Kay Daniels Hill, 70, of Sherwood , died at 4:20 am, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, following a brave battle with cancer.

Sylvia Kay was born July 15, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Carlisle, Arkansas. She received her high school diploma from Carlisle High School and later married her high school sweetheart. They raised their family of four children in Sherwood.

Sylvia Kay was strong in her Christian faith, a devoted wife to her husband of 52 years, the best “Mama” her four children could ever ask for, and a dearly loved grandmother known as “Pockets” to her ten grandchildren. She had a smile that could light up a room.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Larry Joe Hill of Sherwood; four children, Larie Scallon and husband Steve of Sherwood, Timmy Hill and wife Ericka of Cabot, Kimberly Kelley and husband Danny of Cabot, and Dori Kramer of McKinney; ten grandchildren: Madison, Haydn, Kayleb, Dorianna, Zayd, MacKenzie, Avenley, Xander, Brinkley, and Ansley. Also survived by siblings Dan Daniels of North Little Rock, Bonita Huey of Carlisle, and Mack Daniels of Bryant.

She is preceded in death by her parents, J.C. “Doc” and Ethel Daniels, her sister Marilyn Parker and brother Jack Daniels.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 13, at Hamilton Baptist Church in Carlisle, Arkansas. David Maynard will officiate. Burial will be at the Hamilton Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy Hill, Steve Scallon, Danny Kelley, Bret Kramer, Haydn Scallon, Kayleb Scallon, Zayd Kelley, and Xander Hill.

Family will receive friends Friday, February 12, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home, Hazen, Arkansas.

Carl J. Garrich

Posted in Obituaries on February 11th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Carl J. Garrich died on February 8, 2016 peacefully at his home at the age of 97. Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Gloria Ward Garrich, his mother Pauline Dolny Garrich, his father Mike Garrich and his sisters Marie Garrich Hamel and Frances Garrich Senko.

Carl was a lifelong farmer and began farming in 1941. Carl was active on many levels including being past president of the Lonoke Farm Bureau, president of the Lonoke Grain Dryer, and serving on the Riceland Foods executive committee. In 1971 Carl began growing organic rice and became one of the largest growers in the country. He took great pride in recalling that he was the first farmer to produce 200 bushels of rice per acre in Arkansas.

In 1946 he married Gloria Jean Ward and and they had one child, Stephanie. Carl is survived by his daughter Stehanie Garrich McGhee, her husband Dr. Timothy McGhee and 5 grandchildren, Christopher Stephen McGhee, Michael Stuart McGhee, Matthew Mattimore McGhee, Bridget McGhee Wiggins and Zachary Michael McGhee as well as 8 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mr. Bob Skarda, Mr. William Skarda, Mr. Danny Smith, Mr. Christopher McGhee, Mr. Michael McGhee, Mr. Matthew McGhee and Mr. Jason Smith. There will be visitation at St. Rose of Lima Catholic church in Carlisle at 10:00 on Friday, February 12th, with a funeral mass at 10:30.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Mrs. Alice Smith who was his primary caregiver for the last 16 months. We would also like to thank Mrs. Louise Grayson and Mrs. Helen Holoman for all they have done to help Mr. Garrich over the years. A special thanks to Ellen Woodyard who was Carl’s Hospice nurse for all of her love and care for him. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either St. Rose parish or Baptist Hospice.

Marion Steele Phifer

Posted in Obituaries on February 9th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Marion Steele Phifer, age 85 of Paris, Tennessee, formerly of Hazen, Arkansas, died Monday, February 8, 2016 in Paris.  Marion married Donald T. Phifer on May 20, 1955.  He preceded her in death on May 2, 1998.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazen, Arkansas and attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Paris.  She and her husband were former owner’s and operators of Don’s Food Store in Hazen.  Marion taught 4th grade at Hazen Elementary School.  She loved to fish, watch sports(especially the St. Louis Cardinal’s), loved gardening and canning, and was very involved in church work with the Ladies Auxillary in Hazen Methodist Church and helping the Hazen Arkansas Fire Department.  Marion volunteered at Tomorrow’s Hope in Paris.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents Mildred and Loyce Steele, her sister, Frances Wages, brother, Maxie Steele, and grandchild, Tori LaDonna Dukes.

Marion is survived by her daughter, Karen Dukes and husband, Bro. Larry Dukes of Paris, Tennessee; son, Kevin Steele Phifer of Hampton, Arkansas; sisters, Marie Boone of Baldwyn, Mississippi and Ruby (Leon) Wigginton off West Memphis, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Nadine Steele of Baldwyn, Mississippi; grandchild, Lance (Christy) Dukes of Huntingdon, Tennessee; special granddaughter, Kate Sherard of Paris, Tennessee and great-grandchildren, Gavin Robbins, Haley Robbins, and Levi Dukes.

Memorial contributions may be made Tori Dukes Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Merchant & Farmers Bank, P.O. Box 700, Holly Springs, Ms. 38635.

A visitation will be held at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen with visitation from 11:00 to 1:00 prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.