Thomas “Glen” Chance, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on March 30th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Thomas “Glen” Chance, Jr., 56 of Austin, Arkansas left on his journey home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2016.  He was born to Thomas, Sr. and Mildred (Hunt) Chance on November 28, 1959 in Little Rock.  He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Glenda.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Patty); mother and dad, Mildred and Jack Hughes of Austin; his daughter, Tanya (Bo) Mackie of Carlisle; son, James (Allie) Farish of Alexander; grandchildren, Erin and Aiden of Alexander and Marisa and Giana of Roanoke, Virginia; brothers, Curt (Bertie) and Jimmy of Carlisle; sisters, Shannon (Aaron) Bray of Carlisle and Melissa Chance of Houston, Texas; nieces, Ashley, Hannah and Angel and nephews, Kaden Karson and Zach and a grand nephew, Connor.

Glen worked for the Lonoke County Road Department for 20 years.  He loved his work and the people he worked with.

Glen had a deep religious conviction and very strong sense of family.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.  He was a generous and loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandpa.  It gave Glen pure joy to make others smile.  Always ready with a joke to ease another’s pain or anxiety.  His sense of humor was awesome.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the team on 7E floor a UAMS.  They are truly the warmest, kindest, and most compassionate people on earth.  They gave Glen and the entire family comfort and love when we needed it most.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery North of Carlisle.

Carolyn Jane Jordan Byrum

Posted in Obituaries on March 23rd, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Carolyn Jane Jordan Byrum, 78, of Carlisle, Arkansas, passed from earthly to heavenly life on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She was born June 9, 1937, in Dallas, Texas, to George and Myrtle Jordan.  Raised in a Christian home, she entrusted her heart and soul to Jesus Christ at an early age and faithfully followed Him all her life.  She graduated from Texarkana Arkansas High School in 1954, and attended Texarkana Junior College and Baylor University prior to graduating from Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia in 1958, with a B.A. in English.  

She met the love of her life, Jimmy Byrum, while serving as organist at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Texarkana, Arkansas, in 1954.  Married August 16, 1957, in Texarkana, they were blessed with 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren during their 58 year marriage.  The Lord called her to be a pastor’s wife and she was blessed to minister alongside her husband in churches in

Fort Towson, Oklahoma, Longview, Texas, and in Texarkana, Keo, Toltec, Ward, and Carlisle, Arkansas.  She was an accomplished musician, using her talents as church pianist and organist as well as teaching piano lessons much of her adult life.  She loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them.  She also enjoyed sewing, travel, and teaching her Sunday School class.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, and by sister Mary Turner and brother George W. Jordan, III.  She is survived by her husband, Rev. James D. Byrum, of Carlisle, Arkansas; 2 sons, Jerry (Sherri) Byrum of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jim (Susan) Byrum of Bentonville, Arkansas; 3 daughters, Mary Jane Byrum of Carlisle, Nancy (Philip) Posey of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ruth Ann (Tim) Blair of Carlisle; grandchildren, Julie (Joel) Stone of Maumelle, Arkansas, Kathryn (Chad) Benson of Maumelle, Daniel (Courtney) Byrum of Maumelle, Luke Byrum of Little Rock,

JD (Julia) Byrum of Bentonville, Taylor (Jamie) Byrum of Champaign, Illinois, Justin Tefteller of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jamie Cox of Carlisle, Haley, Kristen, and Jacob Posey of Fort Worth, and Izzy and Nessa Blair of Carlisle; and great-grandchildren, Eden Grace and Isaiah Benson, Charlee Kate Stone, and Harper Byrum.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to Trinity Chapel Baptist Church in Carlisle, Arkansas, or donations made to Operation Christmas Child thru Samaritan’s Purse.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 24, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas.  Memorial service will be held Friday, March 25, at 10:00 AM, at Trinity Chapel Baptist Church in Carlisle, Arkansas, with interment to follow at Walters Chapel cemetery north of Carlisle.

Robin Melinda Kelly

Posted in Obituaries on March 17th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Robin Melinda Kelly, 51 of Hazen, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016.  She was a homemaker.  Robin was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lula Fay Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Kelly of Hazen; son, Joshua Kelly; three daughters, Jessica (Zach) Heinmiller of Hazen, Melinda (Jason) Fryer of Carlisle, and Heather Michelle Kelly of Port Lucie, Florida; brother Rusty Crump of Moro and five grandchildren, Gage, Chase, Killian and Kylie Heinmiller and Jace Kelly.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, March 17 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Robert Lawrence Wagner

Posted in Obituaries on March 7th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Robert Lawrence Wagner, 77, of Bryant passed away on March 5, 2016.  He was born on August 18, 1938 in Prairie County to Jack and Alene Wagner.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Little Rock.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Billie Crofford, brothers-in-law, Don Newkirk and J. R. Crofford and a niece, Kathy Copeland.  He is survived by a sister, Ann Newkirk of Des Arc and nephews, Keith and Jeff Newkirk and Curtis and Lawrence Crofford.

Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 8, at the Hazen Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.  Honorary pallbearers will be Keith, Jeff, and Alex Newkirk, and Adrian, Justin, and Allen Crofford.  Visitation will be on Monday, March 7, from 6-8 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home , 183 North Livermore Street in Hazen, Arkansas.

Clara Maxine Guess Weems

Posted in Obituaries on March 5th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Clara Maxine Guess Weems of Hazen was born in the Brown Grove Community to John and Nettie Stanley  Guess on January 30, 1921 and went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 4, 2016 after a long illness.

She graduated from Des Arc High School in 1938 and married the love of her life, Eli Weems, in 1941.  Her husband served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and they lived in several different cities and made life-long friends.  Much later, after retirement, this group of friends met annually in various parts of the country which spurred them to travel and enjoy new areas.

In 1951, with their two children, they moved to Ft. Worth for better job opportunities.  Maxine loved being a Texan and was very involved with her family, friends, and church.  She was a great cook and a very loving mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  One of her greatest joys was working in the Russell Stover Candy Store when the stores were beautifully decorated and candies prominently displayed.  One of the most enjoyed benefits was being able to eat all the candy you wanted while on duty! She continued to work for them when the family was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia in 1964.  Even after retiring and moving back to Arkansas, her chocolate of choice was Russell Stover.

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Clifford Guess and sisters, Dorothy Plant and Cassie Crowder.  She is survived by her daughter, Johnnie Davis and husband, Bob; son, Gary Weems and wife, Shirley; grandchildren, Darren Dailey (Rhonda), Delaine White (Brian), Ryan Weems (Shannon), Autumn Wood (Bobby), and Jackie Davis; seven great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 6, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.   Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 7, at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 289 Front Street, Hazen, Arkansas 72064.