Stella Beachler Shadle

Posted in Obituaries on April 26th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Stella Beachler Shadle, 42, of Hazen, a loving mother, wife, and friend to many, passed away peacefully at her home on the morning of April 25, 2016.  Loved by many, Stella spent most of her life taking care of those around her.  For most of her life, Stella worked in retail but when her health prevented her from working, she chose to stay at home and take care of her husband and son.  In her free time, Stella enjoyed the outdoors.  She took pride in her knowledge of farming, hunting, and fishing.

Stella is survived by her loving husband, Wylon Shadle; her son, Larry Beachler; her mother and step-father, Larry and Brenda Drennon; her mother-in-law, Patricia Jane (Parr) Shadle; sisters, Alice Smith and husband, David and Maxine Shelton and husband, Doug; brother, Auther (A.G.) and wife, Debee Beachler; uncles and aunts, James and Jenet Swindle, Jon and Evelyn Dunn, Roy and Frances Rose, Steve Parr, John and Betty Parr, Terry and Rhonda Stice, Don and Donnie Baker, Donny and Debee Stice; nieces and nephews, Katie and Camryn Shelton, Blake Smith, Stephanie Blazek, and Caleb Swiney.

Stella was preceded in death by her son, Brian Hughes; her father, Auther Beachler; aunt and uncle, Dale and Lee Morden, and her sister-in-law, Lori Belle Shadle.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 5:00 P.M., Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Peppers Lake Church of Christ south of DeValls Bluff.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

Doris Pasley

Posted in Obituaries on April 25th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Doris Pasley, 93, of Carlisle, the second of seven children born to Amos and Bessie Cohorn, was born October 22, 1922 and died April 24, 2016.  She was the last survivor.

She was raised in the Gravel Hill community during the very heart of the depression; she understood what it meant to be poor.  Doris grew up on a rocky farm in hard times; an experience similar to many others of her time and place.  The days of chopping cotton, milking cows, cooking, caring for her blind grandmother, as well as other work, prepared her far better for the life she came to know than the time spent in the rural schoolhouse down the road a few miles away.

Her memory was extraordinary for dates, people, and places.  If she ever knew a fact, she didn’t forget it.  She was the family memory bank.

Doris was a quiet person with a certain innate dignity, and much preferred to be in the background and give place to others.  She found expression in service to others.

She came to Jesus as a teenager at the small Baptist church she attended in Gravel Hill, Arkansas.  Doris later taught children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  Through the years, her service also included preparing for an unknown  number of church pot lucks and Sunday dinners.

On July 4, 1942, she married Raymond Pasley at the preachers house late in the day after the preacher had finished feeding his stock.  They were married outside with little ceremony.  Yet this humble beginning did not make them feel slighted in the least, but rather happy to just be together.

They were devoted to each other until death parted them when Raymond died in 1996.  Their union produced four sons:  Larry, wife Alicia; Alton, wife Sharon; Mike, wife Jan, and Donnie, wife Janet.  There are eleven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and six great, great, grandchildren.

The early married years saw several moves.  Raymond was saved in 1948 and his priorities began to change.  They started farming in 1951 and did so until 1971.

Doris was a farm wife, and while he worked on the farm, she worked in the house and raised her boys.  Raymond had the easier job.  Doris also worked for over 30 years at the Shirlyn shop in Carlisle, helping Lucy, Faylynn and Windy with the store.

At Doris’s house, there was always an ample table.  None needed to go away hungry.

There was also going to be something for us boys to snack on after school.  She always looked out for us, always.  We knew she was in our corner.

Her grandchildren loved her and she them.  Nothing was more precious in her eyes than a baby, however she never got to have that baby girl.

Her life will be remembered but by few, but to us she was our strength and our safe haven.  We were blessed to know her love and call her Granny and Mamma.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 27 at The First Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Dorothy Sullivan Clarke

Posted in Obituaries on April 20th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

dot picDorothy Sullivan Clarke, 102, went home to be with her heavenly Father and family on April 20, 2016.  She was born August 5, 1913, in Center Hill, Arkansas, the first of four siblings.  Her father had multiple business occupations which resulted in many moves during her childhood. In the spring of 1931 the family moved to Hazen, Arkansas, where Dorothy met Harold Clarke (son of F.L. and Ila Clarke).  They were married in September 1932.  She remained a Hazen resident for 79 years before moving in 2011 to the home of her daughter and son in law, Carol and Bobby Wilson in Hot Springs.  She attended church at The Lake Shore Heights Baptist Church in Hot Springs where she helped in the nursery.

She took with her many happy memories of the people she knew and loved.   She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. G Fn Sullivan and Lucy Harrison Sullivan, her husband of 48 years, Harold Hamman Clarke, her sisters, Darliss Simons, Rhena Chapman, Gussie Guyer, and her grandson, Mike Wilson.  Those left to cherish her memory are her children Carol Wilson and husband Bobby of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Bobby Clarke of Hazen, Arkansas, Linda Pich and husband George of Denton, Texas, and Barbara Norman of Bella Vista, Arkansas.  In addition she is survived by grandchildren Mark Wilson of Stuttgart, Arkansas,  Lauree Bartholomew of Batesville, Arkansas, Clarke Pich of SouthLake, Texas, David Pich of Frisco, Texas, Joe Pich of San Antonio, Texas, Bill Norman of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Jeff Norman, of Bentonville Arkansas, sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 Saturday, April 23, followed by the funeral from 2 to 3 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas. Officiating at the funeral will be Chaplin Teddy Frye of Gentiva Hospice of Hot Springs.  Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Quapaw Care and Rehabilitation Center and the staff of Gentiva Hospice of Hot Springs.

Dorothy was a devoted Mother, grandmother, and faithful friend.  She was a gentle soul whose warm and hopeful nature inspired all those who knew her.  Her sweet disposition and smile will be missed by all.

William C. Denham

Posted in Obituaries on April 20th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

William C. Denham age 40 of North Little Rock, passed away April 19, 2016.  He was employed at Ally Finance Company for 14 years.  He is survived by his mother, Donna and step-father, Bill Driver; grandmother, Virginia Driver and special loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Chad was preceded in death by grandparents, Vernon and Eloise Ellis and William Driver, Sr.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be Friday, April 22 at 2:00 P.M. at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen with Bro. Christian VanHouten officiating.  

Pallbearers are Scott crump, Larry Lynn Ellis, David Dullis, Joey Worring, Joey Nicholas, and Danny Kelly.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemtery.

Judge (Jay) Forrest Sims III

Posted in Obituaries on April 14th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Judge (Jay) Forrest Sims III, age 85, of Little Rock, formerly of Hazen, died peacefully April 13, 2016, at The Nursing & Rehab Center at Good Shepherd in Little Rock.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  The first half of his life, Jay was a cotton and soybean farmer in Sherrill, Arkansas.  He later moved to Sherwood where he finished his career at Clark Machinery Company in Little Rock.  Jay was the first open heart patient in Arkansas at the age of 5 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1935.

He was married to the love of his life, Elouise for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Forrest Sims, Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Sims; his wife, Elouise Sims, and a son, Judge Forrest Sims IV.

Jay is survived by his son, Troy Lee Sims and wife, Becky of Ward, Arkansas; two daughters, Suzanne Cooper of Springdale and Vicki Harraghey of Corpus Christi, Texas; his sister, Elizabeth Ann Hutson of Lonoke; three grandchildren, Stephanie Wofford of Sherwood, Richard Forrest Sims of Ward, and Alexandra Marie Sims of Little Rock, and two great-grandchildren, Fernando Green and Yasmine Green both of Sherwood.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday April 16, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  This will be followed by a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel.

Theresa Lynn Lee

Posted in Obituaries on April 7th, 2016 by admin

Theresa Lee picture 001Theresa Lynn Lee, age 62, of Carlisle, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016.  She retired after 30 years with Southwestern Bell.  Theresa was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and the best friend anyone could have.

Theresa was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Hankin, Jr.; daughter, Shannon Lee and a brother, Steven Ayers.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Sam Lee of Carlisle; her parents, Jimmy and Dorothy Herrod of Pine Bluff; two children, Terri (Larissa) Lee of Little Rock and Michael (Roxanne) Lee of Arlington, Texas; three grandchildren and her brother, Dwayne (Katye) Ayers of Pine Bluff.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 10 in the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen.

Jeanette Marie King

Posted in Obituaries on April 7th, 2016 by admin

Jeanette Marie King, 75, of De Valls Bluff, died Thursday, April 07, 2016.  She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist church in De Valls Bluff.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Charles King; her son, Lynn King, and a grandson, Zach King.  She is survived by two sons, Guy (Angie) King and Bruce (Brenda) King both of De Valls Bluff; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Stephanie, and Dustin King; two step-grandchildren, Jacqueline Cay Hofstad and Paul Jerome Hofstad, and several cousins.

Jeanette was a loving mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, and will be missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00Friday, April 8, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M.Saturday, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.