Dorothy Jean Young

Posted in Obituaries on May 27th, 2016 by admin

Dorothy Jean Young, 83 of Terrell, Texas formerly of Conway, died May 24, 2016.  She worked in the insurance business for many years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Jim) E. Young and her siblings, Alice Tomlinson, Everett Schafer, and Vivienne Pauschert.

Jean is survived by her children, Deby Young Langeloh (spouse, Greg) and Janet Young and grandchild, Bradley Langeloh.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M.Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Betty Lou Buckman Blaylock

Posted in Obituaries on May 27th, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Betty Blaylock photo 001Betty Lou Blaylock, age 83, passed from this life into Eternity at Unity Health Medical Center in Searcy, Arkansas on May 26, 2016 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was born on October 3, 1932 in Havana, Arkansas, to Ezra and Ocie Gray Buckman.  Betty was the eighth of nine children.  She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her brothers and sisters:  Gene Brinkmeyer; Lalle Dahlstrom; Noble Joseph Buckman; Arnold Buckman; James Buckman; Jack Buckman; Billie Lassiter; Raymond Buckman.  Betty loved her siblings and enjoyed sharing and remembering the experiences of growing up in a large family.

Betty was a graduate of Havana High School.  Shortly after graduation Betty married her high school sweetheart Paul Blaylock, and they would have celebrated their 67th anniversary on May 28, 2016.

Betty is survived by her husband, Paul Blaylock of Hazen, Arkansas; her daughter Paula Doss; son-in-law Rick Doss, of Little Rock, Arkansas.  She was Mamoo to granddaughter, Jennifer Doss; and great-grandson Noble James Doss, also of Little Rock.  Betty and great-grandson Noble shared a special love for each other.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Betty was a member of Hazen First Baptist Church for 62 years.  She loved her church and served by teaching three year olds in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years.  She wanted even the littlest children to know about Jesus and His love for them.  Later in life Betty took on the responsibility of cleaning the church and did so with love and attention to detail and gave that up only when Alzheimer’s began to severely affect her memory.

Betty and Paul moved to Hazen, Arkansas in 1954.  They grew to love this small town on the Prairie and were active in their church and community.  They attended sporting events as long as their health allowed and loved to cheer on the Hornets.  Betty was a member of the Hazen Study Club and valued time spent with friends while working on community projects.

Betty retired as a teacher’s aide from Hazen Elementary School after many years of service.  Even after afflicted by Alzheimer’s she would spot a child across the room, her face would light up, and she would want to make her way to them.

Betty loved being outside and enjoyed walks around her neighborhood, just to see who she could see.  She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling.  Betty was always ready to go anyplace any time, a trait she inherited from her dad.  “Miss” Betty was known in Hazen for her popcorn balls and loved handing them out to kids of all ages at Halloween.

Betty gave her all to everything that she did – she believed in doing a job and doing it well, and she did so with endless energy and determination.  Sitting still was not something she knew much about.

Alzheimer’s robbed Betty of her personality and memory too soon.  Her family and friends will always remember her outgoing personality, her quick smile, her hearty laugh, and her love of people.  We are grateful for the staff at Des Arc Nursing and Rehab who loved her and cared for her during these difficult days.  We are grateful too, for family and friends who have prayed for and supported Betty, Paul, and her family.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hazen, Arkansas, Bro. Jim McDaniel officiating.  Burial will be at Havana Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. in Havana, Arkansas. Funeral services are provided by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Daniel Lee Cessor

Posted in Obituaries on May 16th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Daniel Lee Cessor, 35, of Hazen, passed away  Saturday, May 14, 2016 at his home.  Daniel was a hard working man.  He thought the world of his family.  He loved to do anything outdoors; he especially loved taking his children hunting and fishing.  Daniel was a member of Peppers Lake Church of Christ in De Valls Bluff where he had a great church family.

In May of 2013, he was diagnosed with cancer.  Daniel fought so hard to beat the horrible disease, but three years later God had other plans and called him home.  Daniel always tried to see the good in everything and everyone no matter the situation.  He was always willing  to help anyone in need.  His family takes pride in knowing they will see him again in Heaven.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Fought,  a brother, Wayne Fought, his father-in-law, Charlie Tumey, a brother-in-law, James Tumey, and his grandparents, Lillie Bell and Noah Cessor.He is survived by his wife, Shawana Cessor; children, Tyler and Jessica Cessor; his mother, Glenda Fought; sisters, Deviane Edge of Hazen, Shannon Shatzer of Little Rock and Tabitha Wood of Hot Springs; his brother, George (Randy) Fought of West Virginia ;nephews, Hunter Fox, Zachari Edge, and, Adam Fought ; niece, Kierstin Shatzer and a host of loving aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:30 P.M., Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral service will be 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

Oscar William (Bill) Shaffer

Posted in Obituaries on May 10th, 2016 by admin

Oscar William (Bill) Shaffer, 76 of CarlisleAR, passed away on May 9, 2016.  He was born on March 18, 1940 in HittMO.  He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother,  and sister.  He is survived by his wife Mona Skaggs Shaffer, three sons Barry  (Annette), Brett  (Tammy), Reuben Scott (Lauren), one daughter Kara Shell (Greg), and five grandchildren. Visitation is Wednesday evening, 6 to 8 at Westbrook Funeral Home.  The memorial service will be held Thursday 2PM at the Methodist Church in Carlisle

Connie Rena Ingle

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

Connie Rena Ingle, 56 of Hazen died at her home on May 7, 2016.  She was a employee of Pizza Classic for over 20 years.  Connie is survived by her father, Edward Ingle of De Valls Bluff; two sons, Derrick (Shelby) Ingle of Lonoke and Anden Ingle of Hazen; two sisters, Debbie Riba of Lonoke and Vickie Daniel of Hunter;  and two grandchildren, Wyatt Ingle and Sara Ingle.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the First Assembly of God Church in Lonoke.

The family requests that everyone attending wear something bright and cheerful.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Russell Blanche Prine

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

Russell Blanche Prine, 68, of Hazen, died May 5, 2016.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hazen.  Russell is survived by her son, Heath (Sharona) Prine of Hazen; two daughters, Gina Pirtle of Hazen and Debbie Kellar of Des Arc; sister, Carlene Riddell of Texarkana, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M., Tuesday, May 10 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Marion Palestine Simmons

Posted in Obituaries on May 2nd, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Marion Palestine Simmons, 86, of Des Arc, passed away May 1, 2016.  She was born in Prairie County, Arkansas on February 2, 1930, the youngest of five children to Daniel L. West and Loretta J. McElroy.

She is survived by her children, Johnny Simmons and wife, Louise of Cabot, and Ronnie Simmons and wife, Kathy of Des Arc; four grandchildren, Jason Simmons and wife, jenny of Des Arc, Joshua Simmons and wife, Kim of Des Arc, Jocelyn Pannell and husband, Drew of Beebe, and Patrick Simmons of Cabot; five great-grandsons, Ryley and Emerson Pannell, Owen and Ethan Simmons, and Jase Simmons, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, John H. Simmons; her parents,  and her four siblings, Fairest West Patterson of Des Arc, Hardy H. West of Corinth Mississippi, D.L. West, Jr. of Des Arc, and Jessie West Burkeen of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Marion was a homemaker and a devoted minister’s wife for most of her adult life.  In addition to being a loving mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, she was a dedicated Sunday School and bible school teacher, choir member, pianist (when called upon), food server, clean-up person, and a willing volunteer for practically any other job that her church needed her to perform.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church near Hazen, Arkansas with burial at the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen.  The family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 4 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 941, Hazen, Ar. 72064 or the Hazen Cemetery, P.O. Box 92, Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Michael Eugene Edge, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on May 2nd, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Michael Eugene Edge, Jr., age 34, of Hazen, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  He was born December 5, 1981.  Michael was a 2000 graduate of Hazen High School and recently graduated with an associate’s degree from PCCUA.  Michael was a kind hearted individual that carried with him a contagious laugh that could make anyone smile.  He loved his family dearly; especially his niece, Olivia Kate.

Michael leaves behind his loving father, Mike Edge, Sr. of Hazen; mother, Debbie Slemming of Ohio,  brother, Jon (Amber) Edge of Hazen; niece, Olivia Kate Edge of Hazen; grandparents, Preston and Rosemary Edge of Hazen and Charles and Ann Robinson of Hot Springs; great-grandmother, May Bennett Williams of Carlisle; Aunt Karen (Allen) West of Hazen, Aunt Rebecca (Greg) Shelman of Hazen, Uncle Rick (Chantal) Edge of Butlerville, Uncle Don Williams of Carlisle, Aunt Carolyn Schmidt of Little Rock, Aunt Linda Sullivan of Carlisle, Aunt Sandy (Rob) Curtis of Michigan, and five loving cousins.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Hazen Calvary Baptist Church with B ro. Christian VanHouten officiating.  Burial will follow at the Center Point Cemetery.  The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 3, 2016  and from 9:00 A.M. Wednesday until services begin on Wednesday at the church.

“That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us”.  Helen Keller