Ferol Helois Coats

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


Ferol Helois Coats, 90, of Carlisle, died July 26, 2016 at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle.  Ferol was preceded in death by her husband, T.B. Coats.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carlisle and taught Sunday School for about 50 years.  She was last employed in quality control at Remington Arms.

Ferol is survived by one son, Donald Coats and wife, Judith of Cabot; daughter, Tommie Lois Harper of Carlisle; brother, Sam King of Memphis; sister, Patsy Kittler of De Valls Bluff; four grandchildren, Sarah Catherine Gray, Tim Harper, Adam Coats, and Monica Griffin and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 29, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Eldon “Doug” Connor

Posted in Obituaries on July 22nd, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Eldon “Doug” Connor, 89, of De Valls Bluff, a loving husband, father, and grandfather went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, July 22, 2016.  He was born on December 15, 1926, to the late August and Beatrice Connor of Tichnor, Arkansas.  He entered into the Army in February, 1945 and served his country during World War II.  He was discharged from the Air Force after serving in both branches with the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal.  Upon leaving the service, he was employed by Arkansas Power and Light, now Entergy, and retired after 42 years of service.  He was a volunteer on the De Valls Bluff Fire Department, retiring after 30 years.  Doug was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and camping with his family and friends and a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of De Valls Bluff.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Harmon Glen Connor and brothers, Vogene and Hugh Connor.  Doug is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anna Faye Harmon Connor; daughters, Darlene Connor of De Valls Bluff and Roxanne (Rick) Bray of Carlisle; grandchildren, Tucker Connor, Aaron (Shannon) Bray, Josh Bray, Kase (Kelly) Robnett, Desha Thomas, Kerry (Darren) Butcher and 12 great-grandchildren, Kaden, Karson, Connor, Christopher, Caison, Cael, Jessika, Garrett, Dominic, Michael, Brianna, and Jacob.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 6-8 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  Funeral service will be held Monday, July 25, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Dorothy Kimsey Ransom

Posted in Obituaries on July 22nd, 2016 by Stephen Duch

Dorothy Kimsey Ransom, 77, of Stuttgart, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016.

She was born February 15, 1939 at Bayo Meto, Arkansas.  Dorothy was retired from Riceland Foods.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ike Ransom of Little Rock; her mother and dad, Emery and Lucille Kimsey and Eva Garrison Kimsey; three brothers, Bobby Kimsey, Don Kimsey and Harold Kimsey.  Survivors are one son, Bruce Carroll of Stuttgart; two step-daughters, Elizabeth and Cathy Ransom of Little Rock; brother, Kenny Dryden of Stuttgart; three sisters, Joyce Turner of Little Rock, Bonnie Brackett of Temple, Texas, and Shirley Copeland of Belton, Texas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dorothy’s request is to be cremated and no funeral.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Joe Emery Caviness

Posted in Obituaries on July 15th, 2016 by Stephen Duch


Joe Emery Caviness, 81, of Hazen, died peacefully at his home with his wife of 59 ½ years by his side.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Leona Caviness; siblings, Clotene, Clorene, Dorothy, and Harry and his beloved grandson, Jake Caviness.  Survivors are his wife, Verda Mae; children, Rhonda Caviness Martin and husband David of Huntsville, Alabama, Harlan Caviness and wife, Monica of Carlisle, and Jason Caviness and wife, Jill of Hazen; grandchildren, John and Mark Martin, Zackery Caviness, Luke and Lily Caviness; sister Ruth and several nieces and nephews and host of friends.

Joe and Verda Mae Dewhitt married April 25, 1957.  Joe’s dad, Emery, retired in 1958 and Joe and Verda  assumed operation of the Dairy.  Verda helped Joe milk cows twice a day until July 1, 2000 when all the dairy cows were sold.  Joe and Verda had milked cows for forty-two years. Joe was a well known, respected cattleman who gladly and frequently shared his experience with younger cattleman in the area.  After selling the dairy cows, he maintained a herd of cattle on the Caviness family farm that established in 1992.  Joe was proud that the Caviness  family Farm was honored with as an Arkansas Centennial Farm in 2015.

Joe will be remembered as the ultimate story teller.  He could recall and retell events of the past in vivid detail.  If Joe could have planned his passing, it would have been just as it happened.  He spent the morning working on getting his equipment ready to make the next baling of hay, ate lunch with his wife and two of his grandchildren, did a little mowing, took a nap in his living room and woke up in heaven!

Joe was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen, Friday, night from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. . Funeral services will also be at Calvary at 10:00 A.M., Saturday with Christian VanHouten, pastor officiating.  Joe’s one request for his service was that Richard Hamlin, former Calvary pastor, sing “Beaulah Land”.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to the Calvary Baptist Church P.O. Box 565, Hazen, Arkansas 72064 or Jake Caviness Memorial Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 8, Carlisle, Ar. 72024.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Kevin Rounsavall, Stevie Kee, Matt Perry, Charles Stock, Donald Plummer, and Jerry White.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Judith Kaye Spitznagle Weems

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

Judith Kaye Spitznagle Weems, 72  of Hazen, went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2016.  She was born October 8, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois.  Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Weems and a son, Travis.  She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Goode and husband, Ronald; son, Linton Weems and wife, Candy; grandchildren, Summer Greenwalt (Chad), Cory Tallent (Chad), Brody Goode and Haden Weems; great-grandchildren, Garrett and Ryder Greenwalt, Maddox and Andi Tallent and a host of Family and friends.

She loved the Lord, to cook and take care of others to the best of her ability.  She loved to spend time with her family and was loved by all.  She will be great missed.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday, July 16, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, at Center Point Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Danna Jean Owen Shook

Posted in Obituaries on July 5th, 2016 by admin


Danna Jean Owen Shook, a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, departed this life on July 3, 2016, at the age of 86 years.  She was born on September 6, 1929, in Hazen, Arkansas, to the late Dan C. and Ethel M. Owen.  On July 4, 1947, she was united in marriage to Dr. Clayton Forrest Shook who precedes her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Danna and husband Ronn Hearn of Eureka Springs, and Sandra and husband Bryan Simoneaux of Enterprise, Alabama; four grandchildren, Jennie Hearn Wetterman, Benjie Jean Hearn Tinonga, Bart Simoneaux, and Brent Simoneaux; and six great grandchildren, Arden, Melissa, Tanner, Sydney, Noah, and Everett.

She served faithfully in the ministry as a minister’s wife for fifty-three years.  She managed the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary Bookstore in Minden, Louisiana, for twenty years.  After moving to Eureka Springs in 2002, she was member of the St. John’s Berryville Hospital Auxiliary and served as Chaplain.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Berryville.  At her death she was a resident of Brighton Ridge Nursing Center where she was named Ms. Brighton Ridge in 2014.

Visitation will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 PM, Thursday, July 7, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas.  The funeral service will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen, Friday, July 8, at 10:00 AM, with Rev Glen L. Hamilton, Rev Bryan Simoneaux, Rev Ron Province, Rev Jewel Vance, and Rev Freddie Holmes officiating.  Pallbearers are Ronn Hearn, Gregg Wetterman, Matt Tinonga, Bart Simoneaux, Brent Simoneaux, and Johnny Kee.  Burial will be at Center Point Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Berryville and Center Point Cemetery of Hazen.  Local arrangements are under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen, Arkansas.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at