Billy Joe Pryor

Posted in Obituaries on October 27th, 2016 by admin

Billy Joe Pryor of Carlisle, died October 27, 2016.  He was born July 22, 1934, the only child of Luther Wilburn Pryor and Agnes Naomi Boals Pryor. 

Billy Joe and Bobbie were married June 21, 1956.  They were blessed to have 60 years of marriage.  He was drafted into the army in December of 1956, serving his country for two years in Germany.  He retired from Mississippi River Transmission Corporation after 30 years of dedicated service.  He enjoyed 27 years of retirement.  Billy graduated from Carlisle High School in 1953, was a member of First BaptistChurch and a member of CarlisleAlumni Association.

Billy is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Milligan Pryor; daughters, Dena Meredith and Erica (Willy) McCallie; granddaughters, Lacy Meredith and Casey (Justin) Haycook; three great-granddaughters, Michala and Paige Chadwick, and AnnaBeth Haycook; two step grandchildren Maria and Thomas McCallie.

The family wants to thank Chambers Nursing Home and Hospice Care for the wonderful care given to him the last few weeks of his life.  Funeral services will be 2:30 Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle with visitation from 1:30 to 2:30 prior to the service.

Jeddy R. Wallach

Posted in Obituaries on October 26th, 2016 by admin

Jeddy R. Wallach, 71, of Biscoe, passed away on October 23, 2016 in Baptist Hospital at Little Rock.  Jeddy was born in California and moved to Arkansas in 2010.  He really enjoyed living here in Arkansas.  He moved here with his wife previously known as Patricia Avants.  Jeddy is survived by his loving wife Patricia Ann Wallach; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremie and Heather Wallach; sister’s-in-law, Linda (Dave) Patterson and Janice (Gary) McCullough; brother-in-law, Jim (Anita) Avants and nieces and nephews.  He will truly be missed.          RIP, Jeddy.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his home.

Markoleta Elizabeth Black

Posted in Obituaries on October 15th, 2016 by admin

Marky Black 001Markoleta Elizabeth Black, 86 of Hazen died Friday, October 14, 2016.  She was born November 10, 1929 in Tollville, Arkansas to the late Dewey Hobson Toll and Nellie Newkirk Toll.  She was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Stuttgart and also attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.  She graduated from DeValls Bluff High School in 1948 where she played basketball and met her husband Arnold Black, whom she married November 19, 1948.  Along with raising four children she worked full time as an assistant to Dr. Travis Matthews, M.D., a long-time physician in Hazen, Dr. John Vowell, D.D.S., a long-time dentist in Hazen, Proctor Tire Service and Hazen Public Library.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Dewey Toll.  She is survived by her husband Arnold Black of Hazen, son Dickie (Linda) Black of Pine Bluff, son Danny (Leslie) Black of Little Rock, daughter Paula (Phil) Prislovsky of Stuttgart and daughter Karen Black of  Hazen and one sister Gladys Hatfield of DeValls Bluff, grandchildren, Jennifer (Thomas) Burnett of Little Rock, Jamie (Chris) Dennis of Little Rock, Gabriel (Genevieve) McTigrit of Little Rock, Lauren Black of White Hall, Carly (Jake) Bokker of Hazen, Kelli Black of Bryant, Meryl Prislovsky of Hazen, Jillian (Justin) Horton of Fayetteville and Ariel (Vince) Tate of Des Arc and twelve great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful to the staff at Hospice Home Care in Pine Bluff for their compassionate care provided to Markoleta and her family.

Funeral service will be Monday, October 17, 2016 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Darrell Stayton and assisted by Janet King.  Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Please sign the online guestbook at  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Oakland Cemetery, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and The American Cancer Society.

Virginia King Coffman

Posted in Obituaries on October 13th, 2016 by admin

Virginia King Coffman, 80 of DeValls Bluff, died September 26, 2016.  She was born on February 23, 1936 to Guy and Viola king.  She left DeValls Bluff after graduation from high school but returned tin 1988.  She served on the city council, was active in the local Ruritan Club and had attended Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include children Linda Ludene “Clyde” Coffman and Ronnie Bearden of DeValls Bluff, Gail Adams of Stuttgart, Debbie Foster of Seattle, WA, a sister, Ludene Treadway, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and 3 nephews.  Her parents, husband Vance, granddaughter Melissa Lewis and brother Charles King predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held on October 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.  Memorials can be made to the church.

​Joy Palsa Mason

Posted in Obituaries on October 10th, 2016 by admin

wpid-wp-1476133454064.jpgJoy Palsa Mason, 84, of Carlisle, died peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Lakewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Little Rock due to complications from Alzheimer’s.  Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God and the love and prayers of family and friends lessened her burden in her final days.

A longtime resident of Carlisle, and a regular, active member of the First Baptist Church of Carlisle for decades, Joy was a faithful servant to God.  As a loyal member of the Bible Study Fellowship for 8 years, she loved her church and much of her life was spent in service of it.

Joy was born in Woodlawn, Arkansas (Lonoke County) on August 8, 1932 to parents, John Edward and Carra (Johnson) Palsa who both preceded her in death.  In 1949, the same year she graduated from Carlisle High School, she married her husband for the next 53 years, William Archie Mason, Jr., to whom she remained a loyal and faithful partner until his death in 2002.

Known for her kind and gentle disposition and strength from faith and family, Joy was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, and friend.  Along with her dedication to church and family, Joy was an administrative assistant for the Superintendent of Carlisle Schools for years and also spent time in the trust department at Citizen’s Bank & Trust in Carlisle.  She also was involved in several other civic organizations including the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, Progressive Club and especially, the Carlisle Alumni Association.

In addition to her brothers, Jim (Jean) Palsa of Winchester, Arkansas and Tim (Sue) Palsa of Carlisle, Joy is survived by her two children, John William Mason (len) of Sherwood, Arkansas and LaQuita Mason Bennett (Billy) of Carlisle and three grandchildren, John Mason Bennett (Miranda) of Oxford, Mississippi; Chad Michael Bennett (Brea) of Carlisle, and Amber Bennett Bynum (Martin) of Little Rock, and eight great-grandchildren, Lily Bennett and Weston Bennett; Mary Mason  Bennett, Brooks Bennett, and Walker Bennett; Bennett Bynum, LauraBeth Bynum and Welles Bynum and many other beloved nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

A visitation for family and friends of Joy will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 12 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 13 at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Memorials in memory of Joy can be made to the Carlisle Alumni Association, 825 East 6th Street, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024.