Martha Sue Scott (Tina)

Posted in Obituaries on November 25th, 2016 by admin

Martha Sue Scott (Tina), of Hazen, was born October 23, 1947, after a long hard battle with Alzheimer’s, she passed away November 24, 2016, at Chamber’s Nursing Home in Carlisle.  She was a devoted wife, mother of two, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five.  She was preceded in death by her mother, father, two sisters, and a brother.  Tina is survived by her husband of 47 years, James Scott; sisters, Margo Holmgren, Geniva Richardson, Sharon Allen, and Debbie Acree; two daughters, Penny (Buford) Crawford and Barbara (Floyd) Brune.

When she was younger, she was a caregiver who loved to travel and visit new places.  She has always been a wonderful woman and will always be in our hearts.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 26, prior to the service at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Bonnie Lois Rieke

Posted in Obituaries on November 18th, 2016 by admin

Bonnie Lois Rieke, 85, of Des Arc, died at her home Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Georgia Price. Bonnie had worked for the Dept. of Human Services and sold real estate and she was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Rieke; two sisters, Maxine Stewart and Phyllis Erwin and a little brother, Jr. Price.

She is survived by one daughter, Gaye Hurst (David) of Hazen; three sisters, Glenna Chandler of Des Arc, Ruby Carnahan of Stuttgart and Doris White of De Valls Bluff; two grandchildren, Derek Hurst and Erica Sharp and great-grandchildren, Madalyn Sharp and Logan and Landon Hurst her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 21 at Lakeside Baptist Church in Des Arc.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Alice Orlicek Mitchell

Posted in Obituaries on November 11th, 2016 by admin

Alice Mitchell picture 001Alice Orlicek Mitchell, 104, of Cabot, Arkansas died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Born March 27, 1912 in Hazen, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Justin and Helen Svestka Orlicek, who immigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1905 and resided in Hazen, then Little Rock.  She is also predeceased by her first husband, Roy E. Farrar, her second husband, Hollis “Mitch” Mitchell, and her granddaughter, Julie Marie Ahring.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy Ahring of Roland, Arkansas, Virginia Farrar of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Carolyn Downs and her husband, William (Bill), of Plano, Texas, Gerri Young of Longview, Texas, and Rita Turner and her husband, J.D., of Hot Springs Village.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren, Deborah Ahring, Stephen (Steve) Ahring, Cynthia (Cindy) Downs Allen, Michael (Mike) Downs, Mark Young, Matthew Young, Christian Ann (Chrissy) Young, Melissa Branson, Michelle Brockway, James Brockway, and step-grandson, Brett J. Turner.  In addition, she is survived by eighteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Alice lived in the Little Rock area, where all of her children were born, for many years before moving to South Texas.  She was a homemaker for most of her married life, later keeping books for the Singer Sewing Center in McAllen, Texas and in the registrar’s office at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas.  She worked with the military veterans at Pan American and loved helping them register for classes.  She retired from there in 1977.  She was a wonderful cook, enjoyed playing cards, working crossword puzzles, gardening, reading and visiting with friends and neighbors.  She was always amazingly agile and energetic, even well into her later years.  She moved back to Hazen in 1984 and power- walked 1.5 to 2 miles every day that the weather was nice.  Her neighbors always kept an eye out for “Miss Alice” and marveled at her energy level.  She lived alone and drove until she was 98, visited often by her children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She spent the last four years of her life at Southridge Village in Cabot, where she was surrounded by devoted caregivers.  The family will always appreciate all they did to make her last years more comfortable.  We also want to thank Joyce Nelson, a special caregiver and friend in Longview, Texas, where Mother lived with her daughter, Gerri, for more than a year before moving to Southridge.  Joyce was a great help to Gerri in taking care of Mother during that time.

Alice was an outgoing, independent woman who loved her family and friends and she will be greatly missed.  She was a devout Christian who loved going to church and worshipping God.  She was a member at the Pharr United Methodist Church in Pharr, Texas for almost fifty years and at the First United Methodist Church of Hazen for fourteen years.  No doubt, it was a joyful reunion when Alice went to be with the Lord.

There will be a graveside burial service at the Czech National Cemetery  in Hazen on Friday, November 18,2016  at 11:00 a.m. and a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Friends and family are invited to attend either or both services.






Michael W. Mitchell

Posted in Obituaries on November 10th, 2016 by admin

Michael W. Mitchell, 78, of Carlisle, died Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his home.   Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Long Island, New York.  He was a collision repair specialist and a farmer.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alice Mitchell and a sister, Lynda Joslyn.  He is survived by his wife, Kathleen McMenemy Mitchell; two daughters, Tara Bennett (David) of Carlisle and Holly Mitchell of New York; four sisters, Michelle Mitchell , Mary Mitchell and Rosie Quinn all of New Jersey and Cynthia Sherman of Pennsylvania; two granddaughters, Makenzie and Tristan Bennett.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Saturday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  A Graveside service will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 12, at Carlisle Cemetery in CarlisleArkansas.

Ava N. Graves

Posted in Obituaries on November 7th, 2016 by admin

Ava N. Graves, 71 of De Valls Bluff died November 3, 2016.  She was a C.N.A. and bred and sold dogs. Ava attended the Jehovah’s Witness church in Stuttgart.  Ava was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Strayhorn and two sisters, Linda Graves and Virginia Null.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Brown; two granddaughters, Rachel Tinsley and Amber Douglas and one great-granddaughter, Addison Douglas.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M.Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the pavilion in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.Monday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Thomas Azal Martin, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on November 6th, 2016 by admin

Thomas Azal Martin, Jr., 82, of Hazen, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016.

He was a carpenter and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.  Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Margie.  He is survived by one daughter, Denice (Chuck) Greenwalt of Carlisle; two sons, Buddy Martin (Pam) of Eureka, Missouri and Lance Martin (Christy) of Hazen; one brother, Don Martin of Cordova, Tennessee; sister, Joyce  Hall of Washington state ; 7 grandchildren, Scott Greenwalt (Stacey), Jared Greenwalt (Wendy), Brook Schaedler (Matt), Lauren Martin, Caleb, Macy and Cooper Martin; 7 great-grandchildren, Sadie Rogers, Whitney Swaim, Henley Greenwalt, Lydia Greenwalt, Mia Greenwalt, Kate Greenwalt, and Benjamin Schaedler and 3 great-great grandchildren, William and Ward Rogers and Dean Swaim.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Center Point Baptist Church. Visitation will be Monday, November 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.