Cathy Van Houten Nugent

Posted in Obituaries on January 21st, 2017 by admin

Cathy Van Houten Nugent, age 61 died at her home on January 18, 2017 following a lengthy illness.

She was born June 13th 1955 to Lonnie & Juanita Van Houten.  She was a 1973 graduate of Hazen High School and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Dennis Van Houten.  She is survived by her precious grandson Spencer Weems who was the light of her life, her beloved daughter Mandy Weems and her steadfast husband Tommy Nugent all of Stuttgart.  Two sisters Martha (Mike) Sells of Stuttgart and Dianne.  And many friends and relatives.

Memorial service officiated by Brother David Inzer are Monday January 23rd 2 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church Stuttgart with visitation 1 hour before.

Elna Louise Rogers Hamric

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20th, 2017 by admin


Elna Louise Rogers Hamric, 98, of Carlisle, passed away January 19, 2017.  She was born September 15, 1918, the daughter of Walter and Ruth Rogers.   Louise married Wesley Paul Hamric on May 29, 1937.  She was a member of the First United MethodistChurch in Carlisle.

Louise is survived by four children, Wesley (Dub) Hamric and wife, Barbara and Bobby Hamric and wife, Delorse both of Hazen, Charlotte Elmore Glover and husband, Bobby of Carlisle and Marilyn Grudnowski and husband, Dave of Cave Springs, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Charles Rogers of California; three sisters, Mildred Vaughn of Louisiana, Rebecca Patterson of Biscoe, and Verna Dean Dollar of Texas.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Chambers Nursing Home and the wonderful staff and Baptist Hospice for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Monday, January 23, 2017 at theFirst United Methodist Church inCarlisle.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the First United MethodistChurch, Chamber Nursing Home, or charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Suzanne Michelle (Todd) Yelich

Posted in Obituaries on January 18th, 2017 by admin

Suzanne Michelle (Todd) Yelich, 51, of Mabelvale, passed away January 13, 2017. Suzanne was born in Little Rock to Alvin L. and Martha Todd, Jr. on October 26, 1965.  She went to high school at McClellan High School and graduated in 1984.  She worked for Dollar General in Little Rock and enjoyed her pets, flea markets, and spending time with her friends and family.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her father, Alvin L. Todd, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Martha A. (Sontag) Todd of Mabelvale; daughter, Amber M. Maison of Benton; brother, Scott Todd and wife, Karla and nephew, Logan of Bryant and her aunt Glenda Tefteller of Brinkley.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter in her name.

Tommy McCallie

Posted in Obituaries on January 13th, 2017 by admin

tommy mccallieTommy McCallie, of Carlisle Arkansas, went to be with His Lord on the afternoon of January 11, 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.  He died graciously and peacefully, confident in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  His is now at home in the heavenly dwelling that God has prepared for him.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas (Bill) and Lucille Kelly McCallie, and his youngest brother Tim.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Miriam Buffalo McCallie, three children, Sherri Byrum (Jerry) of Little Rock, Pam White (Walt) of Beebe and, Willy McCallie (Erica) of Carlisle.  Survivors include two brothers, Bob McCallie (Myra Sue), Billy McCallie (Caroline), and sister-in-law Patricia McCallie.

Tommy left a legacy of nine grandchildren, Julie Byrum Stone (Joel), Kathryn Byrum Benson (Chad), Daniel Byrum (Courtney), Luke Byrum, Zac White, Jacob White (Jamie), Sarah White (TJ French), Maria McCallie and Thomas McCallie IV.  He was blessed with four great grandchildren, Eden Benson, Isaiah Benson, Charlee Kate Stone, and Kylie Stone.

Tommy and Miriam, both devoted followers of Jesus Christ, served two years as Baptist missionaries and pastor of Ten Sleep Baptist Church in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.  He also served as a pastor of Trinity Chapel Baptist Church, north of Carlisle.

Tommy made his living as a farmer and rancher in his younger years and then as a master builder with numerous projects in and around Carlisle and central Arkansas. Trinity Chapel Baptist Church was one of many projects he and his son Willy built.

Tommy’s greatest legacy is found in Jesus’ words recorded in Mark 10:43, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”  Tommy answered our Master’s call to serve others in many ways, whether it was by serving on the Carlisle school board, supporting local churches, building a house for free for someone in need, winning a your teenaged employee to the Lord and discipling him, financially supporting missionaries, supporting the needy around Carlisle or helping to staff a free health clinic in Cabot for those less fortunate.  Tommy’s phone regularly rang with the following questions.  “How do you fix this?”  “Can you build this?”  “Can you show me how to do this?”  “Can I borrow on you your tools?”  “Can you help?”  Tommy regularly said yes.  He was a great servant and will be sorely missed.

Family visitation is scheduled for 9:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Trinity Chapel Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 11:00 am.  The church is located approximately 3 miles north of Carlisle on Highway 13.  Burial will be at the Walters Chapel cemetery following the service.

William Joseph (Billy Joe) Toll

Posted in Obituaries on January 2nd, 2017 by admin

William Joseph (Billy Joe) Toll, 55, of De Valls Bluff, died January 1, 2017.  He was born November 8, 1961 in BrinkleyArkansas, the son of Dewey and Pauline Snarr Toll.  Billy Joe is survived by two daughters, Julie Turner and husband, Brandon of Navarre, Florida and Samantha Toll of Cabot, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Sawyer Turner; one brother, Dennis Toll and wife, Laure and two sisters, Bonnie Davis and Jonnie Gabbard.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Westbrook Chapel in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.