​Michael Edward “Mike” Grady

Posted in Obituaries on April 26th, 2017 by admin

Michael Edward “Mike” Grady, 78, died peacefully on April 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Mike was born at home in Prairie County, Arkansas in 1938 to Lela Mae and Socrates “Crate” Grady.  He was the eldest of three children, brother to beloved siblings Marilyn Sims and Larry Grady of Hazen, and brother-in-law to Buddy Sims and Sue Grady of Hazen.  Mike was married to Darlene Davidson Grady of Malvern for 22 years and was the treasured father of Greg Grady of Hazen and Mischelle Grady Thiels of New Orleans, and adored father-in-law to Paul Thiels of New Orleans and Diana Futhey-Smith of Fayetteville. Mike was a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren Mychal and Nathan Grady and John Grady, Lillian and Beatrice Thiels.  He loved nothing more than spending time with them in the woods or on the water, showing them all he had learned about hunting and fishing.  After divorcing in the 1980’s, Mike met his longtime companion and friend, Peggy Smith of Conway.  He found more family in Peggy and her children, Mike and Steve Smith and Kelly Smith Bing and their children, Dylan, Meagan, Grace, Carter and Cassle.

Mike was a graduate of Hazen High School and continued to study throughout his adult life, attending Arkansas A&M for two years and taking college and professional development courses after that.  Mike proudly served in the Arkansas National Guard.  In 1965 Mike was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by his father, then Sheriff Crate Grady, and served in this position for eight years.  After his father’s death, and the brief interim service of his mother as Sheriff, Mike was elected Sheriff in 1973.  As the Sheriff of a rural county, Mike saw many sad situations, often involving children. This led him, along with other fellow sheriffs, to appeal to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association to start the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys’ Ranch in 1976.  Mike was passionate about the now-named Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch until he died.  He was honored by the organization in November of 2013 for a lifetime of service.

In 1987 Mike was appointed Criminal Detention Facilities Coordinator by then governor Bill Clinton.   In 1988 he co-authored the jail standards for the state of Arkansas that are still in effect today.  Eventually Mike’s gregarious personality and deep connections in the state led him to a sales position with City TeleCoin, selling phone and commissary systems to jails. He held this position for twelve years, finally retiring at age 75.  He was so respected at the company that instead of letting him go when walking and driving became difficult, the company appointed him a driver so he could continue to make his rounds.

Mike was a man’s man, an avid sportsman and loved hunting, fishing, horse racing, baseball, dancing, spending time with his children and grandchildren and sitting around a fire. He will be remembered for his generous nature, his fish frys, his devotion to his family, his love of the outdoors, and his wealth of jokes and stories.  He was always ready to have a good time, loved to laugh and was still cracking jokes until the very end.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 6 at the Hazen First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Hazen Avenue, Hazen, Arkansas.  Visitation begins at 10 am.  Service at 11.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch.

​James Earl Baser

Posted in Obituaries on April 13th, 2017 by admin


James Earl Baser, 93 of Mt. Home died April 11, 2017.  He was born July 26, 1923 in Prairie County, Arkansas, the son of John and Alma Hair Baser.  James had a gravel and sand business, farmed, and was a World War II Navy veteran.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Pich and Dorothy Mantle and three brothers, Clyde, Lloyd Wayne, and Robert “Rabbit” Baser.  James is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty Shumard Baser; four children, Robert (Mary) Baser of Norfork, Arkansas, Jerry (Fay) Baser of Stuttgart, Ricky Baser and Linda House both of Mt. Home, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Pete Baser of Missouri, Johnny Baser of Stuttgart, and Jimmy Baser of Little Rock and one sister, Gladys Irwin of Missouri.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen followed by the service at 11:00 in the chapel.  Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart.

Jimmy Gerald Musick

Posted in Obituaries on April 6th, 2017 by admin

Jimmy Gerald Musick, 81, of Sulphur Rock, Arkansas passed away April 4, 2017 in Hazen, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Inez Musick; four brothers, his twin, Jerry Musick, Bill Musick, G.W. Musick and Mickey Musick and one sister, Barbara Ratliff.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Patsy Musick of Sulphur Rock, Akransas; two children, Jerry D. Musick of Cherokee VillageArkansas and Glenda K. Musick of Mt. HomeArkansas; two step-children, Todd Bates and Tina Patterson both of Sulphur Rock and one brother, Earl Musick.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 7, 2017  from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Cave City Church of Christ in Cave City,Arkansas. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 atChildress Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Homer “Butch” Earl Ingle, Jr.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5th, 2017 by admin


Homer “Butch” Earl Ingle, Jr., of Hazen, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 3, 2017.  He was born May 24, 1948, to Homer Earl Sr., and Peggy Ingle.  Homer was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Rick.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Belinda Ingle; his mother, Peggy Ingle; his mother-in-love, Billie Stephens; three daughters, Kristie (Bobby) D’Angelo, Tiffany (Gary) Eldridge, and Stacey (Adam) Bowman, all of Hazen; ten grandchildren, John (Emily) D’Angelo, Morgan D’Angelo (fiancée, Jacob), Faith Plummer, Cole Plummer, Chance Eldridge, Cami Eldridge, Cole Eldridge, Michael Bowman, and Liam Bowman; two great-grandchildren, Marcy Morris and Kendall Neil; one brother, Jeff (Theresa) Ingle; eight sisters, Carol (Steve) Hoevelman, Cathey Ingle, and Joyce Ingle, five sisters-in-love, Judy Moy, Debbie Stephens, Cindy (Jimmy) Hamilton, Susan Ramos, Kathy Stephens, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, love, and generosity shown over the past several months.  No better care nor a more loving community exists than the one in which we reside.  Throughout his journey, Butch, Belinda, and family clung to Proverbs 3:5-6, 8, which states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths, It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Holding this verse and God’s promises in our hearts, we take great comfort in knowing that Butch is now healed and in the arms of Jesus and that we will see him again someday.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 6, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to cancer research.