George Wesley Gentry

Posted in Obituaries on January 14th, 2018 by admin

George Wesley Gentry,  74 born July 15, 1941 in Lonoke , Arkansas to Mitchell and Evelyn Gentry. He passed away January 13, 2018.  He was a construction worker, loved to fish and had a lot of fun rescuing cats.  He is survived by his wife, Thrisa; two daughters, Sherri Rollins (Richard) of Carlisle and Sonya Petrus (Jarrod) of Hazen; one son, Joey Grantham of Hattisburg, Mississippi, one step-daughter, Sheri Adams of Jacksonville; Granddaughters, Shaina Swindle of Fort Worth, Texas, Rachael Theidig of Austin, Texas, Amber Pool and Haley Dewitt both of Lonoke ; one grandson, Damon Holmes of Ward; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerome, Ronnie, and Randy Gentry and sisters, Bonnie Gentry and Sharon Rainwater.  George  was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Browning.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday January 17, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at DeValls Bluff.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

​Jewel Pinkerton Humble

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11th, 2018 by admin

​Jewel Pinkerton Humble, age 93, of De Valls Bluff went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2018 in North Little Rock.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Robert “Bob” Humble; her parents; Fletcher and Ella Parr Pinkerton; two sisters, Louise Bardin and Ozzie Pinkerton; three brothers, J.P., Floyd, and Clyde Pinkerton and one foster brother, Byzzie Parr.  She is survived by two daughters, Diane (James) Burnette of Des Arc and Pam (Collins) Greer of North Little Rock; one sister, Lodessa Davis also of North Little Rock; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to thank the following: special friend and neighbor, Shirley Woodard, Integrity, Inc. for the services they provided that allowed our mother to remain independent, especially Ms. Pat Creighton, Des Arc Nursing and Rehab Center, particularly Administrator Molly Walker and Assistant Director of Nursing and granddaughter, Melissa Cook and Arkansas Hospice-Searcy for the care they provided our mother during her final days and for their love, kindness, and support to us during this difficult time.

Services will be at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice.

​Drake William Jones

Posted in Obituaries on January 8th, 2018 by admin

Drake William Jones, age 17, of Hazen, Arkansas, was called home on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Drake was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  Drake had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Drake was a Junior at Hazen High School.  He was an honor student who participated in football, baseball, track, quiz bowl, art club, FBLA and many more.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He just loved being outdoors in general and he loved his animals.

Drake never met a stranger.  He had the most infectious smile and laugh and the most beautiful eyes.  He could light up a room.  Drake was always so conscientious and considerate of others.  He was always curious and inquisitive.  He had so much enthusiasm and strived for perfection in everything he did.  He was full of life and he lived his life to the fullest.  He was our little buddy and we were his biggest fans.

Drake was preceded in death by his great grandparents, William “Bill” Whitley, Joe and Natha Lee Morrison, and Elsie Marie Garner.  He leaves behind his parents, Jason and Cindy Jones; his grandparents, Stan and Sharon Jones and Lynn and Martha Fagan; his great grandmother, Maxine Whitley; his aunt, Jennifer Jones; uncle, Bradley Fagan and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates and friends.

John 3: 16”- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Drake loved the Lord, his family and friends and wasn’t afraid to show it.  Please join us as we celebrate Drakes life.  Visitation will be held at the Hazen High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Catch A Dream. Org.

​Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold

Posted in Obituaries on January 3rd, 2018 by admin

Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas went to be with the Lord, December 28, 2017, while walking on the De Valls Bluff Rail Trail that he helped to establish.  He was born in Oregon City, Oregon, September 19, 1939.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Lee (Owens) Arnold.

Bill never met a stranger.  His life’s calling was helping people.  Having inspired thousands of youth in Arkansas, Coach Arnold was a positive influence throughout the area.  He molded his students and players into leaders with strong courage and character.  Bill encouraged all to become their very best and not let challenges overcome their hopes and dreams.

Bill was a teacher and counselor for over 40 years in De Valls Bluff (since 1976).  Marianna, Tallulah, Louisiana, Aurora, Illinois, Carlin, Nevada and Bly, Oregon.  Bill was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  He is the namesake and recipient of the Bill Arnold Hall of Fame Award from Allen Childress.

Bill grew up in Portland, Oregon.  Playing baseball and basketball, he spent a lot of time at Wallace Park and was in and out of several foster homes.

While stationed at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii, he met Pastor Ernest Mosley who changed the course of his life by leading Bill to the Lord and told him about Ouachita Baptist University and Coach Bill Vining.  Bill arrived in Arkadelphia on the Rock Island train with two military duffel bags and a G.I. bill.  He was a walk-on basketball player, known for his “hook shot”.  He met the love of his life, Sharon, on a blind date at  the university cafeteria.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in History from OBU in 1967.

Bill coached Buddy league and Little League Baseball, PeeWee Football, AAU Basketball and high school football at Tallulah.  He was under the tutelage of legendary Illinois High School, Coach Ernie Kivisto, who won more than a 1,000 basketball games.  He was also a speaker and coach at the “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.

Bill served as a medic in the U.S. Navy (attached to the Marine Corps) and Army National Guard.  His overseas duty was on the U.S.S. Orleck Destroyer during the Vietnam War era.

Never slowing down, Bill obtained a Masters of Educational Counseling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003.

Bill served with many organizations: De Valls Bluff City Council, Commander of Lumpkin Hill AmericanLegion Post, President of De Valls Bluff  Chapter of Kiwanis International, President of Carlin, Nevada Chapter of U.S. Jaycees Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Levee Board District (De Valls Bluff), Lonoke and Prairie County Library Board Member, Moving Prairie County Forward, Ruritan National, Lion’s Club, High School Beta Club Sponsor and Family Motor Coach Association.

He traveled to every state and internationally to China, Norway, Philippines, Israel, and Japan.

Bill is a Ouachita Gold Tiger, his namesake is memorialized at the Ouachita Baptist University Communications Department with the Bill and Sharon Arnold Multimedia Room.  Both sons, former OBU Board of Trustee Member Curtis Arnold and Major (Retired) Johnpaul, “JP” Arnold attended Ouachita Baptist University.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Louise Olson; his father, Curtis Frank Arnold; his foster parents, Dorothy and Russ Jorgensen, and sister, Mary Ann Ettlin.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Arnold;  sons, Curtis and Johnpaul Arnold and their wives Nancy and Amy; Sister, Carol Ann Cavitt; sister, Lynn A Bush; nieces, Elissa and Andrea Bush.  He is survived by eight grandchildren Isaiah, Georgia, Claire, Olivia, and Avery Arnold, Erin Tompkins, Hunter Tompkins  and Dallas Tompkins.

Viewing will be at First Baptist church of De Valls Bluff from 2:00 to 5:30 P.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the De Valls Bluff Gym.  The interment and military honors will be at the Oakland Cemetery, De Valls Bluff, following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 2018 “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.  Mail tax-deductible donations to The Arnold Family Foundation 423 Biscoe Street, Biscoe, Arkansas 72017.

“A father to the fatherless, God is Holy.”  Psalm 68:5