Carroll Anderson Swift

Posted in Obituaries on April 23rd, 2018 by admin
Carroll Anderson Swift, 64, of Ulm died April 21, 2018. He is survived by two sisters, Irene Doles of Ulm and Diane Riffy of Mena; one brother, William Orville Swift of Clarendon and one daughter, Carmen Swift of Texas.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Virginia “Diane” Putt Brewer

Posted in Obituaries on April 23rd, 2018 by admin


Virginia “Diane” Putt Brewer, 64 of Clarendon passed away peacefully on April 20, 2018. She was born November 25, 1953 to the late Cecil and Ola Phillips Putt of Hazen. She was a devoted mother and Nana. Diane is survived by her sons, Steven West, Scotty Brewer (Kelly) and Stephanie Brewer (Ronald Maier) all of Clarendon; grandsons, Hunter West, Zachary Maier and granddaughter’s Courtney West, Molly Goss (Jonathon Riley), Madison Brewer, Chloe Brewer, and Charlie Brewer; great-grandson, Camden Brewer; brothers, Ronald Putt of Lonoke and Dale Putt of Hazen ;sisters, Rita Vaughn of Lonoke, and Bertha Ann Putt of Carlisle; sister-in-law, Francine Putt of Carlisle and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Diane was preceded in death by her father and mother, Cecil and Ola Phillips Putt; brothers, David Putt and Bo Putt and sister, Lyvonne Tucker.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, April 23, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. There will be a private burial at a later date.

Becky Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on April 18th, 2018 by admin

Becky Taylor of Conway age 49, died Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Ar. She was a physical therapy assistant.
Survived by: mother: Beverly (Gene) Kelly, Father; Pete (Margaret) Miller, grandmother; Joy Faye Holmes, 2 daughters; Carmen (Cody) Ellison, Katie Taylor, 2 grandchildren John-Preston Taylor, Melanie Taylor, 2 sisters; Jamie (Paul) Blumhorst, Leslie (Wesley) Cates, 3 nephews; Tanner Blumhorst, Braxton Kinley and Micah Cates, 3 nieces; Devan Tillman, Heather Kinley and Payton Blumhorst.
Visitation will be Thursday April 19, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm at the Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen, funeral Friday April 20, 2018 at 1 pm at the Centerpoint Missionary Baptist Church north of Hazen with burial at the Biscoe Cemetery in Biscoe. Services provided by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen. Online obituary at

Vitula Taylor McLeroy

Posted in Obituaries on April 9th, 2018 by admin

Vitula Taylor McLeroy, age 71, died Saturday, April 7, 2018 after a brief illness. She was born on March 22, 1947, to Ella Rogers Taylor and Ed Taylor, both deceased.
Vitula, known as Vi to her friends, spent her elementary and secondary education in the Hazen Public Schools. She graduated from State College of Arkansas in 1969 with a B.S. degree in mathematics; and received her Masters Degree from the University of Arkansas in 1987. She taught middle school math in Stuttgart and Springdale, Arkansas; Starkville, Mississippi and in Arlington, Texas.
She was a life-long Arkansas Razorback fan, as well as an avid Texas Rangers baseball and Dallas Stars hockey fan. She and her husband, Paul McLeroy, enjoyed traveling, especially to the Caribbean as well as trips overseas to Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Vi is preceded in death by both of her parents, her half-brother Richard Gene Taylor, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her brother, Roger Lynn Taylor and wife Becky of Melissa, Texas; nephews Brett Taylor of Allen, Texas and Russ Taylor of Rogers, Arkansas; Dean Taylor of Jonesboro; and brother-in-law Leonard James McLeroy (Penny) of Conway. .
Although Vi had not lived in Hazen in many years, she enjoyed visiting with former classmates and relatives at least twice a year.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 6 – 8 pm. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Hazen United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. with burial immediately following at Hazen Cemetery.

Karen Annette Williams Smith

Posted in Obituaries on April 9th, 2018 by admin

Karen Annette Williams Smith, 63 of Biscoe, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior on April 8, 2018. She was the daughter of W.L. (Bud) and Faye Williams. Karen was a farmer’s wife, a homemaker, and a member of the Biscoe First Assembly of God Church. She graduated from De Valls Bluff High School where she and her husband served as homecoming king and queen.
Karen gave her life to serving others. Her love of Jesus Christ and her study of his word was an example to many. Karen taught Sunday School, served as secretary and treasurer at her church, volunteered in the church nursery, as well as help celebrate the weddings and baby showers of many friends, family and church members.
Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 44 years, Kent; her children, Brandon and wife, Amy, and Heather and husband, Charlie Brown. Known best as “Nana” to her four grandchildren, Jenna, Hayden, Preslee and Bowen Brown. She deeply loved and adored them all and dedicated her life to them. Karen was a “second mom and nana” to many and leaves a large loving family.
Karen was preceded in death by both of her parents, her brother, Larry and grandparents, Bob and Emma Coulson and Neely and Irene Williams.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Biscoe Assembly of God Church on Wednesday, April 11. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 12 at the Gospel Mission Church in Des Arc. Interment will be in the Biscoe cemetery.
Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Martha Ann Todd

Posted in Obituaries on April 5th, 2018 by admin

Martha Ann Todd, of Mabelvale, Arkansas, died on Monday, April 2, 2018 at Saline County Hospital. She was 80. Martha was born on July 14, 1937 in Glenmora, Louisiana. She attended De Valls Bluff High School and Draughon’s School of Business in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957, she married Alvin L. Todd, Jr. and together they had two children, Suzanne and Scott. Martha dedicated herself to making people happy and her family. A unique soul, Martha was very generous and enjoyed her family, friends, and class reunions. She will be greatly missed. Martha is survived by her sister, Glenda Tefteller of Brinkley; son, Scott Todd, daughter-in-law, Karla Todd; grandson, Logan Todd of Bryant, Arkansas and granddaughter, Amber Maison of Mablevale. Martha was predeceased by her husband, Alvin Todd, daughter, Suzanne (Todd) Yelich and sister, Susan Alford of McRae, Arkansas.
Visitation for Martha will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Monday, April 9, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 10, at Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen 183 North Livermore Street,
Hazen, Arkansas.

James F. Baxter

Posted in Obituaries on April 5th, 2018 by admin

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James F. Baxter, 87 of Biscoe, passed peacefully from this life on April 4, 2018 at Chambers Nursing and Rehabilitation center in Carlisle.  He was born April 27, 1930 in the Brown Grove Area to Sherman and Sena Ingle Baxter and spent his life farming in the Biscoe Community. He was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Biscoe and loved spending his days fishing, gardening, listening to gospel music and driving every chance he got.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Viola (Chesser) and brother, Johnny Baxter.

James is survived by sons, Jimmy and Timmy (Vicky), of Biscoe; daughter, Tammy (Tom) of Falling Waters, West Virginia; grandsons, James Baxter (Megan), Daniel Baxter (Tiffany), Kevin Baxter, Justin Roush (Sarah) all of Biscoe; grandson, Michael Baxter and granddaughter, Amanda Kirby (Michael) of Des Arc; brother, Doyle Baxter (Dorothy) of Des Arc and sister, Ella Montgomery of Dumas; 15 great grandchildren and countless cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, April 6 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Biscoe.