Dorothy Mae Hesse Clayton

Posted in Obituaries on September 30th, 2020 by admin

Dorothy Mae Hesse Clayton, of Tollville,  ascended to her eternal heaven on September 28, 2020.  She was born November 21, 1928 in Ulm, Arkansas to Adolph Charles Hesse and Matilda Duensing Hesse.  She was baptized and christened on December 25, 1928 at the Lutheran Church in Ulm.  Dorothy was a graduate from Ulm High School and Phillips Community College.  She married her husband, Stanley Clayton June 1, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ulm.  To their union, they added the joy of children, Wayne William, Tamara Kay, and Limon Titus.  They lived in Tollville for 48 years where Stanley farmed with family members.  Upon his death, Dorothy remained in the family home.  Dorothy leaves a history legacy of being a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. She served on the vestry, Altar Guild, ECW, and the Prairie Harvest Cookbook Committee.  Dorothy was also a member of the Prairie County American Cancer Society where she served as treasurer and Crusade Volunteer in her community.

Dorothy retired from the Dept. of Finance and Administration of Arkansas after 25 years of service.  Dorothy also had the joy of being a retired teacher of Arkansas.  She loved flowers and working in her yard.  Dorothy enjoyed the beauty of arranging bouquets and sharing them with her church and community.  She was always available to be a helping hand to all.  She worked in her later years at Springbrook Health and Rehabilitation of Hazen, as Activity Director and Certified Nursing Assistant.  Dorothy truly enjoyed the residents and employees.  In her heart they were family members who she truly loved. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Stanley; her precious son, Limon Titus Clayton at the young age of a senior at Hazen High School; her siblings, a sister, Helen Stinson and a brother, Melvin Hesse; nieces, Pam Troy, Christine Haney and a special nephew, Carl Stinson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 1432 Hwy. 86 East, DeValls Bluff, Arkansas 72041 or the American Cancer Society.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Sickel, Jimbo Guenther, Charles Hesse, Fred Ledear, Jimmy Shelman and Rick Wiggins.  Honorary Pallbearers are Kelly and James Troy.

Gary Wayne Weems

Posted in Obituaries on September 28th, 2020 by admin

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Gary Wayne Weems, 73, of Hazen, passed away on September 27, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born May 23, 1947 at Baptist Memorial in Little Rock, AR to Jacob Eli and Clara Maxine Guess Weems.

Gary attended Fort Worth Technical High School in Fort Worth, TX where he lived until his senior year. He graduated from Forrest Pak High School in Forrest Park, GA in 1965. He was Platoon 3108 Paris Island United States Marine Corp. and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gary was also an ordained deacon at Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church in Des Arc, AR where him and his wife are currently members.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Holt Weems; sister Johnnie Weems Davis and husband Bob Davis of San Antonio TX; son Ryan Weems and wife, Shannon of Hazen; daughter Autumn Weems Wood of Cabot; grandchildren: Jacob, Eli, Emily and Luke and nieces and nephews. Gary was proceeded in death by his parents, grandparents: John and Nettie Guess and Jacob Leroy and Barbra Weems.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, AR. Funeral services will be held at the Pavilion located outside of Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen, AR at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Burial will be immediately following the services at Center Point Cemetery.

Fred Watson, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on September 21st, 2020 by admin


Fred Watson, Jr., 65 of Hazen, gained his wings Sunday night September 20, 2020 after a short battle with lung cancer.  Fred died at home peacefully surrounded by a host of loved ones.  Fred was born April 7, 1955 in Hazen to Norene and Fred Watson, Sr. He was the last of nine children.  Fred lived life to the fullest.  His favorite hobbies were fishing and golf, but nothing brought a smile to his face more than his wife, Sharon, who he was deeply in love with for over 47 years.  Fred never met a stranger, and always had a smile or kind word for whoever crossed his path.  

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his baby sister, Brenda Watson and two brothers, Gene and James Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Hazen; his son, Eric of Stuttgart; his daughter, Katy Barnes of Malvern; four grandchildren, Tyler and Patrick Petrus of Malvern, Arkansas, Danielle Watson of Malvern and Ceceila Ben of Texas and a great-grandson, Peyton Watson, whom he loved very much; four sisters, Kathy McClelland of Tennessee, Doris Randles of Brasfield, Jenny Ward of Ohio, and Eleanor Ford of Indiana; one brother, Derry Watson of Indiana and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 24 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.  

Flowers may be sent to Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Glynn Charles Holmes

Posted in Obituaries on September 13th, 2020 by admin


Glynn Charles Holmes, 66, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.  Known to many as “Monkey”, Glynn was born on September 16, 1953 to Charles and Velma Holmes.  Being a pastor’s son, he lived in several towns across Arkansas growing up.  In 2001 Glynn married Peggy Smith Bailey because he “just loved her”.

Glynn was a long time member of Law Enforcement, servicing for over two decades in departments at Carlisle, DeValls Bluff, U.A.M.S. with the majority spent with his beloved Prairie Count Sheriff’s Department.  He loved law enforcement, working with long time friend, Rick Hickman and the opportunity to help someone out.  He especially enjoyed his time spent serving in the court system building.  He had a special bond with judges, lawyers, court reporters, and his one and only Gaylon Hale.  Glenn also served as usher and security for Carlisle First Baptist Church for many years.

Glynn was preceded in death by his grandmother, Etta; mother, Velma (Greenwalt) Holmes; step-mother, Lennie Holmes and nephew, Gary Holmes.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; father, Charles Holmes of Biscoe; two step-children, Michele (Keith) Calhoun of Des Arc and Chris (Suzanne) Bailey of Beebe; grandchildren, Tanner (Haley Jo) Calhoun, Bailey (Grant) Staton, Benjamin Bailey, Lauren (Scott) Gunter and Emmalie and LJ O’Neil; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Ellie Gunter; sisters, Charlene Holmes, Krisie Holmes and Nancy (Dannie Ray) Holmes; brothers, Edward (Bernice) Holmes, Lynn Holmes, Leon (Susan) Holmes and Jackie Holmes and several nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Visitation will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020.  Services will be held at Carlisle First Baptist Church at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 with interment to follow in the Carlisle Cemetery.

John Edward “Big John” Holyfield, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on September 11th, 2020 by admin

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John Edward “Big John” Holyfield, Sr., 80, of Hazen, peacefully passed away September 2, 2020 at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born August 1, 1940 in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas to the late Porter Holyfield and Helen Ford. John had retired after 32 dedicated years of service with the Prairie Farmers Association. John was the beloved husband and best friend of his one and only love of 61 years, Martha Holyfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carolyn Schell, his cherished daughter, Debra “Debbie” Scroggins, and a granddaughter, Angel Scroggins.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha; a son, John “Jay E” Holyfield and wife, Stephanie; grandchildren, Jennifer Berry, Michael Scroggins, Hilary Shuffield, John John Holyfield, and Thadius Holyfield; a sister, Jo Ellen Guenther, and a host of friends and relatives.

Cremation services were handled by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen. There will be a celebration of life service at a later date.

David Lee Holmes

Posted in Obituaries on September 9th, 2020 by admin

David Lee Holmes of De Valls Bluff, passed away September 7, 2020. He was born in Dermott, Arkansas on March 24, 1960. David was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Earl Holmes, Jr. . He is survived by his mother, Thelma Gray of De Valls Bluff; father, Kenneth (Jan) Holmes of Wheatland, Missouri; daughter; Summer (Scott) Wynn of Rison; sisters, Patti (Danny) Howe of De Valls Bluff and Tammy (Kenneth) Fleetwood of Rison; son, Hunter (Lauren) Holmes and four grandchildren all of Rison, along with several nieces and nephews.

David was medically retired from Mizell Heat & Air in Dumas, Arkansas where he had worked for many years.

A memorial service date is pending.

Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner

Posted in Obituaries on September 9th, 2020 by admin

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Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner, 72, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord at his home on Wednesday, September 09, 2020.  Ricky was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carlisle, a life-long member of the NRA, and was Water Superintendent for the city of Carlisle for over 40 years before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Wells Sumner; son, Kenneth Lee Sumner and wife, Angela of Lonoke; daughter, Martha Ann Sumner of Carlisle; brother, James Ralph (Jimmy) Sumner of Carlisle; sister, SunDeen Freeby of Lonoke; four grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Matthew Sumner of Lonoke, Dalton Evans of Dallas, Texas, and Ashyton Evans of Carlisle and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the pavilion in the Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Arkansas Waterfowl Association, P.O. Box 661, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

John David Williams Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 28th, 2020 by admin

John David Williams Jr., 73, of DeValls Bluff departed this life on August 27, 2020.

David was born on May 20, 1947 in Pine Bluff, AR. He was a 1964 graduate of Humphrey High School, where he was a self-proclaimed basketball star. He went on to join the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged when his baby sister was battling leukemia. David was employed by the Cotton Belt Railroad until his retirement. He was an avid sportsman who loved deer, coon, and turkey hunting and fishing. David married the love of his life, Marty Williams, on November 29, 1969 and to this union was born two children.

True happiness came when David became a Poppa. His grandkids were his life and he nicknamed them all. He never missed a sporting or school event, and when his family needed anything, Poppa was only a phone call away. He could fix or build anything. Poppa is often described as one-of-a-kind. Many people have commented that they loved to listen to him at ballgames. If you sat close enough to him, you quickly realized that he had a “special understanding” and good rapport with the umpires. If he aggravated you, that meant that he loved you. Later in life Poppa enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em with a group of people he considered friends.

David is survived by his mother, Anna Belle Flanery; his wife of 33 years and best friend, Marty Williams; daughter, Lisa (Phillip) Martin; son, Davy (Angie) Williams; grandchildren, Jade (Levi) Fleming, Kelby Martin, Bryce (Elaina) Sims, Brenon (Abby) Williams, Brayden Williams, and Brance Williams; great-grandchildren, Eden Sims, Garner Sims, and Madden Fleming; Sister, Debbie (Curtis) Ahrens; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Williams Sr.; stepfathers J.W. Kuhn and Beau Flanery; sisters, Jeanette Williams and Betty Ann Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Hazen Elementary PTO for PPE, water, and cleaning supplies. The family appreciates the love and support shown during this time. Thank you for joining us in celebrating his life.

Visitation and Services will be held at the DeValls Bluff Community Center, 710 E. Sycamore Street, DeValls Bluff, AR. Visitation – 1:00 P.M. / Services – 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Warren Kenneth (Kenny) Brown

Posted in Obituaries on August 19th, 2020 by admin

Warren Kenneth (Kenny) Brown, age 67, passed away on August 12, 2020.  Kenny was born in Hazen, Arkansas the first son of Warren and Odean Brown, on December 22, 1952.  Kenny was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by two brothers, Dennis Brown and James Brown.  He is also survived by his step-daughter, Ava Self, who helped take care of him, along with many relatives and friends.  There is no service planned at this time.

Chyde Qualls

Posted in Obituaries on August 17th, 2020 by admin

Chyde Qualls, 77, of Hazen, passed away on August 10, 2020 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock Arkansas. Chyde was born May 12, 1943 in Hazen, Arkansas to Ruth Qualls and Teddy Miller.

Chyde graduated in 1963 from Biscoe High School in Biscoe, Arkansas.  He was formerly united in marriage to the late Harriet (Williams) Qualls Dupriest. He formerly worked as a federal employee at the now defunct Joliet Arsenal (renamed Joliet Army Ammunition Plant) as well as at Riceland Foods in Hazen, Arkansas.

Chyde is survived by his sons, Patrick Qualls (North Little Rock, AR) and Carl Qualls (Wheaton, IL); daughter, Lisa Qualls(North Little Rock, AR); grandchildren: Amber (Milton) Choice(Colorado Springs, CO), Etienne Qualls (Wheaton, IL) , Patrick Qualls Jr. (North Little Rock, AR), and Arin Langston(Jacksonville, FL);  3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Zola Jackson(Hazen, AR), Ruth Jane Qualls (Hazen, AR), Baseemah (Wali) Hasan (Ft. Worth, TX); brothers, Leodus (Dorothy) Qualls (Pine Bluff, AR) and Zakee Wadood Sr.(Hazen, AR) and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Qualls; father, Teddy Miller; and brother Demetrious Qualls.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas.