​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.

 Rudy Dueck VanHouten

Posted in Obituaries on March 22nd, 2017 by admin

Rudy VanHouten 001Rudy Dueck VanHouten of Hazen, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He was born January 22, 1927 in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Commie Dwight and Viola Mathis VanHouten.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and John VanHouten; sisters, Gladys Vick and Charlotte Ivy; daughter, Evelyn Ann VanHouten, and a niece Vicki McClure Hutchcraft.  Rudy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosetta Ann VanHouten; sons Darrell (Tammy) VanHouten of Maumelle, Rodney (Tammy) VanHouten and Travis (Shelly) VanHouten of Hazen; daughter, Trudy (Rick) Johnson of Hazen; Also survived by three brothers, T.L. (Skinny) VanHouten, B.R. VanHouten, Kenneth (Bumpin) VanHouten all of Hazen; sisters, Ruby Petrus of Stuttgart and Bobbie Petty of Hazen; ten grandchildren, Josh (Amy) VanHouten, Christian (Stephanie) VanHouten, Paige (Heath) Hawkins, Kim (Brian) Glaze, Karmen (Mitchell) Lawson, Alexis (Tyler) Fields, Brayden, Clark, and Chase VanHouten; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke, Peyton, Zac, Luke, MacKinlee, Addison, Tesla, and Beckett.

Rudy was loving and devoted to his wife, kids, and grandchildren.  He was a lifelong farmer and avid hunter.  His joyful and joking spirit will be remembered and cherished throughout the community.  His acts of kindness will never be forgotten and always cherished.

Rudy was a retired fire department member, city council member, former deputy sheriff, justice of the peace, member of the American Legion, Hazen Deer Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazen and a World War II veteran.

Visitation will be 10:00 A.M.Friday, March 24, 2017 and funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. all at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen. Burial will be at the Hazen Cemetery following services.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice  11900 Colonel Glen Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210.




Paul Joseph Oslica

Posted in Obituaries on March 5th, 2017 by admin

Paul Joseph Oslica of Carlisle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  He was born January 5, 1939 in Hazen, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Joseph John and Mary Agnes Oslica.  Paul is survived by much of his family; his four sisters, Agnes and Mary Louise of Eads, Tennessee, Evelyn of Greenwood, and Joan O’Keane (Jim) of Maumelle; his four children, Connie (Lesley) of Conway, Ramona Ball (Ross) of Paron, Richard (Penny) of Fayetteville, Ed (Wanda) of Omaha, Nebraska; his nine grandchildren, Ren (Nicole), Katie Holt (David), Austin, McKenzie, Aly, Jeremy Ball, Justin Ball, Zac and Morgan and four great-grandchildren, Jasper, Tristan and Addison Holt and Ellis Croken.

Paul was a devoted father to his children and loving brother to his sisters.  He was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church; member of the Parish Council, Carlisle, Arkansas; the Knights of Columbus, Slovak; and he was a proud member and founder of Cedar Tree Acres, Slovak, Arkansas.  He was also a member of the Carlisle Jaycees.

Paul graduated from Subiaco Academy, Subiaco, Arkansas in 1957.  He enjoyed farming in Hazen and Carlisle for 30 years.  He continued his love for the outdoors and hunting while working at Greenbriar Hunting Club, Hazen, Arkansas for the past 30 years, making lifelong friends along the way.  Paul was widely respected in his community and loved by all.  He was known for his kindness towards others and his concern for others over himself.

Paul treasured travelling to his grandchildren’s school and sporting events.

Some of the special names that Paul is known by are:  “Big Paul” – to his many friends, “Schlitz”- to his classmates at Subiaco, “Brother” – to his loving sisters, “Pawpaw” and “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the greatest name of all known by his children – “DAD”.

We have faith and trust that he has recently heard: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle followed by Rosary at 7:00 at the church.  Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Rose Catholic Church inCarlisle.  Interment will be in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius CatholicCemetery in Slovak.

Bill Carroll Flatness

Posted in Obituaries on March 1st, 2017 by admin

Bill Flatness picture 001Bill Carroll Flatness, 37, of Pine Bluff, passed away February 27, 2017.  Bill was born in Stuttgart, December 21, 1979. He was a devoted Cubs and Chicago Bulls fan and a loving son, father, and brother.

Bill is survived by his parents, Keith and Debra Flatness and his biological father, Billy Joe Quinn; one son, Wyatt Flatness of Hazen; three daughters, Hanna, Cassidy and Bailey Flatness all of Illinois; three brothers, Chris (Jennifer) Flatness of Minooka, Illinois, Joe (Eva) Quinn of Dacula, Georgia, and Ricky Snellgrove of Brinkley; one sister, Angela (Jessie) Barnhill of Hazen and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Family Christian Fellowship Church in Hazen by Bro. Teddy Walker.  Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Laura Anne Konecny McKee

Posted in Obituaries on March 1st, 2017 by admin

Laura Konecny MckeeLaura Anne Konecny McKee, 45, of Stuttgart passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  She was born September 26, 1971 in Stuttgart to John and Betty Ahrens Konecny.  Laura was preceded in death by her father, John Konecny and son Matthew McKee.

Survivors are her twins, David and Jennifer McKee; mother, Betty Konecny; brothers, James and Lester; sisters, Vanessa Denman and Cindy Munnerlyn.

Memorials may be made to her children David and Jennifer McKee Memorial fund at Farmers and Merchants Bank, p.o. Box 1010, Stuttgart, Ar. 72160,

Visitation and rosary will be 6:00 P.M.Thursday, March 2 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M.Friday, March 3, 2017 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak.

Allyn Dale Wilson

Posted in Obituaries on February 14th, 2017 by admin

Allyn WilsonAllyn Dale Wilson, 52 of De Valls Bluff, died February 12, 2017.  Allyn  was a former truck driver.  He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Whiteside of De Valls Bluff; son, Joey Tenorio of Stuttgart; grandchildren, Alexis and Brandy Wilson, Seath Whiteside, Christopher, Stayden, Christian, Brayden and Austin; great-grandson, Gabriel Franks, and step-daughter, Donna Hughes.  Allyn was preceded in death by his grandson, Zachary Whiteside.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Flynn Cemetery near Humphrey.

Christy Marie Anderson

Posted in Obituaries on February 13th, 2017 by admin

Christy Anderson PictureStaff Sergeant Christy Marie Anderson, 44 of Hazen, died Monday, February 6, 2017 in Killeen, Texas.  She was a graduate of Hazen High School and served 10 years with the United States Army.

Christy is survived by her mother, Janet Swindle of Hazen; daughter, Megan Anderson of Hazen and her grandfather, Otto Swindle of Carlisle.  She was preceded in death by her father, James Swindle; her grandmother, Cathryn Swindle and numerous other relatives.

Visitation will be held Friday February 17, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Hazen National Guard Armory prior to the service at 2:00 P.M. at the Armory.

Burial with full military honors will be at Peppers Lake Cemetery South of De Valls Bluff.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Kenneth Dale Mills

Posted in Obituaries on February 11th, 2017 by admin

Kenneth Dale Mills, 69 of Hazen, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was a Navy veteran and a truck driver.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Manley and Nora Mills; sisters, Virginia Young and Georgia Crane and two brothers, Don and Lynn Mills.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Kee Mills of Hazen; one sister, Lee Stevenson of Imperial, Missouri; children, Christie (Daniel) Rose of Weatherford, Texas, Michael (Shelley) Mills of Hazen and Jason (Erin) Ritchie of Norfolk, Virginia; Grandchildren, Kierra (Sean) and Katherine of Weatherford, Texas, Mikie, Luke, and Matthew of Hazen, Alley, Skylar, Ezri, Zadie of Norfolk, Virginia and Miriah Sides of Saint Genevive, Missouri; great-grandchildren, William, Preston, Paizlie of Weatherford, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Monday, February 13, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M.Tuesday, February 14 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.

The family requests memorials be made to the Center Point Cemetery.