Wyatt Ernest Raper

Posted in Obituaries on June 11th, 2021 by admin

Wyatt Ernest Raper of Conway was born June 1, 2021 and passed away in his sleep on June 7, 2021.  Wyatt is the infant son of Matthew and Jani Raper of Conway and brother, Brayden.  Survivors include his grandmothers, Deborah (Plafcan) Ransom of Fayetteville and Rita (Collins) Raper Anderson of Hazen and aunts, uncles, and a host of cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jack Ransom and Prairie county sheriff, Randy Raper.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Center Point Cemetery in Hazen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to local churches and Charities. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Tammy Edge

Posted in Obituaries on June 8th, 2021 by admin

Tammy Edge, 59 of Hazen died Monday, June 7, 2021.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Frances Edge and nephews, Andrew Bowen and Phillip Abrams.

She is survived by a sister Wanda Tiner of Stuttgart and her brother, Ricky Edge and wife, Marilyn of Hazen, her aunt, Dean Gunnell and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the Westbrook Funeral Chapel in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.  The family requests memorials be made to

the Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen, the Hazen Cemetery or the American Diabetes Association.

Rickey Kloss

Posted in Obituaries on June 2nd, 2021 by admin

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Rickey Kloss, 62, of Hazen, Arkansas passed away June 1, 2021 with his daughter by his side. Rick enjoyed playing the guitar, being around his kids, family, and friends, especially his grandchildren. Rick loved to tell jokes and never met a stranger. He could always put a smile on someone’s face.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Givens; father, Richard Kloss; two brothers, Butch Kelly and Tony Kelly and his first love, the mother to his kids, Rhonda Faye Kloss.

Rick is survived by his children, daughter, Christina Cole and husband, Paul and their children, Peyton and Colton Cole; his son, Chad Kloss and his children, Alley and Alania Kloss; his sister, Angela Kloss and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews that he held dear to his heart and one special friend, Michelle Loftis.

Funeral services for Rickey will be Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Oasis Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. by Bro. Teddy Walker. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Patricia Jo Henry Aycock

Posted in Obituaries on May 28th, 2021 by admin

Patricia Jo Henry Aycock, age 86, of Carlisle, Arkansas passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 22, 2021.  She was born August 30, 1934 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Freida and Orville Henry, Sr. She retired from the Carlisle School District in 1998 where she worked after serving over 20 years as a United States Air Force wife.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, the love her life, Christopher (Tommy) Carroll Aycock.  Pat was also proceeded in death by her five brothers and two sisters.  

She was always strong-willed and organized.  She had to be to raise three daughters.  Pat and Chris moved around the country and even around the world, and they were always an inspiration to their girls.  Pat made a point to be thoughtful and kind.  Anyone who knew her could attest to her always being dressed and ready for every situation.  She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.  And, they all loved visiting their Nanny.  She was a long-time member of Carlisle United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed lunch at the Senior Citizen’s Center.  She also loved spending time with her ladies group.  

Pat was definitely independent but also devoted to her husband.  She spent the last six months without Chris and proved she could do everything on her own, but she did things on her time, and she chose to join him.

Patricia is lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Susan (Steve) Bullington, Carol (Douglas) Wilson, Traci (Mike) Burnham.  Nanny will be missed by her six grandchildren, Ryan (Rachel) O’Quinn, Katy (Chris) Smith, Lauren (Daniel) Hawthorne, Mallory (Gray) Millsap, Chase (Jane) Burnham, and Dylan Burnham.  Nanny also has three great-grandchildren, Karsyn & Kori Smith and Cooper Hawthorne, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Friday, June 4th at 10:00 AM at the Hazen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the 20th Century Club at hopeawayfromhome.com, the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle or St. Jude’s Hospital.

“Sonny” James Hancock

Posted in Obituaries on May 21st, 2021 by admin

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Philippians 3:21

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

“Sonny” James Hancock, 54, of DeValls Bluff, formerly of Forrest City, Arkansas, left this world to be with our Father in heaven on May 19, 2021. He was born on April 10, 1967 in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

James is survived by his mother, Barbara Hancock; his sister, Tammy Griffin; two nieces, Rebecca Hancock and Hayley Cooper, and one nephew, Jacob Cooper; brother-in-law, Ken Griffin and one great niece, Madelyn Lindsey plus a host of wonderful aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Hancock.

“Sonny” graduated from Forrest City High School in 1986. He then went on to serve in the military for a short time before he came home to help with the family business. He continued on with his life to do odd jobs and work at T&S Sawmill in Clarendon, Arkansas. James enjoyed spending time with his family and enjoyed playing video games, watching movies, and fishing. He was very loved by his family and friends and always had a big heart to help anyone in need.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Floral arrangements may be delivered to the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.

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.”

Teresa JoAnn Wilkins

Posted in Obituaries on May 17th, 2021 by admin

Teresa JoAnn Wilkins, 69 of Hot Springs, formerly of Hazen, passed away on Mary 12, 2021. She was born on December 8, 1951 in Hazen, Arkansas. JoAnn is survived by her husband, Mike Wilkins of 20 years; her daughter, Jill Holmes; her granddaughter, Haley Holmes; her sister, Jackie (Darrell) Whaley; her niece, Victoria (Ashley) Loudermilk; her aunts, Bobby Petty and Ruby Petrus and her uncles, Kenneth VanHouten, and Buster (Shirley) VanHouten. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlotte VanHouten Ivy and Benny McClure, and her sister, Vickie Hutchcraft.

A memorial service will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Mary Dean Skarda

Posted in Obituaries on May 17th, 2021 by admin

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Mary Dean Skarda, 94, of Hazen entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, May 15, 2021. She was born in the Center Point Community (Prairie County) on September 21, 1926 to the late James and Myrtle (Ewing) Sanders. A graduate of DeValls Bluff schools, she married the late George F. Skarda where they built their life in Hazen and raised their family. She was actively engaged through the years in various church, community and school organizations. With her husband by her side, she later opened Cottage Fabrics and Gifts which she spent many years enjoying. Mama Dean, as everyone called her, loved life and lived life to the fullest. Strong in her Christian faith, she cherished her family and friends and as many would agree, she never met a stranger. She could “strike up” a conversation with someone she had never met and by the end of the conversation she had gained a new friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Jeanie Louise; her husband, George of 64 years; her sisters, Zura Loudermilk, Annie Youngman, Dorothy DeVorak, Mildred McMullen and brother, Bud Sanders. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Janis Skarda Toll (Tom); son, Frank Skarda (Martha); grandchildren, Angela Toll, George Toll (Tabatha), Ashley Carpenter (Eugene), Liz Clark (Kit); great-grandchildren, Blayne Toll, Jesse and Chrystal Carpenter and Jacob Clark and sister-in-laws, Pat Sanders and Joy Skarda; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hazen First Baptist Church from 1:00-2:00 with services immediately following at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hazen First Baptist Church, the Czech National Cemetery, or a memorial of your choice. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Chambers Nursing Home for all the love and attention they gave to our mother during her stay as they called her “The Queen of Hazen.”

Jimmy Dale Guenther, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on May 10th, 2021 by admin

Jimmy Dale Guenther, Sr. went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2021.  He was born on April 13, 1935 to David and Lillian Guenther about 30 yards from where he lived most of his life.  He was life time farmer.  Jim liked to hunt and fish, but he loved spending time with his family the most.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Robbins Guenther; his siblings, Joseph (Shorty) Guenther, Donald Guenther, Wayne Guenther, Virginia Faye Todd, and a great-grandson, Bryce Griffin.  He is survived by three sisters, Marie (Reedy) Burnett, Alice Snyder, Betty Ann (John) Cruthis, and one brother,

Charles Lynn Guenther; four children, Janet (Keith) King, Jimbo (Carolyn) Guenther, Ricky Guenther, and Scott (Lisa) Guenther; nine grandchildren, Stephen (Lynn) Roberts, Cindy (Ivan) Rodriguez, Kirk (Lauren) King, Dillion (Brittany) Castleberry, Dustin (Kaitlyn) Castleberry, Amie Griffin, Alan Guenther, Hannah Guenther, Allison (Jacob) Guenther; 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; 23 nieces and nephews, and many great-great nieces and nephews (whom he loved and cared about), and a host of special friends and neighbors who will miss him.

He was baptized at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.

The visitation will be Friday, May 14, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M..  The funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville with interment in the Hazen Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Mason Sickel, Andrew Sickel, Andy Lisko, Kirk King, Stephen King, and Ivan Rodriguez.  Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Sickel, Alan Sickel, John Cruthis, Leslie Gaddy, Robert Pyton, Todd Guenther, and Timmy Guenther.

Rickey Edward Johnson

Posted in Obituaries on April 29th, 2021 by admin

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Rickey Edward Johnson, age 69, passed away on April 29, 2021 in his home 
town of Hazen. He was born in Nettleton, AR on February 19, 1952 to the late Richard and Nellie Pauline Johnson.

He attended Nettleton High School and worked for Frito-Lay, in which he retired after 28 years. He enjoyed his grandchildren, the Razorbacks, and spending time at the beach. Rick was a former member and President of the
Hazen school board and volunteered as a coach for multiple sports in the community.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, siblings; Kenneth Johnson, Wilford Johnson, Charles Johnson, and Sue Black, and an infant daughter Brandy Johnson.

Rick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Trudy Johnson; three daughters, Kimberly Huppert and husband, Jason, Kim Glaze and husband, Brian, and Karmen Lawson and husband, Mitchell; five grandchildren, Kristopher Huppert, Brandy Huppert, Addison Glaze, Beckett Lawson, and Henry Lawson; two great grandchildren, Zayne Huppert and Karissa Huppert; and siblings, Jean Irving, LaCreatia Hall, Paul Johnson, and Betty Carter. Rick also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends, and his beloved dog Penny.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen with visitation at 10:00 A.M. prior to the service.

Interment of ashes will be at the Hazen Cemetery.

Michael Scroggins

Posted in Obituaries on April 28th, 2021 by admin

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Michael Scroggins, 43, of De Valls Bluff passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home.  He was born September 1, 1977 to Billy and the late Debra Scroggins.  Michael lived in Prairie County a majority of his life.

Michael loved his family and spending time with them.  He enjoyed being outdoors, operating heavy equipment, listening to music, and working on his beloved raggedy truck.  He had a infectious laughter and smile that will be remembered as well as missed.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Debra; his sister, Angel, and his grandfather, John Holyfield, Sr.  He is survived by his wife, Stacey; his father, Billy; his sister, Jennifer Berry; his children, Jacob, Gracen, and Kameryn Scroggins; grandmother, Marha Holyfied; a uncle, John Holyfield, Jr. (Stephanie); a devoted dog, Bear, and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 at the pavilion in the Center Point Cemetery.  There will be a visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.